EMU students talk International Women's Day

Students demonstrating on EMU's campus on International Women's Day, March 8.

EMU students expressed their view on International Women’s Day, March 8. International Women's Day is held annually on March 8 to celebrate women's achievements around the world. The day is also known as the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.

In different parts of the world the focus for why women are celebrated ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for many different reasons ranging from economic, political and social achievements. 

“Women are not appreciated as much as they should be. Women are overlooked especially with some women becoming stay at home mothers. Some people believe that women are suppose to take on that role and on the other hand some women are viewed as intimidating when they have high paying jobs,” said Ayanna Jenkins, EMU junior.

On International Women’s Day more than women are encouraged to support women. As a unified show of support, Women’s March Global organized people around the world to march.

“This will be an influence to society now and in the future because will impact how women are viewed,” said Jenkins. “For instance the civil rights movement was made up of marches that have not only made people aware of the struggles African Americans faced in the past and present, but it woke up the world,” she continued.

Women empowerment movements such as #BeBoldForChange have been endorsed by celebrities and everyday women. Brands and businesses have started movements of their own, Tory Burch’s #EmbraceAmbition movement is an example.

“We need to celebrate the importance of a woman, who she is, what she does, and so forth,” said Aliya White, EMU sophomore. “Sometimes women are forgotten and we would love to be shown appreciation. A whole day month dedicated to us shows love, however I believe woman should be shown it everyday. It won't hurt to continue to show admiration,” said White.

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