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Our Purpose: Approaching our work from a social justice lens, we practice intersectional trans-inclusive feminism to challenge the status quo and promote gender equity by raising awareness of important issues related to gender and sexism, providing opportunities to translate awareness into action, and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and others. We aim to INFORM, INVOLVE, and EMPOWER members of the KU community.

It is critical to understand gender and sexism — as they intersect with other identities and systems of oppression — because they influence everyone's experiences, choices, opportunities, access to resources, and outcomes. The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity (ETC) is here to confront sexism and advance gender equity. With this purpose in mind, the ETC provides education, involvement opportunities, and tools to combat stereotypical notions of gender and barriers that inhibit students’ academic success, persistence to graduation, and ability to thrive in the workplace. Find out more about our programs and services below.

Located in Suite 1040 of the Burge Union, the ETC contributes to a welcoming, inclusive campus climate for people of all gender identities and works to provide a safer space for marginalized people. We welcome people of all identities and abilities — who appreciate difference, practice inclusion, and support our commitment to equity — to share our space.  

What We Do:

The ETC provides services, assistance, advocacy, and support to campus community members of all gender identities. 

We provide presentations to classes, student organizations, staff, and faculty members on topics related to gender, including Understanding Gender & Gender Equity 101Intersectional Feminism 101Masculinities 101, and Pay Equity & Salary Negotiation. We also offer Make Mini Zines! Workshops for the KU and Lawrence communities. Fill out a presentation or workshop request form here.

In addition, we honor people who work towards gender equity through our annual recognition program and Women's Hall of Fame.

We are also always here to lend a listening ear. We understand that college is sometimes tough, and we are here to act a resource for the entire KU community. 

Why Feminism?

There are many misconceptions about feminism. Among them are the notion that there is a single, monolithic feminism; that feminism is inherently anti-male; that all feminism is trans-exclusionary; and that feminism only addresses the needs of white, middle class women. In fact, there are many feminisms and they are always evolving. 

At the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, we promote and practice a feminism that aims to end sexism as it intersects with all other systems of oppression. Our feminism is trans-inclusive, promoting the right to bodily autonomy, self-definition, respect, and safety for people of all gender identities. Our feminism is also male-inclusive and we work to address the ways patriarchy negatively affects men. Ultimately, our feminism strives to end dominator culture so that everybody has the freedom to determine their own lives. 

To learn more about the feminism we promote and practice — and why it is, in fact, for everyone — we recommend you read Black feminist scholar bell hooks's concise primer, Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics, available online at http://bit.ly/FeminismIsForEverybody.

Did You Know?

  • Only 24% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women.
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas Legislature, only 47 are women.
  • Women make up half the population of Kansas but hold only 18% of the judicial positions.
  • Of Kansas families with a single-female head of household, 33% live below the poverty level.
  • Median earnings in Kansas for women are just 77% of what median earnings are for men. The gap is wider for marginalized women. 
  • Women take on more student debt than men but are paid less when they graduate from college.  This figure is elevated for marginalized women.

 


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