On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, women around the world wore red in honor of the International Women’s Day. Billed as “a day without women,” women were encouraged to not go to work and not to shop or rather only shop in shops run by women or minorities. This strike is aimed against President Trump and the “social injustices that brought him to power,” says Emily Crockett of Vox.com. Four Andrews University students shared their thoughts and opinions about the feminist movement and the strike.
“I was moved by the outpouring of love for women on International Women's Day...I wish it was more often that women got praised for things that often get ignored. I think it is important to recognize women for what they do and who they are. However, International Women's Day is also important in that it gives a platform to discuss challenges that women face worldwide,” Noël Harris (senior, French studies) said, “So in an effort to keep this spirit alive, we, as a student body, should find ways to support the women around us and the women abroad.”
Ye Lim (Ember) Kim (sophomore, psychology) cited the New York Times article that stated, “One in three women around the world are physically and sexually abused. 62 million women around the world are not given a chance of education because of their gender. One in seven girls in developing countries are married before 15. This is why we need International Women's Day.”
Kim said, “On International Women’s Day, I had shocking conversations which brought me to a brutal reality: there are so many people who misunderstand feminism and are even offended when someone stands up as a feminist. Some people were even asking, ‘Why isn’t there a men’s day?’ Asking why there isn’t a men’s day is like asking why isn’t there a white history month during Black History Month, and shouting ‘All Lives Matter!’ during a #BlackLivesMatter rally.”
The women’s strike being on the eighth of March has a second meaning to one Andrews University student. Ingrid Radulescu (sophomore, English) said, “ International Women’s Day is also Mother’s Day back in my home country of Romania, so this day had a double meaning for me. I choose to wear red as a stand for solidarity for all the women who have had a significant impact in my life, as well as to bring awareness to the day’s meaning.”
Carla Delgado (senior, management) provided a message to all women: “Empowered women empower women. In order to bring change, you must first start with yourself. Love yourself. Believe in yourself. Encourage yourself. And don't ever think that you are not enough.”