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Women's History Month

Valiant Voices: Celebrating Women's History Month


Valiant Vision Board Party

Thursday, March 4 at 4 p.m.
Kick of Women’s History Month by using your voice and creating a Vision Board for your goals and vision of your future. Connect with RVC students, staff and faculty as we guide you through making your own Vision Board. RVC will provide a supply kit* and you'll need to bring scissors and any extra decor that helps you create your vision!
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Sister to Sister

Friday, March 12 at 9 a.m.
Friday, March 19 at 12 p.m.

Inspiring young women to believe in themselves and know that they are strong enough to overcome any obstacle, past, present, and future, with the acknowledgment of their own self-worth.
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Play that Valiant Beat Game

Friday, March 19 at 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ALAS
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Using Your Voice Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 23 at 2 p.m.
Join us for a virtual panel discussion that will highlight the work/voices of women from, living, and/or working in the Rockford area.  We invite you to find out how our panelists use their voices:

  • Dawn Dundas, Clinical Social Worker/ RVC Alum 
  • Martesha Brown, Rockford Park District 
  • Mel Champion, Women’s March Rockford 
  • Jo Minor, League of Women Voters 
  • Meredith MacKay, Crusader Health/ RVC Alum 

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Heroes of American Women’s Voting Rights 

March17- April 17, 2021
City Hall, 425 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois
An Exhibition of Women’s Empowerment created by Janie Wilson-Cook and The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford as part of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial 2020 Celebration.
Women featured in the exhibit: 

Julia Lathrop
, “Social Reformer” 1858-1932 
A contemporary of Jane Addams, Lathrop was from Rockford, Illinois. Lathrop attended, now, Rockford University, graduated from Vassar College, and worked at Hull House. She was the first woman to serve on the Illinois Child Welfare Board. As Director of the United States Children’s Bureau, 1912-22, Lathrop was the first woman to lead a federal bureau. She was instrumental in the creation of the League of Women Voters in Rockford, in 1922 became League of Women Voters of Illinois President in 1924. Rockford Public Schools’ Lathrop Grade School is named in her memory. 

Ida B. Wells-Barnett, “Provocateur” 1862-1931 
A Chicago native, Wells was an African-American investigative journalist and educator. Excluded from the two suffrage movement groups, she organized the Alpha Suffrage Club among Black women in Chicago. At a 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., the White Illinois delegation demanded that Black marchers walk at the end, behind them. Given a choice to march in the rear or nothing, Wells emerged from the crowd and marched arm-in-arm between two white supporters. 

Zitkala-Sa, “Conservator” 1876-1938 
A musician, writer, and citizenship advocate, Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin) was born on a Lakota reservation and forcibly educated in an Indiana “white” school. She was active in the the women rights movement through the Washington, D.C.-based General Federation of Women’s Clubs. One of the most influential Native American activists of the twentieth century, Zitkala-Sa advocated for Federal government to make crucial changes to education, healthcare, and the legal standing of women and Native Americans. She was instrumental in the preservation of Indian culture, music, art, stories, and oral history. 

Susan B. Anthony, “Lecturer” 1820-1906 
A passionate social reformer from Upstate New York, Anthony fought for the abolition of slavery, temperance laws, and, with a partnership with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, became a renowned speaker for women’s suffrage. Anthony supported herself by her speaker’s fees, averaging 75-100 lectures per year. She debated the merits of the 15th Amendment concerning the exclusion of women from receiving the same full civil rights as African-American men. 

Carrie Chapman Catt, “Administrator” 1859-1947 
She was a major American women’s suffrage leader who campaigned for the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which secured for U.S. women the right to vote in 1920. Catt served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and was the founder of the League of Women Voters. She is one of the best-known women in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Speechwriter” 1815-1902 
Stanton’s “Declaration of Sentiments,” presented at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 is often credited with intiating the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America. As the mother of seven children, Stanton, a prolific writer and correspondent, was the major speechwriter for Susan B. Anthony. She and Anthony co-published a New York City newspaper. She eventually joined Anthony on the lecture circuit in 1870. They were best friends for life. 

Jane Addams, “Social Worker” 1860-1935 
Addams, from Cedarville, Illinois, graduated from, now, Rockford University, and was a social reformer, sociologist, public administrator and author. She was a notable figure in women’s suffrage in the United States and an advocate for world peace. She co-founded Chicago’s Hull House, one of America’s first and most famous settlement houses. A co-founder for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. 

Month Long Celebration Events:

Talk about it Tuesdays

Join us on Kanopy to watch a women’s history month movie and then share your comments/thoughts on our Women’s History Month Discord Channel (