“Breaking the Mold” is the theme of Arkansas Tech’s annual Women’s Week, which will be from March 6-11. The topics that Women’s Week will cover include professional development, women’s portrayal in the media, campus sexual assault, gender identity, leadership, relationships and body image.
All week, students are encouraged to post “#LikeAGirl” on social media.
“Inspired by the Always company, we want to take back the phrase ‘Like a Girl’ and change the perception of doing something like a girl from a negative to a positive,” according to a Women’s Week flyer. Participants in the hashtag will be eligible to win a $25 Visa gift card.
Women’s Week kicks off Monday, March 6, with the Clothesline Project. According to the Women’s Week flyer, this project is designed for women who have been affected by violence to have an outlet for their emotions. To do this, the women will decorate shirts, and hang them on a clothesline for others to see “as a testimony to the problem of violence against women.”
Also on Monday, there will be the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes/Sexual Assault Awareness Rally from 2-4 p.m. at the Bell Tower. This event will focus on sexual assault awareness, education and on learning about different supportive resources on campus. This event is co-sponsored with SAB.
The last event on Monday is the Women of Color: Jagged Justice event from 6-8 p.m. in Rothwell 138.
“Jagged Justice is embedded in the limited choices or measures that we are forced to accept, which do not fully meet our needs, and leave ourselves, our families and our communities in pain and broken by the criminal, civil, and all other systems that claim to offer justice,” Women’s Week materials say. This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Diversity and Inclusion.
On Tuesday, there is a Women’s Week open house art exhibit that features art created by Tech students. The art is each artist’s interpretation of the Women’s Week theme: “Breaking the Mold.” The exhibit will be from 6-7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Lobby.
Following the art exhibit, there will be a game of “Masculinity Jeopardy” from 1-8 p.m. in Baz Tech. The game focuses on “men’s sexual health, masculinity, gender myths and gender identity.” There will also be some prizes and pizza. This event is co-sponsored with the Interfraternity Council.
On Wednesday, March 8, there will be a salary negotiation workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Senate Room. This workshop will focus on learning “how to advocate for yourself and research comparable market salaries for a position in any industry.”
Also on Wednesday, there will be a self-defense course with Chief McMillian from 6-8 p.m. in Young Ballroom. This event is co-sponsored with SAB.
After a break Thursday, Women’s Week events return Friday, March 10, with a TEDTalk entitled “We Should All Be Feminists.” The talk is presented by Christina Julme, a multi-media journalism graduate student at Tech and a Haiti earthquake survivor. The TEDTalk will feature a “brief history on the origins of feminism,” and will discuss what being a feminist really means.
Women’s Week concludes with the Women’s Leadership Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in Rothwell. There will be sessions during this time dedicated to “women’s empowerment, gender inclusivity, professional growth, activism, equity and wellness.”
To attend the leadership conference, students must register on the Campus Life page on theLink. A $15 registration fee is due by Wednesday, March 9.