Texas Tech University

Annual All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women


In 1984, The First All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Academia was held.

This conference occurs each Spring on the campus of Texas Tech University. A local, state and national call for papers is sent out each year to help promote academic research. Over the year's the theme of the conference has merged with present day discourse of examining the cultural and social construction of gender, exploring the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studying the influences of gender on the lives of women and men.

Past Keynote Speakers

  • 1984 – Carol Pearson, Women in University Leadership Roles
  • 1985 – Kala Stroup, The Academic Mountain: Helping Women Climb It
  • 1987 – Shirley Sears Chater, Creating Options and Opportunities
  • 1988 – Sarah Harder, Who's Shaping the Agenda? The Challenge for
           Academic Women
  • 1989 – Elizabeth Haley, Women in Academia: A Shared History
  • 1990 – Amy Freeman Lee, Post Ribcage”
  • 1991 – Catherine Stimpson, Cultural Diversity in Women
  • 1992 – Barrie Thorne, Women's Presence in Higher Education:
           Lessons From Research and Action
  • 1993 – Ellen Goodman
  • 1994 – Patricia Mitchell, Cracking the Wall: Women in Higher
  • 1995 – Carol Tarvis, The Mismeasure of Women and Anger: The
           Misunderstood Emotion
  • 1996 - Susan Ford Whiltshire, mentor Was a Woman After All
  • 1997 – Sandra Harding, Education for Women: New Issues and
  • 1998 – Patricia Ireland
  • 1999 – Sheila Tobias, The Future of Feminism: Lessons From Our
  • 2000 – Sarah Deutsch, Dreams of Inclusion: Making and Unmaking
    Histories of the Frontier
  • 2001 – Donna Lopiano, Breaking Boundaries: What Culture, Contexts and Sports Tell Us
  • 2002 - Dr. Sue V. Rosser
  • 2003 - Dr.Lotte Bailyn and Dr. Stephanie Coontz
  • 2004 - Dr. Charlotte Dunham
  • 2005 - Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer, PhD, RN, Colonel, USAR, Yanar Mohammad, Susan McKay, Dr. Carol Burke and Dr. Holly Johnson
  • 2006 -
  • 2007 - Diana Washinton Valede, Dr. Paula Gunn Allen and Dr. Lynda Dixon
  • 2008 - Dr. Kimberlee Kearfott, Dr. Alice Hogan, former program director, NSF ADVANCE PROGRAM, and Dr. Anne MacLachlan, The Face of Innovation: Women Changing the World through Engineering, Science, and Medicine
  • 2009 - Gloria Steinem, Innovation, Migration and Transference: Voices, Gender and Expression in the Changing World
  • 2010 - Winona LaDuke, Regarding Nature: Gender, Identity and Ecologies of Change.
  • 2011 - Shelby Knox, Innovative Voices: Initiatives, Projects and Practices for Empowerment and Gender Equality
  • 2012 - Robin Chandler, Ph.D., Jensine Larsen, and Olutosin Oladosu - AdebowaleWomen and Global Change: Achieving Peace Through Empowering Women
  • 2013 - Yifat Susskind and Yanar Mohammed, Women and Global Change: Achieving Peace Through Empowering Women Part II
  • 2014 - Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Robin Milstead, Women's Studies on the Edge
  • 2015 - Ms Loretta Ross, Laci Green and Pamelya Herndon, Framing a New Narrative: Intersecting Gender and Sexuality
  • 2016 - Vanessa Crocini, Dr. Manisha Desai, Carrie Hessler-RadeletContesting Multiple Margins: From Local to Global and Back Again
  • 2017 - Former Congresswoman Patricia Scott Schroeder
  • 2018 - Dr. Norma E. Cantu and Favianna Rodriguez

 What attendees have said about the conference

  • Just wanted to send my hearty and heartfelt congratulations for an EXCELLENT conference! Wow! It was absolutely light years above any previous conference. I really was impressed.  I also thought the Shelby Knox/Gloria Steinem intergenerational interplay was really effective. I heard quite a few people thinking about intergenerational feminism in a deep way. - Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Ph.D.,Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Texas Tech University (2009)
  • I just wanted to thank you both for the opportunity to present in the conference last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other presenters and academicians while sharing future research ideas. I even had a chance to meet Gloria Steinem, which made my week :) It was a wonderful learning experience for me and a great opportunity for the University. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. - Erin D. Murphy, Graduate Student & Part-time Instructor, Applied and Professional Studies (2009)

2009 Women's Studies Conference

Pat Schroeder

Former Congresswoman Patricia Scott Schroeder (2017)

carrie hessler radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet (2016)

Manisha Desai

Dr. Manisha Desai (2016)

 Vanessa Crocini

Vanessa Crocini (2016)

Loretta Ross

Loretta Ross (2015)

beverly guy sheftall

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D. (2014)

yanar mohammed

Yanar Mohammed (2013)

yifat susskind

Yifat Susskind (2013)

robin chandler

Robin Chandler, Ph.D. (2012)

olutosin oladosu

Olutosin Oladosu-Adebowale (2012)


Jensine Larsen (2012)

shelby knox guest speaker for 2009 conference morning address

Shelby Knox (2011)

winona laduke keynote speaker 2010

Winona LaDuke (2010)

gloria steinem 2009 keynote speaker womens studies conference

Gloria Steinem (2009)