Lack of women’s rights and equality is a real issue — one that Auraria’s feminist scholars are determined to address.
On March 1, Feminist First Fridays held their first official meeting of the spring semester.
The meeting took place in a conference room in the Student Success Building. The size of the room, however, was barely large enough to accommodate the women and men alike who showed up in support of the cause.
According to their website, Feminist First Fridays is “a forum for presenting and discussing feminist research and creative works-in-progress across disciplines, and an occasion for feminist scholars on campus to come together.”
It is an occasion that allows anyone to meet and discuss with the diverse community of feminist scholars on campus the prominent issues in the areas of women studies, gender, race, inequality, and social justice.
Last Friday’s meeting consisted of a research presentation, a discussion, and an opportunity for people who attended to network with scholars and share their input and ideas.
Dr. Virginia McCarver, an MSU Denver speech communication professor, women’s rights scholar and co-founder of Feminist First Fridays, talked about the importance of having an event like this on campus.
“This meeting is meant to create a sense of community for feminists from all different disciplines on campus,” McCarver said. “It allows us to come together to share ideas with each other and develop a sense of connection. Creating a place of meeting and sense of awareness like this is so important for our campus community.”
Amy Zsohar, a faculty member of MSU Denver’s communication department, appreciated the relevance the meeting had in her life as a professional woman.
“I took away from this meeting a better understanding as to what it means to be a woman in the workplace,” Zsohar said. “This is important because it is an issue women are constantly faced with.”
MSU Denver senior Cara Schiff took away new ideas as to what it meant to be a feminist.
“I consider myself a feminist, but going to this meeting made me feel more connected with the movement,” Schiff said. “I learned a lot more about the history of feminism, and being here really establishes this and gives a sense of connection with others who are involved.”
According to the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, “All Feminist First Friday meetings will be held in the Provost’s Conference Space, room 330A of the Student Success Building from 12:00-1:15 p.m. on the First Friday of every month. If you are interested in presenting your work at a future meeting, please contact: Kim Klimek at email@example.com or Virginia McCarver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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