Rochester Celebrates International Women’s Day

The University of Rochester community celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, with a variety of events and field trips.

At the Simon Graduate School of Business, members of the Simon Women in Business Club gathered to recognize the day. As an organization dedicated to supporting businesswomen both during their tenure at graduate school and in the years that follow, SWiB coordinates efforts in career services, professional development, and mentoring. Celebrating March 8 is just one way the organization fosters camaraderie throughout Simon’s female community.

For the past three years, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (SBAI) has also celebrated International Women’s Day. The Institute brought  more than 30 students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Rochester community on an annual historic field trip to the Matilda Joslyn Gage home in Fayetteville, NY.

photo2Matilda Joslyn Gage was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association and publisher of its national newspaper. Trip attendees toured Gage’s home while learning about Gage’s life as a suffragist, Native American rights activist, abolitionist, and fearless advocate for religious freedoms. Gage worked closely with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, including co-editing the first three volumes of The History of Woman Suffrage. Her views on human rights deeply influenced her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz stories.

Past trips included visits to the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the Harriet Tubman House, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Interfaith Institute. Plans for next year’s trip are already underway! If you would like to be included in information about the trip, as well as other SBAI activities, send an email to