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Women's Center

Fall 2020 Events

Valiant women of the vote

Celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage and join us for exciting virtual and in-person programs.


8/24-8/28 Women's Equality Day Display 
all week in the RUC lobby. 

On August 26, 1920, the women of this country won the right to vote. Tennessee played a crucial role by being the final state needed to ratify the amendment and thus, securing women’s suffrage. A display commemorating the 72-year non-violent struggle to pass the Nineteenth Amendment will be on exhibit in the RUC lobby during these days. 

8/26 Forward Into Light Suffrage Celebration
7 p.m. in Centennial Plaza (rain location the RUC Multi Purpose Room)

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteen Amendment and women’s right to vote. Join the Women’s Center as we take part in the nationwide Forward Into Light Campaign where buildings across the country will light up in purple and gold (the colors of the Women’s Suffrage movement and Tech!) on this date. There will be displays, activities, snacks, and giveaways.



9/1 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. via Zoom. To RSVP click here.

Attend this term’s inaugural meeting of our book club. This is your chance to meet other readers and discuss books and issues of interest. Members will choose one common read for the term and discuss books that they are interested in or are currently reading. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome. RSVP here by midnight on Sunday, August 30th.

9/3 Get Out the Vote
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Centennial Plaza

SGA and the Women’s Center have teamed up to help you register to vote or determine if you need an absentee ballot. Exercise your right to vote!

9/15 Attune pitch deadline
Email your pitch ideas to us at by this day. More info on Attune and what to pitch can be found here

9/22 Center Stage presents Heather Dean: Ending a Legacy of Maya Genocide
7 p.m. at Derryberry Hall Auditorium

Heather Dean will discuss her work supporting women’s leadership in the Guatemalan refugee community of Copal AA La Esperanza. Dean first encountered the people of Copal AA when she was reporting on human rights conditions in Mexican refugee camps. She accompanied their return from exile as they collectively built a new home, where Dean helped create the New Dawn Middle School in 2004. The school serves Maya students and helps students maintain their cultural identity, with curriculum focused on indigenous culture, organic agriculture, ecology, and Maya languages. Dean will highlight the work of the women’s group in Copal AA and the impact of education in women’s lives, within the wider context of the current fight for indigenous rights and ongoing ecological and political issues in Guatemala.



Domestic Violence & Breast Cancer Awareness Months

10/6 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. via Zoom. To RSVP click here.

We'll begin the discussion of this term's common read. Haven't started it? No problem. Bring the book you are currently reading or one that you have read recently for discussion. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome. RSVP here by midnight on Sunday, October 4th.

10/20 Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image film screening
6 p.m. in Bell Hall 260

Ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than." Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image examines the industries and social obstacles responsible for the current body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders working for better representation of  diversity in size, race and age.  This groundbreaking documentary tackles difficult issues around body image - including eating disorders, fat stigma, media literacy and social media. At a time when our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image sets out to change the imagery we are seeing and to bolster a movement that is redefining society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty to impact society at large. 

10/25-30 Domestic Violence Awareness Week Display & Social Media Campaign
all week in the RUC lobby

Tune in to our social media feeds and the RUC lobby for information on domestic violence and what you can do to find resources as a survivor or how to support a survivor.



Native American Heritage Month

11/3 First Tuesday Book Club
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. meeting via Zoom. To RSVP click here.

We'll finish the discussion of this term's common read. Haven't started it? No problem. Bring the book you are currently reading or one that you have read recently for discussion. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome. RSVP here by Sunday, November 1st.

11/16 Sisters Rising film screening
6 p.m. in Bell Hall 282

Sister’s Rising is the story of six Native American women fighting to restore personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women, and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. These perpetrators exploit gaps in tribal jurisdictional authority and target Native women as ‘safe victims’. This film portrays powerful women acting in solidarity. 

11/19 Research Talk: Lauren Morgan on Women & Violence in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony
11 - 11:50 am via Zoom. RSVP details to be released soon.

Lauren Morgan is a graduate student in English. She will present work from her masters thesis, Re-Gendering Madness and Violence in Feminist Texts: Studies in Atwood, Morrison, and Silko, that demonstrates the links between women, violence, and madness in Silko's 1970 novel Ceremony. 


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