(LINCROFT, NJ) — 100 years later–where can we stand immediately? What are the problems that matter to the following technology of ladies leaders and activists? These had been a few of the questions addressed to kick off Girls (Making) Historical past Month. by the panelists of the Girls In Studying and Management (WILL) occasion on March 4th.
The various panel, included Brookdale Neighborhood School alumni, present college students, and Brookdale school, who thought-about key questions relating to each the historical past and historiography of the US suffrage movement–focusing on traditionally marginalized contributors and activists. The panelists additionally mentioned the important thing issues and points that stay to this present day, 100 years later.
“The Intersections of the 19th Modification,” is the title of the set up being positioned on the wall behind the bronze sculpture donated in November by artist Brian Hanlon. The statue represents a triumphant second when all these courageous girls walked to Washington D.C. to enact the 19th Modification.
English Professor, Roseanne Alvarez teaches the Girls in Gender Research Survey course at Brookdale, coordinates the WILL management program, and is an advisor for the WILL pupil group, she opened the occasion with introductions of the panelists to the practically 150 in attendance.
She launched content material consultants for this undertaking, Historical past Professor Jane Scimeca and Judith Unger. Unger is Assistant Professor at Brookdale’s Bankier Library, she spoke on her work within the library which has helped broaden and assist scholarship and analysis on girls’s historical past on the School. She has developed a LibGuide for the Set up undertaking and has labored with Jane Scimeca and her HIST 125 course growing a LibGuide for that class.
Scimeca who teaches Girls’s Historical past Survey, began the night’s discuss with a quote from Carrie Chapman Catt, “The vote is the symbol of your equality, girls of America, the assure of your liberty. Girls have suffered agony of soul which you’ll be able to by no means comprehend, that you just and your daughters may inherit political freedom. That vote has been expensive. Prize it! Perceive what it means and what it could possibly do to your nation. Use it intelligently, rigorously, prayerfully. Progress is asking to you to make no pause. Act!”
Included within the Set up are activists Jovita Idar, Zitkala-Sa, Tye Leung Schulze, Mary McLeaod Bethune, Dolores Huerta, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and poet, novelist, and activist Marge Piercy’s poem, “My Heroines”
Former WILL Pupil Group President, Yeimi Hernandez researched and talked concerning the girls Jovita Idar and Dolores Huerta who impressed her from the Mexican American neighborhood and who additionally had been concerned in immigration at the moment. “This topic touched house for me as a result of I used to be born a century later and my persons are nonetheless struggling as they had been again then,” Hernandez mentioned. “I didn’t study this a part of historical past all by means of my Okay-12 schooling.” It was not till now in faculty whereas she was researching for this set up that she found the historical past of her heritage.
“American girls of coloration had been important to the suffrage motion though their efforts haven’t traditionally at all times been acknowledged,” Hernandez continued. “Their occasions had been useful and had been one other piece to the puzzle of the place the hassle of the 19th Modification wanted to go.” Hernandez additionally talked about her private journey and her hope for the longer term.
Amanda Zelevansky, present President of the WILL Pupil Group, is a enterprise main who spoke on the panel about how girls are misrepresented within the media immediately. She mentioned “there’s not sufficient illustration in our authorities and that’s actually the muse for misrepresentation for ladies in society. There are nonetheless points that exist immediately that existed 100 years in the past, that also have to be resolved.”
When girls first gained the best to vote it was not all girls. Ethnic girls weren’t allowed to vote. Zelevansky offered Tye Leung Schulze within the Set up who she felt was misrepresented within the media for being the primary Chinese language lady to vote within the USA. She mentioned, “the media emphasised her Chinese language ethnicity. They referred to as her a maid and, spelled her identify fallacious. Implying that she was not necessary sufficient or educated sufficient to vote though she labored for the federal government.”
Veronique Manfredini a Brookdale alumnus, at the moment learning at Columbia College, researched Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the Set up. She mentioned, “I came upon about her after I joined WILL and took part in a pajama celebration occasion they held the place we watched a film about her. I discovered her to be extraordinarily empowering. Her dying was devastating to many individuals, together with myself, and I believed it was necessary so as to add her to the Set up due to all of the unimaginable life-changing work she did over her lifespan. There was, sadly, not sufficient area to suit every part in there, however I’m glad I may consolidate a slice of her life to include within the Set up.”
Meagan Friedman simply joined WILL this semester and is taken into account the group’s resident Political Scientist. Collaborating on the panel, she offered on girls in politics. She targeted on the place we’re immediately and the way girls at the moment can turn into extra concerned and have to be extra represented in politics.
Linda Truong is Vice President of the WILL Pupil Group and is an intern for the Campus Election Engagement Venture. She defined that CEEP helps interact faculty college students by organizing campus-wide efforts to do issues like serving to them to register to vote and educate them about their communities. She mentioned, “we’re making historical past proper now too, and we’re additionally accountable for setting an instance for the longer term identical to the ladies on this Set up did for us.”
WILL is an instructional program and a Membership that fosters a deeper understanding of ladies’s numerous roles and contributions to society in addition to gender and its intersections with race, tradition, class, sexuality, and different facets of social id. A part of their mission is to extend consciousness of inequalities and of particular person and collective methods to deal with these inequalities.
Friedman needs to switch to Georgetown College and main in Worldwide Politics, Counterterrorism. “I imagine my related main and being part of WILL at Brookdale will assist me get into Georgetown,” she mentioned. “A buddy of mine at Georgetown is in Georgetown Girls in Management, an identical membership with a neighborhood of ladies that assist one another and has applications that embrace notable audio system that discuss on quite a lot of topics. It’s a membership I actually need to be in at Georgetown.”
Hernandez first met the members of WILL on the School honest the place she mentioned, “they enthusiastically inspired me to hitch. I like Professor Roseanne Alvarez, she makes you allow your consolation zone and develop with out you even realizing it. The heat of the group is wonderful. It’s a terrific group. We’re nonetheless in contact with previous members and collaborating with one another on this occasion. All of them assist me to be extra current, extra assured, and discover self-love. They make me assume past my consolation zone. It’s not a membership, it’s extra of a household, supportive of all college students and accepting of everybody.”
“WILL and the applications we work on are necessary to me as a result of I’m a enterprise main and shall be seeking to work within the company discipline the place I shall be competing with males,” Zelevansky mentioned. “I might want to have that basis to be a pacesetter. WILL is offering me with a assist system and the power to realize management abilities to serve within the workforce. “
“I turned concerned in WILL whereas at Brookdale as a result of I used to be seeking to make a distinction and to be taught extra about what being a feminist is like,” Manfredini mentioned. “It was useful to me in so some ways, a few of that are that I discovered a lot greater than what I anticipated to, I made some lifelong buddies, and I grew as an empowered lady.”
This program was supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities by means of the “NJ Girls Vote: The 19th Modification at 100” initiative and is co-sponsored by the WILL: Girls in Studying and Management Educational Program and the WILL Pupil Group. The WILL@Brookdalecc.edu program is modeled after the objectives established by the National Network of Collegiate Women’s Leadership Programs (NNCWLP). #choosetochallenge #IWD2021
Picture of Dolores Huerta