HKS reflects on Women’s History Month

HKS reflects on Women’s History Month


During the month of March, Harvard Kennedy School observes Women’s

History Month as an annual celebration of the contributions and achievements

that women have made throughout history.

Women have played integral roles in cultural, economic, and

social life and have been leaders in major progressive social movements:

women’s suffrage, abolition, emancipation, the labor movement, civil rights,

and in contemporary intersectional social justice movements. However, these

contributions are often overlooked and marginalized today in the United States and

in countries across the globe due to the lasting legacy of patriarchy.

Throughout Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting

some of the many ways HKS students, faculty, and staff are addressing gender

inequality and injustices that persists in the U.S. and abroad.

As Women’s History Month gets underway, we encourage you to

attend upcoming events and watch recordings of events from previous years.

ATTEND: An International Women’s Day Conversation


An International Women’s Day Conversation

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
Register here to receive Zoom link. 

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP)

will host a panel of leaders and experts to discuss how to raise awareness

against gender bias and discrimination and identify how to take action towards

equality in politics, the workplace, and beyond.

The discussion will feature:

  • Carmen Yulín Cruz, WAPPP Leader in

    Practice, CPL Hauser Leader, and former mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico

  • Lori Ehrlich, FEMA Regional Administrator

    and former Massachusetts State Representative

  • Deepa Purushothaman, WAPPP Leader in

    Practice, former senior executive, and corporate inclusion visionary

The conversation will be moderated by Iris Bohnet,

WAPPP Co-Director and Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government.

WATCH: Previous Events & Speakers

The Women Who Fought ISIS: Stories of Bravery and Courage

from Kobani, Syria

To celebrate Women’s History Month in 2021, Professor Juliette Kayyem moderated a discussion with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and New York Times bestselling author. The discussion focused on Lemmon’s book The Daughters of Kobani, which tells the story of women who battled ISIS town by town, street by street.

The Future of Diplomacy is Female: A Conversation with

Secretary Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, with her steady voice of reason and analysis, draws on her decades of experience to discuss the leadership qualities needed to face new diplomatic challenges of the 21st century.