Texas Tech University

Women's Empowerment Week

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. – Alice Walker

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Texas Tech University Women's & Gender Studies is proud to support Women's Empowerment Week. The intent of this week is to make connections, promote empowerment and highlight achievements for and by women. Taking inspiration from early civil rights leader and founder of the National Association of Colored Women (1896), Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), "Lift as You Climb" is our theme.

WE Connect: Lift as You Climb began in the fall of 2017 at Texas Tech and 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. "Empowering girls and women is powerful. We know it is the key to economic growth, political stability, and social transformation," said Tricia Earl, program manager and academic advisor for Women's & Gender Studies, "It is our intent, as experts and scholars, to give a voice to this critical endeavor."

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. Lift as you climb is heavy lifting. It requires focus, strength, resilience, and commitment to a larger, shared goal.

Women and men with assets are stepping up to increase visibility of gender inequality. Pioneers on our campus recognize the weight that men carry in this climb. 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 it's consequences.

Join us for any and all of our events listed below:

Date: September 24-28, 2018
Theme: WE Connect: Lift as You Climb
Hashtag: #TTUWEConnect


  • Monday, Sept 24
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. WE Connect: Women's Resource Fair | Location TBA 
  • Tuesday, Sept 25 
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. WE Connect: TTU Women's Power Hour | Location TBA
    Hosted by Women's & Gender Studies
  • Wednesday, Sept 26 
    2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. WE Connect: #IStillNeedTitleIX | Location TBA

    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. TEDx Talk Screening and Discussion of  "My Year of Saying Yes to Everything" by Shonda Rhimes | Location TBA

    Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. "When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling," she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God's whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her "year of yes" and find out how she got her hum back.
  • Thursday, Sept 27 
    12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. "Miss Representation" film screening | Location TBA
    FREE and open to all to attend!

    Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Spoken Word: Lift As You Climb | Location TBA
    We are offering an open call for all faculty, staff and students that would like to participate and present their creative written words to voice to empower women at Texas Tech. Deadline to submit your pieces is September 10th. 
  • Friday, Sept 28
    12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. TEDx Talk Screening and Discussion of "An Invitation to Men Who Want a Better World for Women" by Elizabeth Nyamayaro | Location TBA

    Around the world, women still struggle for equality in basic matters like access to education, equal pay and the right to vote. But how to enlist everyone, men and women, as allies for change? Meet Elizabeth Nyamayaro, head of UN Women's #HeForShe initiative, which has created more than 2.4 billion social media conversations about a more equal world. She invites us all to join in as allies in our shared humanity.
  • Week Long Events


Women's & Gender Studies
Triota, Gamma Nu
RISE (Risk Intervention & Safety Education)
Women's Leadership Institute
Residence Life Social Justice Education
Tech FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance)
TTU Alpha Omega Epsilon