The Women’s March movement has leveraged leaders across the globe to create the Unity Principals, “representing a new understanding of the connected nature of our struggles and a vision of our collective liberation.” Together, these principals focus on issues including ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.
With institutions of higher education having an obligation to encourage awareness and respectful discourse, the PAWs team was excited to ask community members who participated in the 2018 March for Women’s Rights about their experience as we celebrate Women’s History Month this March.
“This year’s Women’s March focused on engaging and encouraging participation in the 2018 midterm elections and empowering voters to support human rights,” shared Mapi Baez, Student Affairs Intake Specialist.
“I participated with 4 generations of my family,” shared Rachel Orlansky, Director of the Office of Student Access and Wellness. Telling us about her motivation to join in, “My grandmother, now 91 years old, has been fighting for women’s rights and equal rights her whole life. Her mother fought for a woman’s right to vote. And we have all persisted! And we will continue to fight for equal rights.”
Bringing the message home, Javier Carrillo, Access and Wellness Counselor, identifies his biggest take away, “That together we are strong…we are the change!”
However you choose to celebrate Women’s History Month, we challenge you to use this opportunity to raise awareness within your community.
Written by Ashford Staff