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National Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Some of the trailblazing women from the Department include:

Dr. Janet Fisher
Dr. Ada Adimora
Dr. Keisha Gibson

Dr. Janet Fisher: the first female Professor of Medicine

Dr. Ada Adimora: the first African American Professor of Medicine

Dr. Keisha Gibson: in 2020, was appointed as the inaugural Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion

Learn About Other Trailblazing Women at Carolina

Month-Long Observances

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Through a campaign each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) join forces to highlight the ways in which people with and without disabilities unite to form strong communities.

National Colon Cancer Awareness Month: a dedicated annual campaign in March aimed at raising public awareness about colon cancer, promoting preventive screenings, and encouraging early detection to reduce the incidence and impact of this potentially preventable disease.

Other Holidays and Observances

March 1: Employee Appreciation Day is an annual observance held on the first Friday of March, dedicated to recognizing and expressing gratitude to employees for their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the success of an organization.

March 8: International Women’s Day: a global event that honors the achievements and contributions of women throughout history, advocates for gender equality, and raises awareness about the ongoing challenges women face worldwide.

March 8: Maha Shivaratri marks the night on which Shiva danced a dance of destruction – a dance which also led to creation. Devotees engage in fasting, night-long prayers, and visit Shiva temples to seek blessings.

March 10: The beginning of Ramadan. The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is considered one of the holiest months for Muslims. It is a period of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community for Muslims around the world.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the patron saint of Ireland. and has evolved into a global celebration of Irish culture marked by wearing green, attending parades, and enjoying festive events.

March 21: World Down syndrome day aims to raise awareness about Down syndrome, celebrate the unique abilities and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome, and advocate for their inclusion and rights in society. The date “3/21” was chosen because people with Down Syndrome have 3 copies of chromosome 21.

March 24: Palm Sunday is a Christian observance that falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, as described in the Bible’s Gospels.

March 31: Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, as described in the New Testament of the Bible.