From the suffragettes to womanists, progress has certainly been made in terms of women’s rights. Society now tells us we are equal to men – of course, there is still work to be done. This same society also allows for, and makes money from, misogynistic advertising objectifying women. It pays men, on average, more than women for similar employment. We may have come a long way; we still haven’t arrived at equality.
Recognizing the challenges of being deemed the ‘weaker sex’, many organizations are supporting International Women’s Day (March 8th). Vanier College is one of them – only here, it is celebrated as International Women’s Week – hosting a week-long symposium featuring lectures and presentations by women who have overcome difficulties, faced professional obstacles perhaps, and who have established a reputation for themselves in their field.
In preparation for this special week, The Learning Centre, in collaboration with Women’s Studies, has launched a writing contest, In Her Name.
If there is an influential woman in your life, whether you know her or not, and a creative gene in your blood, why not combine the two? Write 250 words maximum of creative writing of any form (poem, prose, song, etc.) and submit it online here. Who knows – you may win one of the monetary prizes (ranging from $25 to $150)! Just make sure you have your piece in by Friday, February 24th, 2017 – late submissions will not be accepted.
For more information, contact Kim Muncey in The Learning Centre (B205).
Written By: Katherine Willcocks