Girls Night Out Gets Smart

Girls Night Out teaches Women about themselves

By Eunice Tibay
On August 31, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
EmmaLee Boomsma and Rebecca Garcia, sophomores, practice self-defense moves. Catie Wiedenhofer showed students several different tactics on how to defend themselves.

Multiple speakers discussed women’s safety, sexual health, and friendship on Aug. 28 to college students at Girls Night Out in the Junell Center.

"It was a very informative program, and it should be provided for girls to learn about assault and their bodies and what happens at college," Anisa Galvan, sophomore, said.

Ed Smart, the father of Elizabeth Smart, was the keynote speaker. Elizabeth Smart was abducted in 2002.

Smart talked about the emotional rollercoaster his family had ridden during the 9 months Elizabeth was missing. Smart mentioned how women are often still blamed by society despite being thrown in situations out of their control.

"Each one of you are very important," Smart said, "Each one of you has a [making] as a friend. Each one of you can add to that life because each one of you is special."

Women’s health expert Dr. Teresa Baker, blogger Stephanie May Wilson, and National R.A.D. Women Instructor Catie Wiedenhofer also gave presentations at the event.

Dr. Baker, OB-GYN at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas, discussed key points women should know about their health such as practicing self-examination of one’s breasts to detect signs of breast cancer, and getting to know your body as a woman.

In addition, she talked about the different birth control methods women can use as well as how they affect a woman’s body to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancies and STDs.

Wilson, a blogger and author of "Lipstick Gospel," spoke about the joy true friendships could bring to one’s personal growth as a woman, and how her own experience with discovering true friendship has helped shape her to become who she is.

"If you haven’t met your best friend yet," Wilson said, "It’s not too late for you."

Wiedenhofer demonstrated the vulnerable spots of an attacker such as the eyes, neck, torso and foot to the attendees to inform them of where to strike their assailants in their time of need.

"It was a nice, well put together event," Jordan Hightoner-Willis, freshman, said. "It was a good way for ASU girls to get to know one another by bonding over new info."

Counselors were also present in the event courtesy of the Title IX Office of the University.

Michelle Boone, Title IX Director, gave a quick speech on what her office does and how to report sexual harassment and discrimination on campus.

Attendees also had the opportunity to take photos with the speakers and enjoy a meal of baked potatoes, salad, and cake.

Girls Night Out is a free annual event hosted by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health that aims to raise awareness on the physical, mental, and emotional health for women in their college life.

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