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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.

Current Priorities

Each fall, the Commission for Women selects several issues upon which to place particular focus during the coming academic year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Commission will:

  • Continue and supplement work on salary equity, including by deepening the 2019-20 salary equity study to include race and other intersections
  • Assemble and deploy resources to centralize information regarding education and training opportunities on leadership and professional development for faculty and staff
  • Work with other campus leaders and groups to combat bullying and other inappropriate workplace behaviors that threaten personal safety
  • Engage in programming and messaging on voting rights and the value proposition for voting in connection with the upcoming presidential election and the ongoing celebration of 100 years of voting for women
  • Study and participate in responding to the differential gender impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on both staff and faculty

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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.