Celebrating International Women’s Day

The University of Michigan has a large and diverse breadth of remarkable individuals within its faculty, student body, research enterprise, staff, and alumni. In honor of International Women’s Day, we are featuring a few women Wolverines and highlighting their accomplishments, their work, and their messages to other women. 


Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan from 2002–2014, joined Michigan Minds to discuss defining moments in her career, what it was like to be the “first female” in a variety of leadership roles, and and her advice for young women.


Maggie MacNeil of the U-M women’s swimming and diving team received a nomination for something that many young athletes aspire to throughout their careers—she was invited to represent Team Canada at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. In a recent Conversations for Change interview, she shared her journey, and the women who have inspired and supported her along the way.


Maya Subramanian, a computer science and engineering student, joined the U-M Student Vlog to talk about her passion for blending mental well-being and technology and the importance of encouraging more women to study STEM fields.


University of Michigan Vice President for Research Rebecca Cunningham joined the Michigan Minds podcast to discuss how U-M is advancing society through research projects like the Firearm Injury Prevention Research Initiative, and encouraging more participation among women in STEM fields.


Ziyah Holman, first-year U-M student, recently became internet famous when she brought the U-M Track and Field 4X400 relay back from a four-second deficit as the anchor of the relay to win. She joined Conversations for Change to reflect on her experiences, and share her hopes of encouraging other young women and girls to do what they love, be confident in their abilities, and never give up. 


In a recent episode of Michigan Minds, Julie Lumeng, assistant vice president for clinical and human subjects research and executive director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, explores the importance of human-research activity, the studies she has conducted examining the development of eating behavior in children, and shares her advice to women and girls embarking on their own journeys into science fields.


Throughout the month of March, women from across the university are being featured on the University of Michigan’s official Instagram account. Check out the photos that have been shared so far, and be sure to check every day for a new photo. 








Mathematics professor Trachette Jackson, who is also a member of Michigan Medicine’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, explains the field of mathematical oncology and being a female role model in mathematics. 


Rada Mihalcea, professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, explains her research in natural language processing, a subfield of artificial intelligence‚ and finding opportunities to make a difference and be a role model for others .


School of Information student Ester Tang joined the U-M Student Vlog last week to discuss balance within STEM fields and her work with the Center for Academic Innovation and Michigan Online on an extended reality (XR) initiative. 


Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, U-M Social and Public Engagement content will continue to focus on women of U-M. Follow along with us: