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Curriculum Integration Grants
Grants to help integrate women's experiences and perspectives into the curriculum.

Upcoming Events

Past Events



April 2023


2023 EqualiTEA

April 18, 2023
Miller Education Center

PCSW co-sponsored the 2023 EqualiTEA, a scholarship fundraiser hosted by the Middle Tennessee Fund for Women and Girls and the Murfreesboro branch of the American Association of University Women. The event raises funds for two scholarships - the Ruth Houston Undergraduate Scholarship and the Butler-Fouts Graduate Scholarship - which are awarded to deserving women studying at MTSU. 

EqualiTEA attendees sitting and talking at round tables with pink tablecloths.     Dr. Chandra Story addressing the EqualiTEA attendees. She is wearing a pink hat with a bow and a veil.     An overhead shot of the room showing lots of attendees wearing bright hats.      Scones, tablewear, a floral centerpiece, and a table marker with a green teapot.     Photo of Christina Cobb, Mary Hoffschwelle, Chandra Story, and L'Oreal Stephens. They are standing in front of a white banner featuring the AAUW logo and the Middle TN Fund for Women and Girls logo.     Photo of L'Oreal Stephens, Leah Lyons, and Chandra Story wearing fancy hats with bows.

 Photo of Michelle Willard and L'Oreal Stephens.     Photo of Mary Hoffschwelle and L'Oreal Stephens.

From left to right
Row 1: EqualiTEA attendees; Dr. Chandra Story; Overhead view of attendees
Row 2: Cookies and centerpieces; Dr. Christina Cobb, Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle, Dr. Chandra Story, and L'Oreal Stephens (PCSW Chair)
Row 3: Michelle Willard and L'Oreal Stephens; Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle and L'Oreal Stephens

March 2023

Celebrating Marie Harrell

PCSW honored Marie Harrell for her service and leadership in MTSU's Women's and Gender Studies Program. Marie began working for the WGST office in 2009 and retired in February 2023. Over the years, Marie facilitated many programs and conferences while providing administrative support for countless students and faculty in the WGST program. 

L'Oreal Stephens standing to the right of Marie Harrell. Both women are smiling.    Dr. Vicky Maclean sitting next to Marie Harrell smiling. Dr. Maclean is holding her cell phone in front of her to take a selfie with Marie.    Marie Harrell smiling and holidng her gifts, which include a pink bouquet of flowers in a purple sleeve and a blue gift bag covered in flowers that says For You in cursive.

From left to right: L'Oreal Stephens (PCSW Chair) and Marie Harrell; Dr. Vicky Maclean (Chair of WGST department) and Marie Harrell.; Marie Harrell holding her recognition gifts from PCSW.

November 2022


Women Warriors: A Celebration of Women Veterans

November 1, 2022 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
MT Center, MTSU Ingram Building
A black and white flyer advertising the Women Warriors event. It features three images of women in military various military uniforms. The event will be held on November 1st, 2022 from 6PM to 7:30PM. It will be in the MT Center of the MTSU Ingram Building located at 2269 Middle TN Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. The flyer asks for reservations, which can be made online at women-warriors-2022.eventbrite.com


Daily News Journal Warm embrace: Female veterans honored during MTSU's Women Warriors ceremony.


April 2022

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA): The Big Picture
with Zoe Nicholson and special guest, Lilly Ledbetter
A Zoom event with in-person watch party and Q&A

Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (CT)
For more info, visit: https://www.mtsu.edu/pcsw/ERAevent_April_2022.php

Event flyer for Equal Rights Amendment: The Big Picture. Event is April 12, 2022.

March 2022

PCSW President, L'Oreal Stephens, was the guest speaker for National Women's History Month at LaVergne Middle School. She presented about women's suffrage and Tennessee's role in the passage of the 19th Amendment.

NWHM 2022 at LaVergne Middle School


PCSW co-sponsored the Festival of Veils and L'Oreal attended as a volunteer.

Festival of Veils flyer      L'Oreal's Festival of Veils photo      Boots at Festival of Veils

Booth with "What's Your Name In Arabic" sign     Person giving a Henna tattoo     L'Oreal with event organizer

Jayme, Antoinette, and L'Oreal volunteered at the Unity Luncheon and attended the event. PCSW purchased tickets.



PCSW members staffed a table at the Communities Surviving Together event Thursday, September 23rd! Jayme and Lori handed out snacks of encouragement from 1:30PM-3:30PM on the SUB lawn.

Communities Surviving Together flyer for September 23, 2021 event.             Keep Going in pink cursive font. Text around circle, MTSU President's Commission on the Status of Women mtsu.edu/pcsw

MTSU National Women's History Month 2021


               MTSU National Women's History Month 2021 calendar of events.

NWHM 2021 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Tuesday, March 16th at 7:00PM via Zoom

Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission across four presidential administrations, believes that each generation has the responsibility to make a dent in the wall of injustice. Her clarion call challenges everyone to stand up, stand tall, and never give up the fight.
Co-sponsored by Distinguished Lecture Committee, American Association of University Women–Murfreesboro Branch, and the MTSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women
Contact: Maigan.Wipfli@mtsu.edu

A poster with yellow and purple font advertising the keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, presenting Tuesday, March 16th 2021 at 7PM via Zoom.

February 4, 2021, 6:00PM-7:15PM CST

Betty Friedan’s 100th Birthday: Moving the Legacy Forward (FREE Webinar)

Hosted by the Veteran Feminists for America (VFA)

As you know, Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963) and co-founded the National Organization for Women (1966). She was born on February 4, 1921, and died on February 4, 2006. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of her birth, VFA has gathered some powerful voices to reflect on how Friedan and the Second Wave women’s movement changed the world – and what the future holds for feminists.

Speakers include:

  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
  • Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine
  • Jacqui Ceballos, Founder of Veteran Feminists of America
  • Gail Collins, author/journalist
  • Christian Nunes, NOW president
  • Jonathan Friedan, son
  • Emily Friedan, daughter
  • Heather Booth, activist
  • Eleanor Pam, VFA president
  • Muriel Fox, NOW co-founder and VFA chair

Betty Friedan flyer

Virtual Visit with Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour
November 17, 2020, 5:30PM via ZOOM
Elaine Weiss

RSVP forthcoming. Sponsored by: Rutherford Arts Alliance, American Association of University Women-Murfreesboro, League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, Middle Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women, MTSU's President's Commission on the Status of Women

The Women's Hour Virtual Tea Party

Article: https://mtsunews.com/virtual-tea-party-womens-suffrage-aug20/ 

MTSU's President's Commission on the Status of Women partnered with the Rutherford Arts Alliance and the American Association of University Women-Murfreesboro to host a virtual tea party on August 11, 2020. The conversation focused on "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote" by Elaine Weiss. The book details the final weeks preceding the passage of the 19th Amendment, including "dramatic events at Nashville's Hermitage Hotel and a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly. 



ATHENA Nomination

The MTSU President's Commission on the Status of Women nominated L'Oreal Stephens for the 2020 ATHENA Award.  The event was scheduled for April 17, 2020 but was rescheduled to September 16, 2020 due to COVID-19.

Photo of PCSW Chair L'Oreal Stephens


Women Warriors

Article: https://mtsunews.com/aauw-women-warriors-tribute-2019/ 

Women Warriors: A Celebration of Women Veterans was held November 5, 2019 at the MTSU MT Center. Speakers included were Dr. Hillary Miller, director of the MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center and Beverly Groogan, the women's health coordinator and maternity care coordinator for the Veterans Administration in Murfreesboro (keynote). Honorees include: 

  • Anita L. Herron, who served for 27 years in the U.S. Army, the last five as Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor at Antioch High School;
  • Teresa Carter, an MTSU psychology/pre-medicine major who served in the U.S. Marine Corps;
  • Tabitha Wadford, an MTSU anthropology major who served in the U.S. Army as an all-source intelligence analyst;
  • Brittany Dinaso, a U.S. Army veteran who now is a practicing attorney in Murfreesboro;
  • Beverly Henley, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was named her squadron's Airman of the Year in 1978 and her group's Airman of the Year in 1979;
  • and Lesa Prime, who served 21 1/2 half years in the U.S. Air Force in security forces; her award will be accepted by Marcia F. Rambert.

This event was hosted by the American Association of University Women Murfreesboro (TN) Branch and sponsored by MTSU's June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students, the MTSU President's Commission on the Status of Women, MTSU's Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, and MTSU's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.




2019 Equali-TEA

Article: https://www.murfreesborovoice.com/article/2358/uncle-nearest-ceo-to-keynote-2019-equali-tea 

Equali-TEA is a (hats optional) high tea held annually in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to raise scholarship and programming funds for the Middle Tennessee Fund for Women and Girls and AAUW Murfreesboro. This year, the event was held April 2, 2019 in the MTSU Miller Education Center Atrium. Fawn Weaver, co-founder of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, presented the First Tennessee Keynote Speech. Diane Turnham, MTSU's Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator, received the 2019 Tempest Award. This event was sponsored by: MTSU's June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students, Ameriprise Financial: Sexton and Associates, First Tennessee, Tommy & Jeanne Bragg, Dr. Liz Rhea, RayNa Corp. , Spring Consulting, MTSU President's Commission on the Status of Women, and Dr. Susan T. Andrews of Family Practice Partners.