Celebrating Women & Women’s History Month

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2022 theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." This is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history."

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At the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion, we honor and celebrate the achievements of women throughout history. We also continue to look critically at equity and opportunities for LGBTQ+ women and Women of Color.

Women’s History Month celebrations last all month long. Visit una.edu/edu/tradition/unawoman and the Center for Women’s Studies on Instagram @womenscenteruna 


graphic with text saying International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women.

In 2022, the UN “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” calls for climate action for women, by women. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives, and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers.

We hope you can join the Center for Women’s Studies on March 8th for their celebration of International Women’s Day.

graphic with text Year of the UNA Woman

The Year of the UNA Woman celebrates 150 years of progress from when UNA first opened its doors to women in 1872. The University of North Alabama is honoring the sesquicentennial by highlighting important women throughout UNA’s history and championing the next generation of leaders. On this path of innovation, we celebrate women and their role in progressing our campus toward positive change.

Visit www.una.edu/edu/tradition/unawoman to learn more.

graphic with text Women of Action

Women of Action is a series that highlights women in the local Shoals area who have made an impact in our community. We invite them to our virtual stage to share about their careers, community impact, and journey. 

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In 2022, we entered our fourth semester of Women of Action. Our catalog of speakers is nothing short of impressive. Be sure to watch all of our past interviews by clicking on their names below:

Dr. Rachel Winston

Dr. Rachel Winston is compassionate, resilient, insightful, and full of wisdom. You don't want to miss her interview in our Women of Action Series! Learn more about Dr. Winston's journey into nursing, higher education, and civic engagement. 

Kaytrina Simmons 

Kaytrina Simmons is insightful, driven, and has a heart for this community. You won't want to miss her interview in our Women of Action Speaker Series! Learn more about Kaytrina's journey into local politics, what keeps her motivated, and what plans she has for the future. 

Janyce Fadden

Janyce B. Fadden is insightful, driven, and an expert in her field. As the Director of Strategic Engagement here at the University of North Alabama, Janyce discusses her unique journey into business and higher education. She shares with us her passions, ambitions, and advice she has for women in business.

Tori Bailey 

​​Tori Bailey is the president of the NAACP Tri-County Branch, Colbert County Commissioner, and owner and general manager of WZZA radio. ⁣She is determined, knowledgeable, and full of wisdom. 

Chelsea Kauchick

Chelsea is a University of North Alabama alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing and Marketing. She is a lifelong resident of the Shoals and is a leader, advocate, and champion of community change. ⁣

Andrea Holt

Andrea has a love for non-profit work. She is a leader and community advocate and is passionate about educating people on topics related to child abuse and child safety, volunteerism, human trafficking, poverty, and more.

Gabriela Snell

Gabriela is a community activist, graduate of the University of North Alabama, and former president of Equality Shoals. She has served as a board member of Project Say Something, and is now continuing her work as an activist and advocate in Portland, Oregon.

Randa Hovater 

Randa is the youngest city council member in the Shoals area and one of the few females in office. Her campaign experience is one for the books! She is a marketing professional and the president for the Shoals Young Professionals group.

Trinda Owens

Trinda is a community educator and UNA alum. She spends her time advocating for and empowering today's youth and is the founder of the iStand Foundation. Her social work heart makes her a force to be reckoned with.

Dr. Pat Sanders

Dr. Pat Sanders is a Professor and Chair for the Department of Communication at the University of North Alabama. She hosts a Podcast "This Prof Life: Women of Color in Higher Education". She is an inspirational speaker in the classroom and community and enjoys mentoring students.

And be sure to register for our next Women of Action with Ruby Villalobos Adams.

Ruby is a graduate of the University of North Alabama. She is an attorney, member of the Alabama State Bar, and is passionate about working in family law, immigration, and criminal law. She serves our community as a local Shoals Young Professional.

Finally, we hope you can join in the action and celebrate women this month!

Visit the displays offered in Collier Library:

  • Center for Women’s Studies Celebrates Women’s History
  • Honoring Past & Present Women of Action
  • Works and Books: Women’s History Month

and Florence Lauderdale Public Library:

  • The Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott 

Be sure to join our community in celebrating the Weekend of Women, March 10 - 12!

image collage showing displays from Year of the UNA Woman