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Emory celebrates Women’s History Month 2021

Renee Montgomery, co-owner and executive of the Atlanta Dream and former WNBA player, will be the featured speaker at “Beyond the Games: Black Women in Sports Past, Present and Future” on March 18. The panel discussion is one of many events celebrating Women’s History Month at Emory during March.

The Emory community celebrates Women’s History Month with a variety of online events throughout March. 

“The pandemic caused us to abruptly abandon last year’s Women’s History Month celebrations the moment they began,” says Chanel Craft Tanner, director of Emory’s Center for Women. “This year, we were nervous that after a year of doing virtual programming and living through the pandemic, the community would be too exhausted to celebrate. We were touched by all the ways our community came together to continue the Emory legacy of celebrating women by honoring our accomplishments, recognizing our contributions to this institution and the world, and acknowledging our struggle.” 

“I am so proud of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” Tanner continues. “While this will be a Women’s History Month unlike one we’ve ever seen, I am certain that by the end of this month, women at Emory will be reminded that this is an institution that deeply values our existence.”

Observances began last week with the 2021 Women of Excellence Awards on March 4 (watch the event replay). The event, hosted by Emory’s Center for Women and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, honors those who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues affecting women at Emory and in the broader community.


Keynote focuses on Black women in sports

One highlight of the month will be the Women’s History Month keynote on Thursday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m. “Beyond the Games: Black Women in Sports Past, Present and Future” will feature former WNBA player Renee Montgomery, executive and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. Montgomery will be joined by panelists:

  • Elisabeth Akinwale, co-founder of 13th Flow Performance System
  • LaNita Campbell, Emory’s Director of the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement
  • Keiko Price, Emory’s Clyde Partin Sr. Director of Athletics

The group will discuss topics related to Black women and sports, including athletic lessons beyond their playing days. Emory history professor Carl Suddler and student Emanuelle Mottley will moderate the discussion. Speakers will answer audience questions following the discussion.

Register for “Beyond the Games: Black Women in Sports Past, Present and Future.”


Other highlights for the month

Multiple film screenings, a book discussion and the annual Pride Awards are other ways the Emory community will celebrate and recognize women during the month.


Emory Cinematheque Film Screenings and Discussions

March 10–13

Registration required.

Join the Emory Cinematheque for a screening of four films by Sarah Maldoror from March 10 to 12: Monangambee, A Dessert for Constance, Leon G. Damas and Eia Pour Cesaire.

Registrants will receive links to watch each of the films online March 10, 11 and 12. A virtual panel featuring Maldoror’s daughter Annouchka de Andrade will be held Saturday, March 13, at 4 p.m. to discuss the films.



Emory Explores: Women's History Month, Evolution of Gender in Entertainment

Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

Registration required

Join the Emory Alumni Association for a panel of Emory faculty and alumni who have worked in a variety of entertainment roles as they discuss issues related to gatekeeping and gender representation in the field of arts and entertainment.


The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border Discussion

Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

Registration required.

Join the Emory Alumni Association for a discussion of "The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border," written by 2021 Women of Excellence honoree author Julie Schwietert Collazo. The discussion will be moderated by Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas, an associate professor of Spanish in Emory’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

When: Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.


LunaFest Women's Film Festival

Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

Registration required.

LunaFest is the world's first all-women film festival that began in 2001. The festival celebrates a powerful and diverse set of women filmmakers and gives their short films a national platform. LunaFest has gone on to raise more than $5 million in efforts to support women in film and this year will showcase the work of seven female filmmakers.


Virtual Documentary Night: She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

Email to receive the discussion link.

In “She's Beautiful When She's Angry,” filmmaker Mary Dore chronicles the key events and people of the feminist movement from 1966 to 1971. Watch the film on your own and join the Students for Social Justice for an online discussion. 


2021 Pride Awards

Tuesday, March 30, at 6 p.m.

Registration required.

Join the virtual celebration highlighting the contributions of our community members and celebrate our graduating LGBTQ+ students. Varying year to year, these awards showcase the great work many people do behind the scenes for LGBTQ+ equality. Students are also awarded scholarships to acknowledge their work with the community and to enable them to continue striving toward equity.


Graduating Women of Excellence Pinning

Wednesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. 

The Graduating Women of Excellence Pinning honors graduating women across the college,

graduate and professional schools who have demonstrated great effort, strength of character and excellence during their time at Emory. If you would like to submit a brief congratulatory video to this amazing class of women, you can do so here.

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