Students should expect an unusual Monday as Week of the Woman kicks off with a day of appreciation for women. Men will be handing out roses to women around campus to inform them about the week’s events. Week of the Woman runs today through Thursday.
“The goal of Week of the Woman is woman empowerment. It is an attempt to raise awareness about ongoing issues among the female community,” said Grace Hardwick, a junior in psychology and secretary of the Women’s Coordinating Council, one of the week’s sponsors.
Today also marks the start of the four-day Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project is a national event in which women across the nation, who have been affected by violence, are able to express their emotions by decorating a T-shirt. They then hang their T-shirt up on a clothesline to serve as a public testimony to the problem of violence against women. UT’s Clothesline Project will be held today through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Center Plaza.
Tomorrow there will be a “Lunch and Learn” session in Room 226 of the UC at 12:45 p.m. Members of the UT Police Department will be on hand to discuss campus safety and teach self-defense.
At 7 p.m. tomorrow, Susan Campbell will lecture on her book, “Truth in Dating.” In her book, she discusses 10 communication skills she claims will improve the dating experience. According to her Web site, http://www.susancampbell.com, Campbell has authored nine books on relationships and conflict resolution. In addition to being an accomplished author, she has sailed halfway around the world in her sailboat.
Wednesday evening, Week of the Woman organizers encourage students to attend Lip Sync, a song-and-dance competition hosted by Panhellenic. It is the only event during Week of the Woman that costs money. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Week of the Woman will come to an end Thursday with Take Back the Night, a march that will take place around the country to raise awareness for violence against women. Marchers will meet in the Humanities Plaza at 5:30 p.m. They will make a loop back to the UC, stopping in Presidential Courtyard on their way to give freshmen a chance to join. Once at the UC, marchers will listen to speakers. Participants will also be able to join in a “speak out.” Anyone who has been affected by any kind of domestic violence or sexual assault can speak about their experiences.
Week of the Woman is organized by the Women’s Coordinating Council and the Panhellenic Council. The partnership is new for both councils.
“It’s brought together two sides of groups that haven’t worked together in the past. … It is definitely a new thing for the both of us,” said Taylor Schuh, a senior in global studies and Panhellenic’s women’s issues director.
Schuh said all Week of the Woman activities are geared at educating men and women at UT. She especially encouraged women to get involved.
“This is an educational, empowering week for women. Take advantage of the resources available to you,” she said.