This year, the Women’s Leadership Club is celebrating Women’s Day in the Coreway at lunch on Thursday, March 8th by having a bake sale and by selling purple tulips to raise money for the Malala Foundation. Join in on the fun and support women!
On Thursday, March the 8th, the 41st official UN International Women’s Day is taking place. It is held annually to celebrate women’s international achievements, to promote gender equality and to fix the gender gap. March 8th is also known as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
The first officially recorded feminist is Mary Wollstonecraft who was part of the 17th-18th century historical movement The Enlightenment. The Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, originated in Europe, particularly in France and England, and peaked in the mid 1700s. It criticized the government and established religion, education and society. It also emphasized reason and independent judgement. The Age of Reason encouraged reform, such as changing the traditional governments and lessening the importance of religious authority.
Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, philosopher and feminist who identified problems with the way women were treated in society. She noticed that women were not able to reach their full potential because of the limited education available to them, and that the marital dynamics for men and women were unequal. She proposed that we focus just as much importance on women’s education as men’s, as well as encourage women to enter male-dominated fields, such as politics, medicine and business. In 1792, she published The Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy.
Vivienne Jeker (’21)
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