ASU celebrates Women’s History Month with words of encouragement

Students join to empower women by bonding over crafts and food

By Kierstyn Wiley
On March 22, 2019

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Students clap after a heartfelt recital of a pro-women poem. Students and faculty were encouraged to deliver quotes or poems and received a free gift afterwards.

The Multicultural Center welcomed attendees to the Houston Harte University Center lobby on March 8 for the Women’s History Month Celebration. 
The event highlighted the importance of how women got to where they are now and the support that brings them together. 
“I feel like women now are realizing we all have voices,” said Sabrina Torres, student assistant and graduate student. “We bond together in a way like a sisterhood to represent each other, to make history and to make things happen.” 
The helpers at the event displayed written quotes along the tables to inspire women to speak their minds and be confident in their bodies.
Many of the helpers also encouraged attendees to join them to take advantage of the opportunities that exist for women and to gain the support they need for the future steps of equality.
 “The reason why we should recognize what women have done is because we are the generation after them” Torres said. “I think it’s important that after each generation we are doing more for women that are coming after us.”
There were options to donate feminine products to help women who need to care for themselves and to show the endless assistance women have for each other across the world. 
“That’s what we will be collecting today; unopened packages of feminine products,” Torres said. “We can be empowered women as we’re on campus. Women sometimes feel excluded and this is a way for us say ‘we can do whatever we put our minds to.’”
Torres said the Multicultural Center has a Ram Pantry for any student who needs personal hygiene products and it even includes feminine products.
“Looking at a historical perspective, there’s been this idea that women have to be subjected to men,” said Destiny Brown, diversity and inclusion chair of Sigma Kappa. “I believe there should be equality. Even the definition of feminism is the social boom of economic equality of the sexes.”
There were also poems individuals could recite on stage to feel the power of confidence and what women in the past had to go through in order to be heard.
“Now, we have women in congress…we are making a huge comeback in America,” Brown said. “I think women are such an underrepresented group, in any case, so recognizing these women and seeing what they’ve done is just going to inspire them.”


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