It's a woman's world.
And to celebrate that fact, at least for the remainder of Women's History Month, UT's Women's Coordinating Council is hosting a variety of special events throughout March.
The organization regularly plans, implements and evaluates programs focusing on women's issues from a feminist perspective. These issues range from body image and sexual assault to relationships and domestic violence.
Brittney Woods, a junior food science and technology, is the vice chair of the WCC and the coordinator of the Women's "HERstory" Month events.
"Since the month of March is known as Women's History Month, WCC chose to term the month Women's HERstory Month in order to better communicate 'her' story to others," Woods said. "The title 'HERstory' is simply a play on words to recognize all of the tremendous accomplishments that women have made throughout history."
The theme for this year's Women's HERstory Month is "WOMANTRA."
"Since mantras are words or phrases that serve as an expression of one's beliefs," Woods said, "we chose to commemorate each week of the month with a different mantra."
Week one, "Silence is Golden," featured an in-depth account from Jennifer Baumgardner about female empowerment and personal choices. WCC also co-hosted Real Voices with Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Delta Delta Delta Sorority, which focused on the stories of two women with personal connections to sexual assault.
The second week, titled "The Naked Truth," featured a debate highlighting the importance of teaching sexual education in schools. Some of the panelists included representatives from College Democrats, Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, the Lambda Student Union and the OUTreach Center.
Week three, which kicked off Monday, is called "Feminism for Thought." WCC will be hosting its last event, a "Chat-N-Chew" discussion on current women's issues from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday in the Women's Center in the UC.
"UT students should come out to the events because these events are centered around current women's issues," Woods said. "By attending, students will be well informed about the progression of female contributions to society."
Woods expressed hope that students will continue to support WCC throughout the remainder of Women's HERstory Month, as well as the rest of the semester.
Khadesia Howell, pre-med sophomore in Hispanic studies and member of WCC, said she is looking forward to Wednesday's event and believes Women's HERstory Month will bring something new and controversial to campus.
"We wanted to let everyone know women's issues are everyone's issues," Howell said. "We hope that some of our topics would be openings to conversations about things that are happening in our society dealing with both women and men."
Howell said that WCC focuses primarily on women's issues in society and on campus and strives to coordinate programs that will not only entertain students but also educate and inspire them.
"Someone knows or can relate to something we are bringing to the light in our programs," Howell said. "We are a voice for those who cannot be heard and a support system for those women around campus and in the Knoxville community."