Acadiana organizations celebrate National Women’s History Month


Women’s History Month provides the opportunity to learn about everyday women doing extraordinary things.

Nevertheless, she persisted. Honoring women who fight all forms of discrimination against women. That’s theme for this year’s National Women’s History Month.

Designated by the US Congress as National Women’s History month in 1987, March is recognized nationwide in schools and by community groups. The University of Louisiana participated in honoring women who have embodied the strength and courage to overcome obstacles through their annual Women Leadership Conference. A list of Acadiana women was spotlighted, including the late Marcelle Citron. Organizers say the impact women have in our communities is always a conversation worth having.

 “The status of woman and the history of where women have gone throughout the history of our nation. And really how many great accomplishments we’ve had in our work life in our community. And really to celebrate that. But also, to think forward about what are the things that our society can do better. What are the ways our workplace can make it more equitable for women? And provide opportunities for us to succeed just as much as the men in the room, said Taniecea Mallery, Director of Equity Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Louisiana.

Dr. Mary Neihiesel was recognized with the Brabant Trailblazer Award. Dr. Neihesel is a Professor of Nursing at the University where she has worked since 1966. She is involved in the Lafayette Rotary Club, the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, Leadership Lafayette, the March of Dimes, the faith house—- just to list a few.

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