Women's History Month Luncheon

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.

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-nominations 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

Dr. Alexandra Schonning, a University of North Florida professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2018 Susan B. Anthony award which was presented by Dr. Christos Lampropoulos, a University of North Florida associate professor of chemistry, who was the 2017 recipient. 


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 recipient of the award is announced at the annual Women's History Month Luncheon, hosted by the Women's Center in March.


Dr. Schonning is a mechanical engineering professor in the School of Engineering at the University of North Florida. She also serves as the Mechanical Engineering Coordinator and Director of the Center for Advancement of Women in Engineering (CAWE), which she also established.

 

She received her Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. 


To help retain female engineering students, Dr. Schonning is building a coaching system involving peer-to-peer mentoring, professional engineers mentoring students and a course addressing some of the issues related to gender imbalance and professional development.

 

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

 

Year

Award Recipient

2017  

 Dr. Christos Lampropoulos 

2016  

 Dr. Cheryl Frolich  

2015  

 Shannon Italia  

2014  

 Dr. Jennifer Wesely  

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 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.

 

UNF Women's Center Women's History Month Scholarship

The $1,000 Women's History Month Scholarship is awarded to a UNF student for outstanding work on campus or the local community that enhances gender equality. The award is funded by the Office of the Vice President of Student and International Affairs. The application deadline for the 2018 Women's History Month Scholarship is now passed.

 

The eligibility requirements include: current enrollment for at least nine hours for undergraduates or six hours for graduate students; enrolled for two consecutive terms at UNF; a minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduate; and work promoting and/or providing opportunities that create fairness in the way women and men are treated. Applicants are required to submit a signed application, two letters of recommendation, a one-page statement describing work enhancing gender equity and a resume.

 

The award is presented in March at the Women's History Month Luncheon.