Women's Commission Events

All the Women's Commission programs and events are open to the entire University community, including faculty, staff and students regardless of gender or identities.

The Women’s Commission is committed to encouraging a general awareness of women’s needs and interests and developing educational opportunities about issues confronting women.


Looking for a professional development opportunity?

The University community is invited to attend a women’s leadership empowerment workshop on Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m. Presented by the Women’s Commission and the Department of Management at the Miami Herbert Business School, “For the U by the U” is a half-day symposium designed to help you discover your leadership potential. Guest speakers—all who represent different areas at the University—will share their knowledge and experience on a number of topics, which include coaching, gratitude, building confidence, and time management. 


Register at: https://miami.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqdeygrz4iH9D5gYAit9h0hSYHP5ZYnLrORegister now: 

Book Club

Join the Women's Commission Book Club for a bit of escapism during these hectic times as we read about and discuss interesting women both actual and fictional.

To join, send your email request to womenscommission@miami.edu and we will add you to the Book Club listserv.

Below is our schedule of books and discussions. Meetings are held Fridays at noon via Zoom (link sent prior to each meeting).

Women’s Commission Book Group 2020-2021 Selected Books and Meeting ates

Meeting Dates, Fridays at Noon

Title / Author

Category, Pages, Visual


* moved to February 5, 2021

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

Science Fiction Novel, 400 pages


Amazon: “In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family.


From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.”

March 12, 2021

No One is Watching, by Alyssa Cole

Thriller, 368 pages


Harper’s Bazaar: “The dangers of gentrification turn very literal in romance veteran Alyssa Cole’s unputdownable new thriller. When lifelong Brooklynite Sydney Green undertakes a deep dive into the history of her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, she finds that the forces behind the recent “revitalization” of her area may be even more sinister than she suspected.”




April 16, 2021

American Dirt, by Jeannie Cummings

Novel, 400 pages


Amazon: “Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.”

May 21, 2021

Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell

Novel, 350 pages


Although unnamed, it tells a fictionalized version of Shakespear’s loss of his son.

June 18, 2021

Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Novel, 546 pages


This novel, as told by the wife and four daughters of an evangelical Baptist, chronicles their life at a mission in the Belgian Congo in 1959.

July 16, 2021

Beach Read, by Emily Henry

Novel, 384 pages


Harper’s Bazaar: “If you’re in the mood for some feel-good escapism, Emily Henry’s new novel may be just the ticket. Following a family tragedy that shatters her optimistic worldview, romance writer January Andrews retreats to her late father’s lake house to try and write her way out of financial ruin. When she runs into her college nemesis, Gus—now an acclaimed author of literary fiction—the two strike a deal: Each will write a novel in the other’s genre, both will sell their books for lots of money, and under no circumstances will they fall in love with each other.”