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Campus groups plan events to empower women

Kyra Smith-Cullen
News Editor
ksmithcu@lhup.edu

March 27, 2014

Though National Women’s History Month is drawing to a close, several organizations on campus intend to hold events geared towards women and equality past the end of the month. LHU is ending this year’s Women’s History Month festivities with an event in Avenue 209 on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

However, the HOPE center is holding its annual Take Back the Night march and rally on Wednesday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m. and American Association of University Women will be hosting an equal pay workshop on Tuesday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m. Thursday’s “Let Her Voice Be Heard” event will feature readings from female authors by students.

“I love when female students or faculty read their own work which does often happen,” said Professor Tracey Cummings, of the English department.

The time will also be used to announce the winners of the Virginia Martin Gender Issues Essay Award and for the official announcement of nominees for the President’s Award for Distinguished Work in the Advancement of Women’s Issues. The “Take Back the Night” rally, which will be held on the steps of Price Auditorium, is an annual event geared towards raising awareness of sexual assault and rape.

It will feature speakers from campus and the Clinton County Women’s Center, in addition to an open mic period where survivors can share their stories. Though not exclusive to women, the female population makes up a significant amount of college students who have been sexually assaulted or raped.

The AAUW’s event, “$tart $mart”, is a three and a half hour workshop that will focus on educating women on the lack of wage equality in the professional world and will be held in Bentley S06.

“The workshop will educate attendees about the gender pay gap, help students develop a budget and determine salary needs and train them in negotiating skills through role playing,” said Professor Holle Canatella, one of the advisors for AAUW.

Space for the workshop is limited, so interested students should RSVP to Canatella by April 1. “When women receive equal pay, not only does the employee and her family benefit, but her employer benefits too because the employer gets more productivity and leadership,” said Canatella. “So equal pay is beneficial to society as a whole.”

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