March is Women’s History Month, and Coastal Carolina University’s history is rich with strong and impactful women who have helped build this University from the ground up. To recognize and honor their contributions to this institution, region and state, we will highlight some of these women throughout the month of March.

A Coastal Career:

Pat Singleton-Young

Feature - A Coastal Career - Pat Singleton-Young

For more than four decades, Pat Singleton-Young ’75, ’78 has been a vital advocate for student growth and multiculturalism at Coastal Carolina University—as well as an inspiration to hundreds of students.

Treasure Hunter:

Meg Carter

Feature - Treasure Hunter - Meg Carter

 Thanks to the experiential learning she acquired at CCU, Meg Carter is a young alumna living her dream by running her own sea glass jewelry company, Made by Meg.


Forward Thinking:

Sigga Sigurdardottir

By leveraging innovation and technology, Sigga Sigurdardottir ’92 is revolutionizing the way the world banks.

By leveraging innovation and technology, Sigga Sigurdardottir ’92 is revolutionizing the way the world banks.

Power of reading:

Tracy Bailey

Alumni Tracy Bailey

Inspired by her final project for her master’s program at CCU, Tracy Bailey started 'Freedom Readers', which provides one-to-one volunteer-based literacy tutoring and free books.

The Facts

First women’s group

The first women’s group on campus was the Anchor Club, started in 1957. Recent groups include:

  • Sage (founded in 2012)
  • Women of Color (founded in 2014)
  • Women in Computing (founded in 2015)
  • Golden Z (founded in 2016)
  • Women in Intelligence and National Security (founded in 2016)

First CCU Olympian

amber campbell In 2008, Amber Campbell became the CCU's first Olympian, competing in the hammer throw.

She has since competed in the 2012 and 2016 Games. Her highest finish was sixth in 2016.

The first female students to graduate

were Emmaline Burroughs Cannon and Sara Lynn Singleton. The first commencement was held in May of 1959.

The first female faculty member

hired in 1954. Margaret K. Woodhouse Ph.D., taught history and English. She earned $4,500 for the 1954-1955 academic year.

First four-year female graduate

of Coastal was Joann Wiegand in 1974.

Catherine H. Lewis built the library collection

in 1958. She was also CCU's first librarian.

The first female vice president

of CCU was Sally Horner in the 1990s.

Women's Studies

The Women's Studies (later renamed Women's and Gender Studies) minor was officially created in 2002. The first directors of the program were Nelljean Rice and Preston McKever Floyd.

CCU Women's Sports Highlights:

  • Women’s basketball at CCU began in 1973.
  • Women’s beach volleyball was added in 2016.
  • Women’s cross country has made nine appearances at the NCAA championship and has 13 Big South Conference championships.
  • Women’s golf has seven Big South Conference championships.
  • Women’s indoor and outdoor track and field EACH have eight Big South Conference championships.


March 2018

March is Women's History Month

International Women's Day Celebration 
10:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. Prince Lawn 

Women's History Month Keynote Address 
Join the Women's and Gender Studies Program for the 2018 Women's History Month keynote address delivered by Hilary M. Lips, Professor Emeritus at Radford University. Lips will present her fascinating research on the connections between gender and pay inequity. A reception will follow. All are welcome! 
7 - 9 P.M. The Coastal Theater

Music Department Concert “Women Composers” 
7:30 P.M. EHFA Recital Hall

Women in Intelligence and National Security Conference
Registration required—on-site registration possible. 
9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Wall 317 and Johnson Auditorium

Screening of Obvious Child (2014) 
As part of CCU's Women's History Month celebrations, please join us for an educational screening of the feature film Obvious Child, which has been praised for its excellent, realistic portrayal of women's lives. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session about relevant topics. All are welcome! 
6 P.M. Wall 318

Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop 
(Co-sponsored with First Generation College Students Organization) 
5 - 7 P.M. LJSU A201 

What Holds Women Back? A Panel on Family Leave Policies
As part of our Women's History Month celebration, this event offers various perspectives on the importance of supportive family leave policies. You will hear from faculty and employers, and about how other countries implement family leave. A small reception will follow. All are welcome!
4:30 P.M. The Coastal Theater

Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Event
Stop by our table for some trivia, candy, and uplifting cards to celebrate Women's History Month.
Tuesday, March 27 3 – 5:30 P.M. Prince Lawn; Rain Location: LJSU Rotunda

April 2018

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
Inspiring Women’s Luncheon: Perceptions of Opioids
Presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership
Singleton Ballroom
12 – 1:30 pm.

"In 2016 there were over 50,000 opioid overdose deaths in our country, and this number has exponentially increased over the past several years. In order to quantify perceptions of addiction, the Swain Scholars of Coastal Carolina University conducted a research project in collaboration with the police, members of the Addicts Mom, and a State Senator.

Join us to learn about their project and findings to gain an understanding of the opioid crisis and how our local leaders are combating this issue." 

A Concert of Student-Created Protest Songs

Join us for a musical presentation of protest songs which students in WGST 305 Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Class have composed. (Co-sponsored with Department of Music)
6 P.M. Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116

Writing/Study Day
Bring your papers, study notes, your grading, or any other work and join us for free snacks, coffee, soda, etc. You’ll feel the feminist intellectual energy in the room! Stay all day or just for a quick pit stop. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. 
10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Kearns 107B 

May 2018

End-of-year Party, Graduation Ceremony and Triota Induction
4 - 5 P.M. EHFA 164

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Women's and Gender Studies »

The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Coastal Carolina University is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of gender and its intersections with other identity markers such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, and ability/ disability as economic, political, and cultural constructs. It celebrates diversity, acknowledges women’s accomplishments, conditions and contributions, and highlights the ideologies implicit in women’s places in societies both in the U.S. and internationally.