Events and Programs

The Women's Commons offers a variety of events and programs throughout the year. Whether it is one of our signature programs such as the Empower Leadership Retreat or an awareness event, we have something that is sure to interest you.


Womxn's Herstory Month

The month of March is Women's Herstory Month and this year's theme at USD is "We are Here: Community at the Intersections". 

Why the "X" in "Womxn" you ask?

At the Women's Center, we believe that the practice of feminism needs to be intersectional for it to thrive. Feminism without the intersectional lens is not feminism. We wanted to emphasize this for Women's Herstory Month, and we felt one significant way in doing so is by utilizing the spelling of "womxn" instead of "women". 

"Womxn" is an inclusive term and spelling that validate individuals whose experiences exist beyond social norms of "woma​nhood". The spelling also has precedent in Latinx communities, who had been using "womxn" long before it started becoming mainstream. By using womxn for Womxn's Herstory Month, we hope to amplify the identities and experiences of women of color, transgender individuals, and individuals who are non-binary/non-conforming. 

Here are a few reasons why Womxn is more inclusive than Women:

  • Having the "x" breaks apart the patriarchal standard of language
  • Women are not a sub-set of man/men 
  • Womxn disrupts the concept of the gender binary

Pay Equity

Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man - simply because she is a woman.  Learn more about addressing the wage gap at these events.

  • Equal Pay Day
  • Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops
Equal Pay Day

Consciousness Raising Events

Join us on Fridays throughout the semester as we engage in conversation around different gender-related issues. Oh, and enjoy some bundt cake! Past topics have ranged from radical body positivity to Black feminist thought to Eco-feminism. Check out upcoming events to find out when the next Nothing Bundt Feminism will be held!

USD BSRC and Women's Commons Present: Black Feminist Thought. Join us at the first Nothing Bundt Feminism of the semester for an afternoon of dialogue, empowerment, community building and (of course) bundt cakes! February 15th, 12:30pm at SLP 420. Featuring photos of Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Bell Hooks and Patricia Collins.