International Women's Week is a week of celebration, education, and awareness surrounding women's and gender issues. Events for the 2020 program at Arkansas Tech will be taking place March 9-13, 2020. This year's theme, "WomenWithAWhy" will include topics surrounding women's empowerment, gender balance, professional growth, activism, equity, and wellness. 

Arkansas Tech University began celebrating Women's Week in 2013.  Campus Life, Public Safety, Academic Affairs, Health and Wellness, Title IX, and many other offices across campus collaborate each year to make this week an empowering experience for women at the university and in the Russellville community. 

Over the years, we have had noteworthy speakers including:



Women’s Week focuses on five pillars: Building relationships, self-knowledge, sexual assault & interpersonal violence, healthy self-image, and leadership development. Through these pillars, a week of educational, engaging, and empowering programs are created for the Arkansas Tech community.

Building relationships  

Building Relationships

This pillar creates opportunities for students to engage in meaningful conversations, create connections, and find empowerment in genuine, supportive relationships.



Programming under this pillar provides educational moments focused on current and relevant issues of social justice, equity, and gender identity. Students learn social identities and what social identities mean to themselves and others.

 Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence

Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence

Events within this pillar educate students on the impact of sexual assault on college campuses, provide access to safe and supportive services at Arkansas Tech, and empower students say No More to sexual and interpersonal violence.

 Healthy Self-Image

Healthy Self-Image

Within this pillar, students focus on the holistic perspective of a healthy self in a physical, mental, and emotional capacity. Students are encouraged to shatter the social construct of gender roles and expectations.

 Leadership Development

Leadership Development

This pillar provides students with opportunities to grow their personal leadership skills, connect with current leaders in the state of Arkansas, and empowers themselves to make a positive change in the community.

Women's Week Essay Contest

If you have a passion or talent for writing, we encourage you to submit your entry for the 2019 Women's Week Essay Contest. The winning essay writer will receive $500! 

Topic:  Consider the theme "WomenWithAWhy". Write about your interpretation of this year's Women's Week theme. This can be as broad or as focused as you want. 

Deadline:  March 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Who is eligible?:  All students enrolled at Arkansas Tech University. 

Format:  The essay should be no more than 750 words, typed, and double-spaced.  Students must submit original work.

Submit Essay via theLink ESSAY CONTEST RULES

Women's Week Art Exhibit

If you have a passion or talent for artistry, we encourage you to submit your entry for the 2019 Women's Week Art Exhibit. Students can submit any kind of work of art to be displayed in the Witherspoon lobby from March 9-13, 2020. The work will be judged throughout the week, and the winning student will be awarded a $500 prize!

Concept: The subject matter should be about student interpretation of WomenWithAWhy.  This may come from personal experience as well as social observation.  

Deadline: Works should be dropped off at Witherspoon Lobby on Friday, March 6 between 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 

Art Exhibit Rules


Arkansas Tech University is committed to ending sexual assault and domestic violence. We understand that the words and language we use can have a powerful impact on survivors of sexual assault. Join us in saying NO MORE.