UT Women Invited to ‘Stiletto Stampede’ for HERstory

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KNOXVILLE — In honor of HERstory month, the Women’s Coordinating Council (WCC) is hosting the event “Stiletto Stampede: Walking Tall” to celebrate the power of women.

The walk begins at 12:05 p.m. on Monday, March 15. Participants will walk from the University Center Plaza to the Pedestrian Walkway. All women are invited to join this walk to show their appreciation for those who fought for women’s rights and to be encouraged to keep the fight going.

Men also are encouraged to join in the walk.

HERstory Month Chair Emily Curtis Wrinn anticipates a large crowd and said the event is intended to help people to understand how influential women are in society.

“Sometimes people find the sound of heels coming down the street or down a hallway annoying,” Wrinn said. “But we want to show that it can change a woman’s attitude and make her feel more confident. A lot of men don’t understand this feeling. We want this event to help women celebrate and encourage men to understand things they may not perceive about women.”

The WCC’s goal is to have 100 to 150 people participate in the Stiletto Stampede. Everyone not participating is invited to watch and cheer on the group.

“We hope it is a graceful walk,” Wrinn said. “We want, more than anything, for people to understand our cause: Women wouldn’t be in the place we are today without those progressive ones that paved the way. This walk is only a small token of our gratitude.”

To participate in the “Stiletto Stampede,” arrive at the UC Plaza at noon or simply join in while the women are walking. Also, contact the members of Women’s Coordinating Council, wcc@utk.edu, for more information and to notify them that you are planning to attend.

C O N T A C T :

Bridget Hardy (865-974-2225, bhardy4@utk.edu)

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