By: Antonio Iannetta – Layout Editor
Across the WPU campus, new flyers have appeared regarding Women’s History Month, a greatly deserved time of uplifting women and praising their accomplishments. Students have been abuzz, speaking of new events and a month-long celebration.
With Women’s History Month among us, female students across campus have been more than eager to share their thoughts on the topic as well as sing the praises of their female role models.
“It’s been a tough ride for women recently,” explained Samantha Koprowski, a freshman who expressed interest in politics. “So I think it’s great that the university is having events and really showcasing it.”
Multiple events occurred at WPU to celebrate women and their contributions to history. Events include a lecture on women and mathematics on March 23, an awards presentation dinner on March 24, a hike to High Mountain Preserve on March 26, and panel discussions on the contributions of African American women and careers in Women’s and Gender Studies on March 28.
“I think it’s a great thing for the university to be doing,” stated Jennette Firriolo, a 22-year-old popular music studies major. “There’s a variety of ages here, it’s not just the average college student age. I believe it’s really important if you have a university that’s supposed to educate all these people, they should also educate about history.”
Various women through history have had a profound impact on female students, by providing an example of good behavior and inspiring further action.
“I would say definitely Rosa Parks,” said Pamela Ghiorse, a 24-year-old junior. “Basically, she stood up for what was right, stood up for what she believed in, and that’s something I want to do.”
Ghiorse went on to say that though she was unsure as to if she could make as a powerful impact on history as Parks she hoped that society would further improve for women if they stand up for their rights.
“I always go to Ida B. Wells- she was an activist during the Jim Crow era,” said Khandice West, a 21-year-old junior. “She was a writer for a newspaper, she reported to the news current events which were happening such as the lynching of black men. She was always so headstrong and so outspoken of everything, despite what could have happened to her. She was always one of the most influential women in my life.”
Some students are inspired not only by women in the past, but the actions of prominent women in the present.
“Elizabeth Warren is very influential to me,” Koprowski said. “She’s influenced my major and my career choice, especially with the lack of women in politics. I feel like I could make a difference; she has encouraged me to make it.”
Koprowski added that the inspiration of Senator Warren has spurred her to directly join the fight for women in state legislature and Congress. She desires to go into the field and fight for women’s rights despite potential hardships.
Even those close to home had a profound impact on women at WPU; many claimed their mothers to be immense inspirations for them.
“[My mother] of course is the only person, only woman I’ve known since I was born,” Firriolo said. “She also is very scientific, more so than what they would advertise as the average woman.”
Such inspirations have inspired female students to action, allowing them to make plans on how they too can make a mark on history.