By Erik Reed
March is Women’s History Month and serves as a time to recognize and honor the remarkable achievements made by women throughout history.
At The University of Tampa, many students are actively getting involved with Women’s History Month, including members of HER Campus, an online magazine that provides a space for many women to voice their opinions, freely share ideas and publish their writing every two weeks.
With Women’s History Month still up and running, recognition is also being drawn to the barriers women face living in the 21st century.
According to Jalyssa Nazario, junior, and President of HER Campus, domestic violence is one of the biggest issues women face today.
“I’m not sure how the issue as a whole can be fixed,” said Nazario. “But implementing more education about the many different forms of domestic violence and making sure women know about the resources available to them is a great way to combat it.”
In light of this domestic violence issue, HER campus is organizing many events this month, one of them being a donation drive with UT public health to provide essential needs for Spring of Tampa Bay’s emergency shelter.
This shelter serves as a safe space for victims of domestic violence. Donations can be dropped off in a donation bin in the Vaughn Center. Toiletries, blankets, sheets and any other essential needs can be donated.
“I think it is important to spread awareness about Women’s History Month because women are still a marginalized group,” said Jillian Eaves, junior and Vice President of HER Campus. “We are underrepresented and our strides have to be bigger and better to push towards equality.”
Eaves explains that HER campus puts on many other events centered around empowering women, and that article topics for the club are up to the author’s creative power.
Women have a long history of being marginalized under a systemically patriarchal society that has been used by men persistently, according to the New York Times.
According to Carol Gilligan, psychologist, and ethicist, men do not want to give up their political, economic, and institutional power.
A New York Times article also claims that women and men internalize the idea of a patriarchy, without even realizing it because of how normalized it has become in our society on a day-to-day basis.
“I’m in HER Campus as a way to connect to other feminists like me, to meet new people, and to write about my experiences as a woman,” said Kierstin Rurka, junior and current member of HER Campus.
According to Rurka, HER Campus helps women across the country to express themselves, and believes that the chapter says a lot about Women’s History Month through their writing.
While relentless efforts have been made to achieve full equality between men and women, there are still long-standing issues today. Some of these include women’s reproductive rights, with recent abortion policies being implemented in far-right states, the gender pay gap, lack of women in positions of power, sexism, and more.
Although HER campus is heavily made up of women, all gender identities are welcome to be a part of their club.
Students can get involved with HER Campus at UT by emailing them on engage, and direct messaging @hercampusut on Instagram to be added to their group chat.
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