East Carolina University’s Women and Gender Office (WGO) will host a workshop tomorrow to discuss current events relating to this month’s topic, intersectional feminism.
The Feminist Friday workshop will be held in the Women and Gender Office inside the Main Campus Student Center tomorrow at 2 p.m. Ashley Cleland, associate director of WGO, will be running the workshop.
“I think that this event for me, as a professional, represents the importance of dialogue,” Cleland said. “There’s a lot of information and resources that the WGO and me and my role as an associate director of Intercultural Affairs can provide the community, but I also want to make sure there are opportunities where students, faculty and staff have a chance to unpack and talk about things that matter to them while also learning something.”
Cleland said feminism has a long history and the WGO chose this topic with the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment coming up August 2020. She said with feminism on the rise in recent years, it has become more relevant than ever since 1992, which was named the “Year of the Woman.”
Cleland said more females have been running for governmental offices to the point where it has become quite common.
Cleland said she hopes to engage and teach students during the Feminist Friday event. She said she wants to clear up some common misconceptions about feminism.
A few topics which might be discussed during this event are that feminists are men haters, or they hate pink and have a specific appearance, Cleland said. The topics will be broadened during this discussion because of the way feminism can be perceived with the multitude of viewpoints across the board, she said.
Feminism is a topic for everyone to have their own take on and when approached by it everyone has their own meaning, according to Cleland.
“Feminism is recognizing barriers and stigma and anything getting in the way of everyone having equal opportunity in social, political and economic success,” Cleland said.
Dorian Simons, a freshman science education major and member of the WGO, said he started off not agreeing with feminism, but along the way, he found feminism was something used to help people. He said he started off not knowing much about feminism because it was a complicated subject that held a variety of meanings. He said the WGO has been a home for him.
“Feminism helped me find myself and was a complicated topic as a kid that I didn’t know much about. I realized feminism was so much more and that I could use it to be an ally for people more marginalized than I am,” Simons said.
Jhanna Means, program assistant for the WGO and senior intended nursing and child development double major, said this will be her second semester being a part of the WGO. She said she has learned more about inclusive language, menstruation and how important the office truly is.
The word "feminism” has been viewed as an extreme when in reality, it's fair and just, according to Means. Women are just as equal as men and that they deserve the same privileges, Means said.
“Feminism isn't some fancy word that's thrown around by woke females. It's a way of life. It's advocating for women's rights and equality among the sexes politically, personally, economically and socially,” Means said.
Feminism is a topic for everyone to have their take on and when approached by it everyone has their own meaning according to Cleland.
“Feminism is recognizing barriers and stigma and anything getting in the way of everyone having equal opportunity in social, political, and economic success,” Cleland said.