Women's Center Support, Programming, and Reproductive Choice
As a Women’s Center, we pause to honor the lives and legacy of the women and allies who fought and suffered over generations in pursuit of reproductive health access and choice and express concern over the erosion of these gains with the overturning of Roe v. Wade this summer.
For more than a quarter of a century, the mission of the Women’s Center has been to promote a Virginia Tech community that is safe, equitable, and supportive for women. We assert that access to reproductive healthcare, bodily autonomy, and individual choice are fundamental to gender equity. We also know that members of our community who are victims and survivors of gender-based violence, and those who are marginalized by race, gender identity, sexuality, and economic status will bear a disproportionate weight in this historical moment. We are steadfast in our commitment to pursue equity and fairness for all who live, learn and work here.
The Women’s Center holds membership in professional organizations at the national and statewide levels, most centrally the National Women’s Studies Association and the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Both have recently issued statements in response to the Dobbs decision asserting the importance of access to reproductive care and choice.
We reassert our commitment to continue to use our platform for change, not only in voice and thought, but in action, support, and resources. To this end, our approach to supporting members of our community remains advocacy-based, trauma-informed, and focused on the individual’s needs and choices. In addition to our signature educational initiatives this fall, we will be doing outreach work to connect students, faculty and staff with information about registering to vote and getting to the polls, and with programs and events, including a collaborative workshop titled Rise Up in October designed to prepare women for civic, political, and non-profit leadership.
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