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The Commission for Women–Knoxville (“CFW”) is a body appointed by the Chancellor of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (the “University”) to advise on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of University programs, policies, and services designed to improve the status of women at the University. The CFW reports directly to the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee.


Pandemic-Related Benefit Regarding Child Care

Faculty and university employees are “considered essential workers who are eligible for state child care subsidies.” Visit the link below for more information on child care assistance.

2021 Pandemic/Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance

Women Vote

The Commission for Women in partnership with the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature present:

A virtual storybook time read by Susan Groenke, Professor of English Education and Director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.We encourage adults to sit down with the young children in their lives (Pre-K – Grade 5) to enjoy a virtual storybook read-aloud about the importance of voting. This read-aloud encourages young readers to become advocates and activists in the voting process as it offers actionable ways for young people to get involved in politics! The read-aloud will be available until March 31, 2021. Click here to view the video!


Statement of the Commission for Women on Racial Injustice

The Commission for Women wants to alert you to the fact that one of our sister commissions, the Chancellor’s Commission for Blacks, has released a powerful statement regarding the disparate impact both the COVID-19 pandemic and pervasive, continuing racial profiling, harassment, and violence have had on people of color. The statement expresses “discontent, disappointment, and frustration with the injustice facing many Blacks in our great nation.”

Click here to view the full statement.

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment & Voting Resources

August 18, 2020 marked the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted American women the right to vote. Please see the resources below to read more about this historic event and the role Tennessee played in passing the 19th Amendment.