USC Celebrates Women’s History Month

Photograph of USC freshmen picnic, May 24, 1889. A group of seven men and nine women can be seen standing outside a building, surrounded by ivy and other foliage.

Women’s history at USC goes all the way back to the university’s beginnings

Women and women’s groups played a big role in USC’s early history — including supplying USC’s first valedictorian.

“Unlike most universities in America, USC was actually co-ed, diverse and international from its start in the 1880s, and our first valedictorian was a woman – Minnie Miltimore. And this legacy of leadership continues today.”

USC President Carol L. Folt

Women’s History Month Events at USC

USC Women’s History Month Kickoff

Join President Carol L. Folt, students, faculty, staff and alumni to kick off 2023 Women’s History Month.

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USC Women’s Conference

Join a full day of inspirational women with your fellow Trojans.

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Young Women’s Leadership Conference

This conference brings high school girls throughout the Los Angeles area to USC to guide their leadership into public service. 

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Want more Women’s History Month Events? Visit USC’s Event Calendar.


Title IX: Celebrating 50 Years of Progress

Learn about Title IX, the landmark civil rights law. Explore how those 37 words impacted gender equity at USC. Read about Trojan Trailblazers who have opened doors for others as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX.


USC News Stories


Voices Across Campus

5 Trojan women who have made history

In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate USC Dornsife alumnae who have made their mark on history, from the stage to the swimming pool to the Supreme Court.

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Athena Hacks USC creates community

More than 400 students took part in USC’s hackathon for marginalized gender identities, now in its seventh year.

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5 books to dive into for Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, USC Dornsife professors provide reading suggestions that explore the history of women around the world.

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Femfest takes over McCarthy Quad with femme power

The one-day festival presents an inclusive safe space that challenges patriarchal oppression in the music industry.

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USC Athletics honors the Women of Troy

For Women’s History Month, USC Athletics honors the storied past, present and future of the Women of Troy.

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10 things to do this Women’s History Month

USC Annenberg Media lists movies, speakers and art to support the month.

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Get Involved

Write your HerStory today. Join a group.

Find the right women’s student organization for you on EngageSC.

Connect with fellow USC alumnae

Search women’s groups through the USC Alumni Association.


Celebrate Women’s History Month with USC