Women's History Month 

About Women’s History Month 

Before the 1970s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (Calif.) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.


The celebration was met with positive response, and schools began to host their own Women’s History Week programs. The next year, leaders from the California group shared their project at a Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants not only became determined to begin their own local Women’s History Week projects, they also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women’s History Week.


In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a “Women’s History Week.”


In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women’s History Month Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

2015 Susan B. Anthony Award Nominations 

UNF students, faculty and staff are eligible for the award, which is given each year to one member of the University community who has made significant contributions to the women of UNF.


Award nominees should be individuals who actively promote women’s growth at UNF, provide a positive role model for the women of UNF, work to improve the position of women on campus through advocacy and education, and exhibit qualities of leadership on campus. Nominees whose contributions may otherwise go unrecognized are particularly welcome, self-nomination are acceptable. Current UNF Women’s Center paid staff are not eligible for the award.


Eligible nominees will be asked to submit additional supporting materials. For more information, contact the Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528.

Susan B. Anthony Award

 2014 Susan B Anthony Award

Dr. Jennifer K. Wesely (right) received the

2014 Susan B. Anthony Award, presented

by the 2013 recipient, Kathryn Bouziane (left). 



Every spring, the University of North Florida Women's Center presents the Susan B. Anthony Award to an individual within the campus community who actively promotes women's growth at UNF, provides a positive role model for women on campus, works to improve the position of women at UNF through advocacy and education, and exhibits qualities of leadership on campus. Students, faculty and staff of UNF are eligible for the award.


The call for nominations goes out each January and the recipient is announced at the annual Women's History Month Luncheon, hosted by the Women's Center in March.


The 2014 Susan B. Anthony Award was presented to Dr. Jennifer K. Wesely, an associate professor in the Department of Criminlogy and Criminal Justice.


Wesely's nomination letter said "Dr. Wesely has certainly made significant contributions to the University by providing a positive role model for the women of UNF and has worked to improve the position of women on campus through advocacy and education and by exhiiting qualities of leadership on campus. In addition to her courses on women and crime, and other current women's issues, she has pesented numerous workshops and talks on issues concerning physical and sexual assault, dating violence, violence in the livs of homeless women, the sex trade, inequality and class, and the effect of poverty on the lives of women and girls, just to name a few."


Wesely has served and/or chaired 31 committees, presented or spoke at 13 workshops at UNF, has been involved with nine community organizations including serving as vice chair for the Mayor's Sexual Assault Awareness Committee, had seven media interviews, and has provided several other services to her profession. 


Wesely joins a prestigious group of past Susan B. Anthony Award recipients:

  • 2013 - Kathryn Bouziane
  • 2012 - Idania (Ida) Rojas Gropper 
  • 2011 - Dr. Tes Tuason 
  • 2010 - Dr. Dale Clifford
  • 2009 - Dr. Kristine Webb  
  • 2008 - Dr. Annabel Brooks
  • 2007 - Lindsey Morrison
  • 2006 - Dr. Elizabeth Furdell  
  • 2005 - Dr. Joyce Jones
  • 2004 - Dr. Elinor Scheirer  
  • 2003 - Dr. Berrin Beasley  
  • 2002 - Dr. Sharon Wilburn  
  • 2001 - Dr. Terry DiNuzzo  
  • 2000 - Dr. Pamela Chally  
  • 1999 - Donna Marie Vigilante
  • 1998 - Dr. Betty Meers  
  • 1997 - Dr. Carolyn Williams
  • 1996 - Dr. Bette Soldwedel  
  • 1995 - Dr. Christine Rasche  
  • 1994 - Dr. Susan Wallace 

UNF Women’s History Month Luncheon 

A celebration of Women’s History Month, the luncheon provides a vehicle to celebrate women, their accomplishments and their contributions to society. The Susan B. Anthony Award is presented to the current year’s recipient during the luncheon. The Women’s Center also uses the Women’s History Month luncheon to recognize students who have donated their time and talents to the Women’s Center. 


The Women’s History Month Luncheon is in March every year and is open to the public.