A nationally recognized celebration throughout March, Women's History Month originated in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested President Ronald Reagan to proclaim a Women’s History Week. The week selected in March for Women’s History Week coincided with the anniversary of an 1857 strike for better pay and working conditions held by women working in a garment factory in New York City. This year’s celebration of Women’s History Month with the University of Maryland Alumni Association will include several events brought to you by academic, regional and affinity alumni networks. You can view them by week below:

Week of March 1 - 5

Tuesday, March 2
Noon - 2 p.m. EST
Building Mental Fitness Workshop
Set the foundation for understanding what mental fitness is and why it’s important. Deep dive into how we tend to self-sabotage.
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Tuesday, March 2
7 p.m - 8 p.m. EST
College Coaching After Title IX
Join The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism for a virtual discussion of "College Coaching After Title IX," where panelists discuss why fewer women's teams are coached by women. Panelists include: 
Christine Brennan, Columnist, Commentator, USA Today, CNN.
Brenda Frese, Head Coach, Maryland Women's Basketball.
Crystal Langhorne '08. Former Professional Basketball Player, Seattle Storm.
Christy Winters-Scott '90. Basketball Analyst, ESPN, Big Ten Network, NBC Sports Washington
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Wednesday, March 3
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST
Sip and Style with Aliya Thomas 
Sip & Style is a curated virtual networking happy hour, allowing professional women the opportunity to make meaningful connections and be inspired. There will be real talk about topics that matter related to style, self image, and body positivity. There’s also an opportunity to bring your specific questions to an industry style expert during “Ask Aliya Anything!”
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Thursday, March 4
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Maryland Smith Women Inspire
For the tenth year, Women Inspire will showcase Maryland Smith’s fearless alumnae leaders excelling in business. This annual event will celebrate female empowerment that inspires attendees and challenges them to realize and reach their full potential.
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Week of March 8 - 12

Monday, March 8
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST
Connecting Women Worldwide
The global pandemic has indefinitely halted our ability to gather freely with friends, family, and co-workers at our usual meeting places. In these times of social distancing, we must create as many meaningful interactions for connection as we possibly can, particularly connecting incredible women from across the globe and uniting in solidarity instead of competition. Our mental and emotional health depend on it.
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Wednesday, March 10
6:00 p.m. EST
Turning Your Passions Into a Fulfilling Career
In this conversation moderated by Cate Luzio, Founder & CEO of Luminary with Modupeh Jahamaliah, Manager, Communications at NYCFC and Amy Shoenthal, Vice President/Group Manager, Digital at M Booth, hear from these women on their journey that got them to where they are today, lessons learned along the way, and how they have harnessed their talents, strengths, and passions to find the right path.
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Thursday, March 11
Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Women in Social and Data Science
A Seat at the Table: Stories and lessons from UMD alumni is a new series featuring alumni from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, representing an array of industries and organizations. This series focuses on what it means to have a "seat at the table?" Through this program, we highlight BSOS alumni in mid to senior positions and learn from their leadership and personal experiences. 
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Thursday, March 11
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Staying Civically Engaged While Socially Distant
Social distance requirements can present serious challenges for civic engagement and community organizing. In celebration of Women's History Month, join us for a conversation with fellow Terp women who are expert organizers for social change. Whether it's voter registration efforts or environmental activism, we'll have a thoughtful discussion on civic engagement during a global pandemic.
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Week of March 15 - 19
There will be no events due to the university's Spring Break.

Week of March 22 - 31

Tuesday, March 23
5 p.m. EST
How to Grow Your Side Hustle Alongside Your Career
If 2020 has taught us anything, it's to never take for granted having a job and to find what makes us happy in life. So let 2021 be the year to act upon these lessons and learn how to start a successful side hustle! Tune in to hear from fellow Terp alumni who have mastered their side hustles.
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Tuesday, March 30
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Striking Out On Your Own
Have you ever considered leaving your 9 to 5 and starting your own business? Many women have considered doing just that, but for some reason have not taken the first step. This panel discussion will address questions about leaving your job and tips on how to build your own business. Our session will be moderated by Kayra Alvarado '05. Panelists, Seema Alexander '00 of Disruptive.CEO and Shannon Jones '05 of verb. will provide tips and best practices for "striking out on your own."
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Tuesday, March 30
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
Smith Champions: Women at the Top of Their Game
Join the Maryland Smith community on Tuesday, March 30 for a conversation with Smith alumnae, and former Maryland Lacrosse players, Leigh Burnside '92 and Taylor Cummings '16, as they discuss how they were able to take the skills learned on the field and in the classroom, and translate them into respective careers as businesswomen. 
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Wednesday, March 31
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
A Century of the 19th Amendment: Perspectives on Women’s Rights in the U.S.
A virtual lunchtime talk with Ruth Igielnik, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center, and UMD Alumna, featuring comments from Jessica Vitak, Associate Professor at UMD's iSchool and Co-Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI). Join the UMD Libraries as we: explore the results of a major survey on perceptions about women’s rights conducted by the Pew Research Center; delve into how the Center’s polling, analysis, and empirical social science research aims to inform the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world; inquire how communities can use technology, information, and organization research to support learning, facilitate innovation, and enhance individual and civic well-being. Powered by the UMD Libraries and the UMD College of Information Studies in honor of Women’s History Month. 
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Wednesday, March 31
7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
Beyond the Court: A Panel Discussion with Women who Make Up the Behind the Scenes of the Sports World
Have you ever thought about the players behind the scenes of the sports world? In this event we will be hearing from amazing women who have built their careers in the sports world, while not necessarily playing on the field.
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Check out these past women's events for more inspiration. 

Read these featured stories highlighting Terp women from our Alumni Blog:

Head of the Class: Smith School Graduate De Armond ’94 Guides Accounting Students into the Future

Doing Good with Audrey Awasom ‘18

Terp Insights: I Did It All, Just Not All At Once