This Saturday, April 9th, the Connecticut College Empowerment Initiative will be hosting its annual show. “My Voice When it’s Loud” will be a collection of monologues written anonymously and performed by women and nonbinary students in the Conn community. The show will include student experiences on everything from body positivity, to gender and sexuality, to relationships.
This year’s show is sure to be remarkable—and dare I say it: empowering—because of the beautiful words being performed, but also because this year marks the start of a new chapter for the club nicknamed “CC Empower.” Last year, the club went through another name change, rebranding the Womxn’s Empowerment Initiative as the Connecticut College Empowerment Initiative. Along with this name change came a promise to be more inclusive of all genders. While I can’t speak on how genderqueer students feel about the show, I do feel that the directors have carried through with trying to amplify these students voices, as my monologue is about the writer’s feelings towards coming out as someone who uses she/they pronouns. Plus, with last year’s show being pre-recorded and the 2020 show being canceled, it has been a long time since the Conn community has been able to witness a show like this. If I were you, I would want to be there to see for myself just how important it is for our community to have a space for people’s voices to be heard.
If you need any more convincing, all proceeds from ticket sales go to the local New London organization Safe Futures, which focuses on supporting victims of domestic violence in Southern Connecticut.
So if you are looking to support a great cause, hear some powerful stories, and get empowered, stop by “My Voice When it’s Loud” at 7 PM on Saturday in Harkness Chapel. Tickets for the show are $10 and sold at the door.