To challenge the status quo to achieve gender equity

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 critical issues related to gender and sexism, providing opportunities to translate awareness into action, and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and others.

Gender matters. Gender influences almost every part of our lives, including self-identity, access to opportunities, academic and career choices, and the ability to succeed. The ETC is here to advance gender equity and contribute to a welcoming, inclusive climate for people of all gender identities.  With this aim in mind, the ETC provides education, involvement opportunities, and tools to challenge 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!

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.
  • Women take on more student debt than men but are paid less when they graduate from college.  This figure is elevated for marginalized women.

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

We also 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. 


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