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Women's Studies Program to Celebrate Equality Day

A forum will examine cultural and social construction of gender at noon Aug. 26.

Written by Tricia Earl

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, but also women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

The Texas Tech Women’s Studies Program will host a Women’s Equality Day Forum at noon Aug. 26 in room 153 of the Teaching and Learning Technology Center (TLTC) of the Texas Tech University Library.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality, said Patricia Earl, coordinator for the program. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) first introduced legislation in Congress.

“The forum will examine cultural and social construction of gender by studying the history, experience and contributions of women to society,” Earl said. “Discussions will include the historical and present-day political arguments for and against the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and where it stands today.”

The event is free and open to the public. For off-campus visitors, enter through the main campus entrance at University Avenue and Broadway and ask for directions and visitor parking location instructions at the traffic kiosk station.

The Women’s Studies Program is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

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Women's Studies Program

Started in 1981, the Women’s Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.

Texas Tech offers a minor in Women’s Studies. Goals of the minor include helping student’s interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.

The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.

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