Community march for women, equality

By Krista Dejulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief

On Wednesday, March 8, International Women’s Day, 45 Lasell students and faculty members wearing red marched in awareness of A Day Without a Woman. 

The day was organized by the Women’s March on Washington to boycott the current treatment of women in the United States. The idea was for women to not attend work or class, thus showing what a day without women would be like. 

A march was organized on campus by senior Raquel Barnes and sophomore Maggie King to “show […] solidarity with women all over the nation who feel disrespected by the current political administration,” King said in an email. 

Barnes and King made red bows to support the cause and hand out to students who supported the cause. They encouraged female students to miss their classes for the day to make a statement and even drafted an email for students to send their professors regarding the event. Outside of the library, the two put up paper for students to write which women inspire them, favorite quotes, and why they march. 

“The things that we are striking about aren’t just happening in the last four months. This stuff has been going on. Women are paid less than men. [Women] experience discrimination in the workplace. Whether that’s been workplace discrimination, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment. It’s not okay and it’s not the progress we are working towards and we need to make that known,” said King. 

The march started in Glow Lounge, went onto Woodland Road, and ended at the Peace Pole where students and faculty shared motivating thoughts and advice on how to get further involved. At the end of the march, Vice President for Enrollment Management Kate O’Connor said, “Lasell College was a women’s college for 146 years and those roots run deep.” 

“I would love more people to see how easy it is to get involved…I feel that if we get people to understand that even by doing the simplest things online or in their everyday lives, they’re helping the cause, and hopefully that will get them interested in larger activist operations,” said freshman Christina Tomasik.

“We just went through an election where we had a candidate who completely and negatively talks about women, negatively talks about minorities. Who’s completely unsupportive of so many different communities. With that, it put a fire under so many people who have been offended and hurt by the current president,” said Barnes.   

Moving forward, Barnes and King recommend attending rallies, voicing opinions, to stay aware, and to get involved in organizations in Boston that fight for justice everyday.

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