a collage of various female students for WHM 2023
Power and Passion
Trinity University celebrates Women’s History Month 2023 with events, recognitions, and more

“We are most powerful and dangerous when we are working at the intersection, for the women among us who are most vulnerable.” - Audre Lorde

At Trinity University, Women’s History Month (WHM) 2023 kicks off with a multimedia performance by Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz, “There is More Beyond This Shallow Sky.” Bielak and Schmalzknown as Balas & Wax—integrate collaboration, intensive research, and material experimentation to create works that respond to social questions. The public performance and conversation will take place on Wednesday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in Dicke Hall 108, the Raymond ’56 and Mary Jane ’57 Judd Screening Room.

The first weekend of WHM offers a glimpse into the history of women’s athletics. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the passage of the historic Title IX legislation, Trinity University Press is launching the much-anticipated From the Sidelines to the Headlines: The Legacy of Women's Sports at Trinity University. To celebrate the book launch, join Trinity University Press, Trinity’s Sport Management Program, and the Trinity University Department of Education on Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall for a panel of San Antonio sportswomen discussing women's trials and triumphs in sports, including how educational opportunities have evolved in the last 50 years.

From the Sidelines to the Headlines is an expansive book aimed at filling in the gaps in coverage of half a century of women’s intercollegiate sports. Authored by softball and track and field alumna Betsy Gerhardt Pasley ’77, contributors include Trinity University historian Doug Brackenridge and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jody Conradt. 

Continue your women-in-sports journey with Trinity women’s basketball alumna Yanika Daniels ’96, who will present the lecture, “Of Sports and Courts: One Athlete’s Journey Through the Intersection of Gender, Race and Justice in Sports.” The lecture will take place on Monday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. in Richardson Communication Center, Room 320.

Several more WHM events are scheduled throughout the month, many of which are sponsored by Trinity’s Women’s and Gender Studies (WAGS) program. Follow WAGS on Instagram (the account is run by students!), and be sure to watch Trinity’s social media, newsletters, and the University’s event calendar for event information.

At Trinity, women are at the forefront of our pursuit of excellence. Powering the surge is President Vanessa B. Beasley, whose inauguration took place in February. She is backed by current Board of Trustees Chair Melody B. Meyer ’79, and supported by the women of Trinity’s Executive Leadership Team: Megan Mustain, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Sheryl Tynes, vice president for Student Life; and Erika Robinson, general counsel.

In addition to the Executive Leadership Team, even more women are leading Trinity through research, teaching, service, and discovery. Can’t get enough? Check out stories about professors Kathryn Vomero Santos, Anene Ejikeme, Emma Treadway ’11, Nicolle Hirschfeld, and Jane Childers, exceptional scholars and mentors who are dedicated to student success. And these students are leaders, too! Take Taylor Black ’23 and Meagan McKee ’24, for example: two of countless female Trinity students applying their power and their passion to make great things happen in our world.


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