March is Women's History Month and a series of events are planned to celebrate women past and present. All events are free, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public:

Friday, March 3. Julia T. Wood, a professor of communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the keynote speaker for the University of Utah's Women's Week. The theme of the U. celebration is, "A Lifetime of Growth: Women and Men Working Together." Wood speaks at noon in the Union Saltair Room. She is the author of "Gendered Lives," and the co-founder of a national conference on gender communication.From 4:30 to 6 p.m. there will be an open house at the YWCA of Salt Lake City, 322 E. 300 South.

At 7:30 p.m. Singer Megan Peters and musician Ann Marineau will entertain in the Union Ballroom.

Saturday, March 4. The YWCA of Salt Lake City will host its second annual "March for Women," at 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin in the east parking lot, with remarks by Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Coradini. Participants will march for a mile around the downtown area. Prizes awarded in a drawing to those who dress as their favorite women from history.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Alumni House on the University of Utah campus, there will be a statewide conference called, "Strengthening Ties: Women's Programs at Utah Campuses." For details on cost and registration, call 581-8094.

Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5. KRCL 91 FM presents two days of programming to promote women's voices and views. Artists, poets and political discussions begin at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, March 7. An evening workshop on "How to be an Askable Parent," about talking to children about sex, at Planned Parenthood, 845 S. 900 East, in Salt Lake City. $10 fee includes refreshments. Preregistration required, 532-1586.

Wednesday, March 8. International Women's Day was established in 1920 in response to 12-hour work days, low wages and increasing workloads imposed on the women in the New York textile industry.

At 7 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center, Utah State University, Logan, there will be celebration in story, slides, and music of "Uncommon Common Women." Professor Anne Butler and Ona Siporin, co-editors of "Western Historical Quarterly," will detail the lives of Western women.

Saturday, March 11. The Ob/Gyn Department of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center hosts a Women's Health Conference, with a musical presentation by Michael Ballam. The $30 conference fee includes breakfast and lunch and a $15 donation for high-risk pregnancy and infertility research. Speakers include genetic researcher Kenneth Ward; menopause experts Kirtly Parker Jones and Peggy Norton; Ware Branch, an expert on recurrent pregnancy loss; Pam Farrington and Valerie Logsdon, from the teen-mom clinic, talking about how to talk to teens about sex; Matt Peterson and Ron Urry talking about new advances in treating infertility; and Howard Sharp and Paul Summers, talking about the problems of yeast infections, chronic pelvic pain and how to decide whether or not to have a hysterectomy. Call 581-6606 to register.

An "Accolades to Women Luncheon" sponsored by the Business and Professional Women's Utah Foundation, honoring five Utah women, will be held at noon at Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

The Women's History Month Luncheon sponsored by the Salt Lake Branch of the American Association of University Women, will feature Fanaye Turner, Utah State Director of MESA, speaking on "Expanding Girls and Women's Professional Options." Call 467-4889 for details.

Tuesday, March 14. The Utah Coalition of African-American Women will dedicate its March meeting to a presentation on black women in history.

Friday, March 17. The Third Annual Utah Women Business Owners Symposium will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City. Registration is at 7 a.m. For details call 579-8399.

Thursday, March 23. Authors Jane Hirschmann and Carol Hunter will speak against the diet industry at 7:30 p.m. at A Women's Place Bookstore in Foothill Village, Salt Lake.

Sunday, March 26. Helen Reddy comes to Abravenel Hall in a concert to benefit the YWCA of Salt Lake City. Tickets are $25. $75 tickets include a buffet reception with Reddy. Call 355-2804 for details.

Throughout the month. Noontime lectures every Thursday at the YWCA in Salt Lake City will focus on the individual and collective power of women. The March 2 lecture will be a discussion of the importance of women's history. On March 9, 16, 23 and 30 the discussion will focus on the triumphs of four formerly battered women who have created peaceful lives.