Sunday March 6th was International Women’s Day, a day that is a National holiday in some places but not as widely celebrated in the United States. Tv2’s Nicole Jelinek took a look at what this day means to students and the history behind it.
If you take a look around one of Kent State’s popular hangouts, at the Hub you see a variety of people, but did you realize that Kent’s Campus is populated more by women?
Kent State’s main campus is home to over 28,000 thousand students. In fact, Kent’s campus is 59% female and 41% male.
With campus being heavily populated by females and Sunday marking International Women’s day, I walked around and asked a few students what this day means to them.
[SOT] Sara Belida- “I don’t know, a day where women can get recognized for everything that they do.”
Zach Brown- “I consider myself a feminist, right now women have made a lot of progress. They still have yet to reach what men are earning. It’s just one step to making it better.”
Abbey Walther- “Women are a lot more equal in other countries but I think there are a lot of changes that need to be made.”
[Standup] You can see that students are aware of the progress women have made and are still making. International Women’s Day is celebrated more heavily in other countries, but it actually started out here.
[SOT] Jenna Brinker “I really think the impact could be huge especially if the United States embraced it more.”
GA Jenna Brinker see’s the importance of International Women’s Day.
The idea for International Women’s Day came about in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through NYC demanding better pay, fair working conditions and voting rights and in 1911 people around the world celebrated it for the first time.
International Women’s Day is now a global day celebrating the social, economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places, international women’s day is a national holiday like china, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria.
[SOT Jenna Brinker]- “It could strengthen our force together women and we could experience this world together as women and facing some of the same battles just in different places.”
You can get more about International Women’s Day from InternationalWomensDay.com. I’m Nicole Jelinek for TV2.