Hopkins Celebrates International Women's Day
This year marked the second annual International Women’s Day Assembly, organized by two clubs- Equal Rights, Respect, and Opportunities (ERRO) and Screen, Host, and Outreach to Talk about Trafficking and Education (SHOUTTE). The Assembly held on March 6 featured speakers sharing their stories.
SHOUTTE head Katherine Takodues ’20 stated the goal of the Assembly was “recognition and empowerment. We aim to celebrate with music and dance ... including as many student voices as possible.”
The United Nations officially began International Women's Day in 1975. Two years later, The United Nations General Assembly had member states declare March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights.
Hopkins celebrates International Women’s Day with special all-school Assemblies. When asked about this year’s Assembly, ERRO co-head Elizabeth Roy ’20 explained it was "still a celebration of women, female accomplishment and perseverance." Roy recalled that SHOUTTE and ERRO, feeling strongly about celebrating women's achievements towards equality, came together in September 2018 to organize an Assembly. According to Roy, both groups agreed “that a big, celebratory Assembly on International Women’s Day would be the best way to do that!”
When asked about what the Hopkins students and faculty will get out of the Assembly, co-head of SHOUTTE Julia An ’21 stated “We hope the Assembly acts as both a reminder of how impactful women are in our world and an appreciation of all the things women are capable of.” Roy elaborated further: “I want our celebration to remind everyone how far we’ve already come, and how the power of people coming together for a common cause can enact change.”
The Assembly featured a joint a capella performance of both Spirens and Triple Trio. Spirens member Fiona O’ Brien ’22 stated that the event is “really uplifting and empowering. Having the two groups come together is really great and it's a rare thing, but the Assembly is so important we felt we had to. We always sing really fun and empowering songs and it’s just great to showcase a bunch of female singers within the Hopkins community together and let everyone be heard.”
Roy hopes the Assembly will help Hopkins focus on the positive progress of gender equality, and remind the community that change can happen. “It’s hard to feel optimistic about our future in the current political, social, and environmental climate. I want our celebration to remind everyone how far we’ve already come, and how the power of people coming together for a common cause can enact change. The fact that we can have a day, and Assembly to celebrate women is amazing, and is the marker of so much more to come.”