Girls Night Out empowers female students

Guest speakers share inspiring stories

By Sophia Gravatt
On September 6, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Hanna Seymour, author and speaker, discusses the topic of leaving comfort zones using an unexpected object and scenarios as an analogy. Girls Night out is an annual event held to help empower female students. 

ASU on Aug. 26 held its annual Girls Night Out event at the Junell Center, which featured three guest speakers and prizes for attendees. 
Author Hanna Seymour, ASU police officer Mary Wilson and author Jordan Dooley spoke to the approximately 1,300 female students who attended the event.
Seymour discussed expectations about college versus reality. Each student also received a free copy of her book, “The College Girl’s Survival Guide.” 
Wilson demonstrated basic self-defense techniques designed to protect women.
“My favorite part of the event was when we were shown basic R.A.D. defense,” senior Andrea Johnson said. “It’s always funny to see the crowd’s reaction during those moments.”

Johnson said she thought it was fun to be able to go with friends and hang out without having to put any effort into the planning.           

Berkeley Puckitt, director of community outreach, said the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health holds this event to promote physical, mental and emotional health for college students as well as teach students ways to feel safe, happy and prepared during their college years.

Those in attendance also received free T-shirts and enjoyed free food and drinks that were made available to them.

Jesli Rodas, junior, said this was her first year attending the event.

“I hadn’t previously gone to Girls Night Out, but I had heard such good things about it from friends, so I decided to go this year,” Rodas said. 
She said her favorite part of the event was how relatable Seymour and Dooley were.
“Their speeches weren’t just speeches to hear,” Rodas said. “They were for you to feel.”

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