2013 Theme: Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

What is Women’s History Month?

Women’s History Month grew out of a small town school event in California. Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. It has been observed annually since 1987 in the United States throughout the month of March.

Why Women’s History?

History helps learn about who we are as people, but when we don’t know our own history, our power and dreams are immediately diminished. Recognizing the achievements of women in all walks of life has a huge impact on the self-esteem and new opportunities for girls and women. We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us.

Source: National Women's History Project

Women's Student Organization

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Women's Club Soccer
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Omega Theta Alpha
  • College Panhellenic Council
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Sisters Circle
  • Diamonds: Ladies of Distinction
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • LU Endzone Angels
  • Woman to Woman
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Women's Club Basketball
  • LU Baseball Sweethearts
  • Women's Club Volleyball
  • Lamar Dance Association
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • LU Cheer Team
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
  • LU Dance Team

Courses on Women's Issues

SOCI 4300.02 Single Women in the US: This course will address the following questions: Are views of single women changing or do they simply reflect the historical narratives? How do single women view themselves and how is this changing? How do single women negotiate gender in a society in which femininity is associated with dependence? What is the future of singleness in the U.S.? 

SOCI 3310 Sociology of Gender: This course takes a social constructionist view of gender. Students will examine the ways in which masculinity and femininity are constructed in Western society as well as the different forms it takes around the world.

LU Awards Available to Female Students

Bess Gentry Leadership Award: Established in 1975, this award is annually conferred as an all-university recognition of a senior woman who has demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, service, contribution and scholarship as a student at Lamar University. The award was established in the name of Bess Gentry, dean of women (1944-1968) and head of the women’s health and physical education department (1944-1956) and is cosponsored by four student organizations that Mrs. Gentry was instrumental in establishing on the Lamar campus.

Ann Shaw Leadership Award: This award recognizes a junior or senior student for fostering a spirit of teamwork, excellence in leadership, and exhibiting exemplary personal ethics and integrity while making significant contributions to the Lamar University community. Ann Shaw was a long-time employee of the university who served in numerous positions within the division of student affairs. Through her dedication to the growth and development of students and student leadership, she is personally responsible for the implementation of numerous student life programs and events, many of which have become Lamar traditions and institutions.

Ida Caldwell Citizenship Award: This award was established by Mamie McFaddin Ward in honor of her mother. The award recognizes a student for outstanding contributions campus citizenship.

Edna Brooks Scholarship: The Edna Brooks Memorial Scholarship in Music was established in her honor. Ms. Brooks was a longtime member of the faculty and a successful musician.

Belle Mead Holm Scholarship: The Dr. Belle Mead Holm Memorial Scholarship, for dance and kinesiology students, was established by friends of family in honor of Belle Mead Holm, pioneering educator, administrator, and advocate for women’s athletics.

Marie E. Gordon Scholarship: The Marie E. Gordon presidential Scholarship, for nursing majors, was established by Barbara and Alan McNeil in honor of Barbara’s mother Marie E. Gordon. Ms. Gordon’s dream of becoming a nurse was interrupted by the Great Depression.

Women's History Month Campus Events

Cake Cutting & Kickoff
March 4, 11 am - 1 pm
Setzer Student Center Arbor
Founders Appreciation Day
March 18, 11 am - 1 pm
Setzer Student Center Arbor
SDL Appreciation Mixer:
Honoring the Women of LU

March 19, 12 pm - 1 pm
Setzer Student Center Ballroom
Women’s Extravaganza
March 21, 5 pm - 7 pm
Setzer Student Center Ballroom

LU Degrees Awarded to Women, Fall 2011 - Summer 2012

Bachelor's - 848 / Master's - 993 / Doctoral - 19