“International Women’s Day is a day to look at the roles of women and their inequalities” says Olivia Gardner, class of 2014, who is the president of the Women’s Issues Group here at McDaniel College.
The Women’s Issues Group (WIG) meets every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. in Ensor Lounge to discuss the societal role of women and the differences between men and women.
WIG has about 20 members, and there is a good mix of women and men. The group is not too serious, just an open forum discussion that is non-disclosed. The members have discussed topics such as the perception of women in video games and even controversial topics such as whether prostitution should be legal.
WIG and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) are teaming up on March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). There will be a table in Ensor Lounge from about 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. advocating IWD. Pictures of different events from around the world will be displayed and the purple ribbon, which is the symbol for IWD, will be given out.
“Small steps are being taken [to open up the minds of McDaniel College students]” says Gardner.
Women make up 50% of the population in the United States. So why are they treated like minorities and second-class citizens?
Hopefully, on March 8 plenty of questions like these will be asked. Hopefully, many females, and yes, males, will be moved to prove that men and women are equal.
For more information on International Women’s Day, check out the link below: