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Celebrate UW Womxn

Join us for a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month.

Take a moment to recognize some of the UW womxn who have had a positive impact on you, check out our calendar of events, and join us virtually for the final event of the month on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Nominate a student or colleague

All members of the UW community are invited to submit a note of recognition for deserving womxn from the UW Seattle campus. This is not a competition, and no winners are selected. Everyone is welcome—and encouraged—to submit a note of recognition. All womxn recognized will be honored and celebrated at the Celebrate UW Womxn event on March 30, 2021.

Please recognize a UW womxn by submitting an entry form

The deadline to complete a submission is March 19, 2021.

Calendar of events

Please check here for updated events, offerings and happenings throughout the month of March as we celebrate Women's History Month. Additional events will be added below.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Noon–1 pm
4th Annual PSO Diversity Forum

(Re)Building Cultures of Equity and Inclusion through Policy, Procedures and Budgets


  • Ebonee Anderson, Diversity Recruiter, University of Washington
  • Mariasol Hill, Global Intern Program Manager, Microsoft, and former Administrator for Residential Life at UW’s HFS
  • Jamilah Williams, Board Chair of Sustainable Seattle, and Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications at UW’s College of Built Environments
  • Moderated by Annette Anderson, Office of Diversity and Equity, UW-Bothell, and former president of the PSO Board

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 4 pm
Womxn of Color Celebration

In collaboration with the Q Center, UW Housing & Food Services, the UW Women’s Center and First Year Programs, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center proudly presents the 18th Annual Womxn of Color Celebration (formerly Womxn of Color Reception). Join us on March 9, 2021, at 4 pm for a feel-good event where we’ll celebrate ourselves, be in community, and envision new futures together. This year’s program will feature the captivating Jodi-Ann Burey as our keynote speaker, an interactive Q and A, and community centered breakout rooms. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:30 pm
Moving Meditation with Aina Ifetayo Oyewole-Williams of The Ride

A note from the instructor, Aina Ifetayo Oyewole-Williams of The Ride:
"We will be engaging in movement that is a combination of traditional asanas along with bodyweight strength training. While we move we will be engaging in a conversation, a meditation on a theme; the theme of connection, race, inclusion, exclusion and why we need to understand power and who holds it. The session will last 45 minutes. You will need a mat (athletic shoes are optional)." 

Registration fees for this event have been paid for by the Celebrate UW Womxn committee! This event will be held remotely, and is open to all UW Womxn students, staff, and faculty. The class size limit is 20 people, so sign up now! Please use this link to register

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Virtual Home Buyer Workshop

Did you know lenders consider your studies part of your employment history? Join Rhonda Marinkovic, Loan Consultant, and Rachel McMillan, Real Estate Professional, as they go over the process of buying a house. 

Please email to register by Wednesday March 10.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
History Café: The Important Connections Between Health and Homelessness

Learn about the history of health and homelessness in Seattle as author, nurse and public health researcher Josephine Ensign shares information from her new book Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Be a Social Advocate: A Presentation by Dr. Crystal C. Hall

All are welcome to join The First 90: Social Advocacy group for a Zoom presentation discussing how to turn social advocacy intent into action with Dr. Crystal C. Hall of the Evan's School of Public Policy and Governance. This webinar is being facilitated by the UW Combined Fund Drive staff as part of The First 90 New Year's Challenge.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Objects of Pride: Missing and Finding Community Connections

Stories bind communities together, revealing histories that lay the foundation for who we are, and where we are going. Within the LGBTQ+ community, experiences of belonging and exclusion are central to the search for connection, identity and acknowledgment of basic human rights.

Join local guests as they share their own stories through objects that inspire memories of their experiences.

Copresented by the King County Library System and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).

Ongoing throughout March

Frye Art Museum
Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection

View the general details about the exhibit at the Frye Art Museum's website. Or virtually explore the artwork in the exhibition, read the wall texts and labels, and view photographs of the exhibition galleries.

Unsettling Femininity uses the specific lens of the Frye Art Museum’s Founding Collection to probe the politics of looking and question our habitual ways of viewing images of women. Organized around four primary themes—judgement, morality, performance, artifice—the exhibition asks viewers to reconsider the very act of looking in all its positive and negative connotations. In doing so, it offers an invitation to unsettle and unpack these enduring, and often unquestioned, notions of femininity.

Frye Families: Female Figures

Frye From Home offers readers an opportunity to interact more with exhibits in the Frye Art Museum. Check out more on their current exhibit, Unsettling Femininity, as the artist poses questions for thought and offers opportunities for interaction.

Peer Nutritionist Program

Oftentimes, nutrition is the missing element when it comes to becoming a healthier you! UW Recreation strives to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Sign up for a 60-minute session with nutritionist Ivory, MPH, RDN, and UW alumna, to help you foster sustainable and healthy dietary habits. Ivory recently graduated from the Nutritional Sciences program from the UW School of Public Health. She embraces a Health at Every Size-informed approach to nutrition counseling and is passionate about reducing weight stigma and disordered eating. Sign up for a session with Ivory today!

UW Athletics

Please support our UW Womxn Athletes! You may watch or stream some of the below events, please check out their schedules for more:

Save the date to Celebrate!

This year, the Celebrate UW Womxn event will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 to close out Women's History Month. All are welcome to attend the event, and we will honor all of the UW womxn who received a recognition note at the event.

  • Please join us for our keynote speaker's address, a prize raffle, and the opportunity to celebrate UW womxn across campus.
  • An updated Facebook event link will be provided here in March.

Spelling of Womxn

The context for the spelling change to womxn from women is to be more explicitly inclusive. First noted historically in 1971 from the University of California Davis, this spelling recognizes “the agency of womxn, individually and collectively, and to challenge the notion that womxn are necessarily defined through their relation to men. This spelling is intended to honor anyone who has ever, ever will, or currently identifies as womxn.” By shifting to this spelling, we aim to be more inclusive in words and actions as it relates to intersectional identities and those identities that have been historically oppressed.

Thank you to our Partners!

Thank you to the businesses who partnered with the Celebrate UW Womxn committee to help make this event possible.

Bomb Bathing

Have your bath just the way you want it. Bath bombs handcrafted in small batches. By Melinda Gilliam, more information on her website here.

City Sweats

Seattle’s Infrared Sauna Center where urbanites can find serenity in solitude or share a cabin with a friend for their own private infrared sweat session. More information on their website here.

Station  7

"We are a home and dry goods shop focused on goods made by women-led businesses. We love local, handmade, and goods that give back." More information on their website here.

The Ride

RIDE + MOVE + BE. Premier indoor cycling, bodycamp and meditiaion. Special thank you to Aina Oyewole-Williams, Founder and Master Instructor. More information on her website here.