For those of you who may not know, today marks the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Here at Penn State and across the globe, people of all backgrounds are coming together to work toward the goal of empowering women.
According to the United Nation’s official website, “International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”
As much as we hate to admit it, women’s inequality issues still exist in our modern era and can be seen everywhere from the school playground to the boardroom. The ever-present stereotypes and sickening generalizations will continue to prevail if we don’t work towards a change. It’s time we take matters into our own hands.
I believe the current Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon (who happens to be a man, by the way), said it best:
“To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment. The world will never realize 100 percent of its goals if 50 percent of its people cannot realize their full potential. “
In an effort to spread awareness and share the message of women’s empowerment, the members of Her Campus Penn State spoke to the women of our very own university and started the discussion on what it means to be a woman and the most important qualities that we foster. Here are just a few examples of what they had to say:
A big thanks to all of our fabulous participants!
Her Campus Penn State