What is feminism? Feminism is a way of viewing, experiencing, and living in the world that advocates for groups of individuals that are systemically and repeatedly marginalized by an exclusive power structure. While feminism is typically branded a “women’s movement”, feminists around the world work to fight issues of inequality in race, socioeconomic, and gender fields. Renowned feminist leader Gloria Steinem once said, “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
What is gender equity? Don’t we already have that? While it’s true that gender relations have come a long way, it’s vital to remember that we’re far from equity. Women still make roughly 77 cents to a man’s dollar. Women are still grossly underrepresented in positions of leadership and government. Women are systematically discouraged from pursuing careers in math, science, technology, and engineering, commonly known as STEM. Women are marginalized and pigeonholed in print and visual media. Women and other minorities have a long way to come in order to enjoy the same privileges afforded to more powerful members of society.
Why a women’s center? Don’t we already have the Women’s Health Clinic and the Institute for Women’s Studies? An on-campus women’s center would provide resources and support differently than the Women’s Health Clinic and the IWS and WSSO. The Women’s Center would work side-by-side with these entities to create an environment of lasting change and acceptance on our campus.
What would a women’s center at UGA do? Being an on-campus resource center, it would have the capacity to create and host programming, provide partnerships between off-campus and on-campus organizations, and connect students and faculty with a variety of valuable resources and research opportunities.
What are some reasons I should visit the women’s center? A women’s center would provide resources and programming to answer your questions on gender issues and relationships both on-campus and off. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, a women’s center would be there to support you through the process of seeking out medical and counseling assistance. A women’s center would help connect you with unique opportunities to engage in gender issues throughout our community and the nation and world. We hope to be able to provide unique opportunities for collaboration and community between a myriad of student organizations and off-campus entities.
Who can benefit from an on-campus women’s center? A women’s center is for everyone. All students and faculty can benefit from engaging with issues of gender equity in our community and in their fields of study, and it is our hope that every Dawg can engage with the UGA Women’s Center and the resources it could provide.
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