On March 22, 2013 Gloria Steinem came to campus and caused the kind of stir you would expect from a rock star. Steinem's icon status is well earned after over 40 years of activism & advancement of women's rights. This storify follow's Gloria's day on campus through the eyes of Simmons' community.
March 2013 Archives
It's that time of year - housing selection! Join our very own Woman on Campus, Sarah Galvez, as she tours the dorms in her four part series.
Dorm Series, Simmons Hall
I applied to be a part of Campus Conversations on Race (CCOR) as a first year student because I wanted to have discussions about real issues over tea. By the end of the semester I gained knowledge, friendships and valuable experiences I would not have gotten anywhere else. The following semester I was asked to co-facilitate the program and now I am on the Like Minds e-board as the CCOR representative and I'm in my fourth semester with the program.
Simmons students care passionately about the issues they believe in. So far this semester, Simmons students have taken their interests to the next level by working together to take action.
Most recently, Simmons students displayed passion in the annual production of The Vagina Monologues, a play by Eve Ensler. This student-run performance truly combines acting with activism. The play educates, entertains, and enrages the audience about women's issues around the world, while featuring a spotlight organization. Each year, Vagina Monologues directors select a local organization to benefit from the funds raised. New England's first women's shelter, Transition House, is this year's beneficiary from the Simmons ticket sales. I had a total blast being a member of this year's cast, all while raising funds for an important cause!
For some, this semester began with an intensive January course known as Simmons World Challenge. This is a class that is open to sophomores and when I heard how much this year's class enjoyed it I felt nostalgic towards my experience last year in World Challenge. SWC offers unique courses with new topics each year, and students collaborate in small groups to brainstorm, research, explore, create, and present a solution to an issue. This year's program actually had two different topics: one on immigration, and another about the media. One example of a World Challenge outcome this year was an in-depth analysis of how the media portrays violence.
- 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime
- Over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence.
- In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
The producers of the 2013 Vagina Monologues brought the V-Day worldwide movement to Simmons College in a big way! The award winning play by Eve Ensler brings together voices of many women, sharing their fear and excitement about ownership of their own bodies and experiences.
The V-Day movement as a whole seeks to end violence against women and girls and bring awareness about violence against women across the world. This year, the Simmons performance included two student-written monologues by Marissa Johnson and Beatrice Seifert called, "Risers" that led directly into the video, "One Billion Rising."