April 3, 2014
Last Thursday night at Avenue 209 authors and poets gathered to “Let Her Voice be Heard,” an event that celebrates feminism and women’s empowerment.
The participants shared stories and poems that influenced them from a feminist perspective. Some people read poems and stories written by female authors such as Maya Angelou, Sylvia Plath, and Shirley Jackson. Others stuck to their own work. The original works of both faculty and students were a testament to the lived experiences and powerful voices in the Lock Haven community.
The night was full of awards for strong voices. The Virginia Martin Gender Issues Essay Contest winners were announced at the event. The essay contest is used as a way to recognize students’ work on gender and women’s issues. This year Lock Haven University awarded three students this prestigious award. Third place was awarded to Alexa Weissert, a senior majoring in English and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Her essay focused on sex education and what young adults are really learning. Sara Guthrie, a senior majoring in sociology, was awarded second place. Her essay was about how women were depicted in advertisements.
The first place award was given to Amanda Cole, a junior majoring in HPED and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Amanda’s essay was about how scripts perpetrate rape. The winners of this award and the people that attended the event were grateful to the Women and Gender Studies minor and all their hard work and support.