Girls Night Out strengthens women on campus

Guest speakers share emotional stories

By Sydney Faison
On September 7, 2018

Contributed photo by Carrie Davis

 

The women of ASU gathered for the annual Girls Night Out, hosted by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, on August 27 in the Junell Center.

“Girls Night Out taught me that it is very important to not only respect others but to respect yourself. Put yourself on a higher a standard so you can set yourself up for success,” senior Tatiana Torres said. 

Girls Night Out gave the women of ASU an opportunity to feel uplifted through two speakers. The first speaker was Dr. Rick Rigsby. He told his life story and discussed losing his wife to breast cancer. Dr. Rigsby said that after losing his wife, he had to learn to be both a mother and a father to his four sons.  

During Rigsby’s speech, the audience laughed at his jokes and responded to his questions. 

Dr. Rigsby said he learned everything from a third grade dropout: his father.

Dr. Rigby’s father gave him some significant advice: “Don’t expect others to do for you what you should do for yourself.”

After Dr. Rigsby spoke, raffle prizes were drawn for students and faculty. T-shirts were thrown to the audience. 

Once raffle prizes and shirts were distributed, Catie Wiedenhofer demonstrated self-defense techniques for the women of ASU and asked the audience to participate in learning them.

After the self-defense lesson, the second speaker, Mackenzie Baldwin, spoke about how she was charmed by a man who pretended to be from New York but turned out to be an extremist from the disputed Republic of Kosovo in southeastern Europe. 

Baldwin told the audience about how she converted to Islam and isolated herself from loved ones for this man, who she met online. 

She discussed how the incident was embarrassing, but she learned to forgive herself.

Baldwin’s story was featured on the Today Show. 

Baldwin spoke about Tinder, a popular dating app. 

“You always have the power to swipe left when a guy is not right for you,” Baldwin said.

Attendees had the opportunity to take pictures with the guest speakers. Hot dogs, chips and a cereal dessert were provided.

Girls Night Out is an event that promotes the importance of physical, mental and emotional health among women of all ages.

 

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