November 10, 2017
Texas Tech University and Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) are hosting Women’s Empowerment (WE) Week Monday (Nov. 13) through Thursday (Nov. 16). The theme of the week is “Lift as You Climb,” a nod to early civil rights leader and founder of the National Association of Colored Women Mary Church Terrell.
“WE Connect: Lift as You Climb” incorporates a number of departments and organizations offering a multitude of events. Opportunities include a mentorship dinner, spoken word performance, online and face-to-face forums and a pledge campaign.
Women’s empowerment is a universal issue and has become a significant topic of discussion in development and economics.
Tricia Earl, unit supervisor and academic advisor for Women’s & Gender Studies, said empowering girls and women is important to economic growth, political stability and social transformations.
“As women leaders and engaged academics, we recognize our responsibility to reach out to other women to move forward in our universal goal to reach full parity,” Earl said. “Lift as you climb is heavy lifting. It requires focus, strength, resilience and commitment to a larger, shared goal.”
Earl added men and women with assets are stepping up to increase visibility of gender inequality, and pioneers on campus recognize the weight men carry in the fight for parity.
“By offering a film screening about pressures boys and young men face by media and their peer groups, participants will understand the patriarchal construction of masculinity and its consequences,” Earl said.
Events throughout the week include:
Supporters for the week include: the Gender Equity Council, Texas Tech Triota Gamma Nu, RISE, the Women’s Leadership Institute, Residence Life Social Justice Education, Texas Tech Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Texas Tech Alpha Omega Epsilon.
Women's & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic 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.Twitter