Women's Center

Feminist Action Alliance

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Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Women's Center Lounge - Multicultural Center


The Feminist Action Alliance is a student organization that meets once a week to discuss women's issues and to organize campus and community events that work to create an awareness of such issues as domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault.

The FAA is open to any student interested in learning more about feminism or in assisting with events like Take Back the Night and the Vagina Monologues.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Feminist Action Alliance shall be to create a community safe for all in order to support the growth and advancement of women educationally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Our purpose includes the promotion of women through the education of ourselves and our campus community in order to work toward equality and respect for women in our society.

Annual Events

Take Back the Night (October 26th)

A nationwide event, the Take Back the Night march and rally creates an awareness of domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault and provides a community of support for those who have survived such experiences.

The Vagina Monologues (February 9th-11th)
The Vagina Monologues  is an episodic play written by  Eve Ensler  which students at WIU perform as one of the Women Center's legacy programs.  The play delves into consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex work, and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences.

FAA's History/a>

The Feminist Action Alliance was formed in January of 1995 by Donna Denoncourt, a graduate student serving in the Women's Center. Her goal was to create an organization where students could learn about and discuss women's issues and feminism and other significant issues in a safe forum. Originally named Feminists and Friends, the group changed their name to the Feminist Action Alliance to better express their desire to make a difference in the campus and surrounding community.

Leadership Opportunities

The Feminist Action Alliance does not believe in a hierarchical structure and provides each member with the chance to experience a collaborative kind of leadership.

Educational Outreach Coordinator

Helps plan new events each semester while working with members of other organizations and different departments both on campus and in the community.

Discussion Facilitator

Leads the discussions during FAA meetings and has the opportunity to bring in information (video, news, topics, etc.) to share with the group.

Budget Coordinator

Works with the advisor while helping to plan FAA's budget and allocates funds for particular events and activities.

Correspondence Coordinator

Takes minutes during FAA meetings and corresponds with other organizations through letters and email when necessary.

Publicity Coordinator

Helps design fliers and posters and develops advertising campaigns for upcoming events.