Written by: Texas Orange Jackets
On March 18-23, 2013, Orange Jackets hosted their annual Week of Women, a week-long line up of events designed to inform the campus community about the unique challenges women face in society and to celebrate women leaders on campus.
The week kicked off on Monday, with a screening of the popular movie “Bridesmaids” and a talk back after the film about women in the media. Voices Against Violence performed their program “Get Sexy, Get Consent” on Tuesday, an interactive performance about negotiating consent and preventing rape.
On Wednesday, Orange Jackets invited several women leaders in Austin to answer the question: “Can Women Have it All?” through an educational panel which involved discussions of work/life balance and gender inequality. The panel was covered in The Daily Texan.
On Thursday, OJs hosted the Texas Tea Party, an annual celebration of women student leaders on campus. At this event, Orange Jackets served tea and cookies and mingled with women on the South Mall and then took the traditional “T” picture in front of the tower. The Tea Party ended with a reception at the Littlefield House, where the women were joined by Jody Conradt, former UT women’s basketball coach, who shared her insight on leadership. Thursday’s eventful schedule was rounded out by a Coffee at the Tejas Club, featuring Dr. Bob Jensen, who discussed the sexual exploitation of women in our culture. The week long celebration was capped off with a performance of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, produced by the Women’s Resource Agency in Student Government.
In all, Week of Women was a rousing success. Orange Jackets gave out over 500 t-shirts and reached about 1,000 students on campus. Orange Jackets is so thankful to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement for their support of their activities, as well as Student Government, the Senate of College Councils, Texas Parents, the University Co-Op, and the Dean of Students Office. The week was also successful because of partnerships with Voices Against Violence, the Tejas Club, the Feminist Action Project, the Women’s Resource Agency, the Counseling and Mental Health Center, and the Gender and Sexuality Center.