Celebrating International Women’s Day at York University

Posted by Janet Nguyen on March 8, 2021

Student Life

On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate all the women and women-identifying people in our lives. Throughout history, women have persisted through oppression and inequality, remaining resilient and fighting to be treated as equals.

A woman standing on an empty dock near the ocean with a scarf flying over her head
Happy International Women’s Day!

For International Women’s Day here are a few events held at York.

Monday, March 8

Women in Leadership

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

This lunchtime webinar brings together women graduates from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies who are currently in leadership roles, to share their career journeys with you. Join as they discuss their path to success and hear valuable advice and insights. Hosted by Associate Dean, Students, Michele Johnson. Includes Q&A session.

Register for this Zoom session

Wednesday, March 10

And Still We Rise: Womxn Opposing Oppression

1 p.m. EST

The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies’ Annual Lecture “And Still We Rise: Womxn Opposing Oppression” featuring Dr. Jill Andrew, MPP Toronto-St. Paul’s Ontario and NDP Critic for Culture and Women’s Issues

Women have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. While COVID-19 has been referred to as an ‘unprecedented’ pandemic, in this talk Jill Andrew (she/her) highlights the ongoing pandemics far preceding COVID-19 waging war on womxn that are exacerbated by this current moment.

Join this talk on Zoom

Thursday, March 11

2021 Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture

Screenshot of the 2021 Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture event with Guest Lecturer Dionne Brand
Award-winning author, Dionne Brand will give the 2021 Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture

1 p.m. EST

What we saw. What we made. When we emerge.

The annual Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture honours the late Kitty Lundy, an admired educator of sociology who was associated with York University’s former Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies from 1986-89. Lundy was known for her commitment to students, her deep connection to social justice issues and passion for teaching

This year’s Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture will be given by award-winning author Dionne Brand. Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist known for formal experimentation and the beauty and urgency of her work.

A poet engagé, Brand’s award-winning poetry books include Land to Light On (the Governor General’s Literary Award and Trillium Book Award); Thirsty (The Pat Lowther Award); Ossuaries (the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize). Her latest, The Blue Clerk, an essay poem, won the Trillium Book Award. Theory, her latest of five novels, won the Toronto Book Award. She is the author of the influential non-fiction work, A Map to the Door of No Return. Her most recent non-fiction work is An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading. Brand is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

Register for the Zoom session

Friday, March 12

International Women's Day poster with women of various races and colours standing together
Celebrate women’s leadership in health, network with our panel of distinguished leaders in the field and learn about how YOU can start changing the existing in equities in this gendered field.

York International – International Women’s Day Panel

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

The Global Peer Program and the “Empowered Women, Empower Women” agents of change, will celebrate women’s leadership in health and explore the existing inequity of a gendered field through the eyes of our panel of distinguished female leaders.

Register for Zoom details


Women Empowerment Club Presents the Future is Equality Conference

5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. EST

Join the Women Empowerment Club for their annual Future is Equality Conference!

It will not only be fun but cover topics of equality, empathy and help to exponentially give back to the community as responsible advocates led by and for women.

Exciting events such as three motivational speakers and panelists, hands-on workshops, raffle and bursary recipients announced, and so much more will be held at the conference.

The conference is open to all York and non-York University students, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, and backgrounds.

Register on Eventbrite

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Janet Nguyen
Janet Nguyen

Janet Nguyen is a third-year Creative Writing and Screenwriting double major at York University. She loves to spend time playing with her kitten, Bean; cook vegetarian food; read all kinds of books, play Animal Crossing, and of course, write. She hopes her blog posts can help students navigate their way through this school year!

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