CWU event puts the ‘HER’ in history


Woman’s HERSTORY month cake. Photo by Alahnna Connolly

Alahnna Connolly, Staff Reporter

The Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) hosted Women’s Herstory to kickoff Women’s History Month. Grad Assistant Victoria Linder who is a second-year student in the Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Program was the primary host of the event.

Celebrating woman. Photo by Alahnna Connolly

The event had refreshments, snacks, drinks and a cake saying “Women’s Herstory Month.” They use “HER” in front to replace “HIS” to honor and celebrate notable women in history, according to Linder.

Women’s “Herstory” was established in the 1970s from a feminist movement, according to Linder. The event was a tribute to recognize the accomplishments of all women in the world.

“A lot of women’s voices haven’t been written through history,” Linder said. “This kickoff was to bring [a] voice to that for women and [feminine] identifying folk.”

Linder spoke about feminism and displayed a presentation explaining the differences between masculinity and femininity.

One of Linder’s favorite women that contributed to society is Marie Curie, a Polish French physicist who conducted research on radioactivity and is the only person to win two Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields. 

A powerpoint dedicated to powerful women in today’s society told the story of someone who opened an all-women’s law firm after being told by her male boss that she needed to dress more conservatively. 

Megan McConnell, director of the transfer center for student achievement, said she “finally understands femininity through being a mother.”

Food provided by DEC, picture by Alahnna Connolly

“Raising children has caused me to really think about what that means,” McConnell said. “I didn’t understand the connection to femininity until I had kids.”

DEC hoped all people would show up to these events to educate themselves. Linder said she wants women to be heard and practice gratitude throughout Women’s History Month, and recommended researching it online.

Linder said one woman that she looks up to is her mother, because she knows how to fix things and is a phone call away. She said her mother walked her down the aisle and she calls her even when she has a sink clogged.

To end off the event, the DEC offered white boards attendees could write on asking questions like, “Who are some important woman in your life?” and “Who is someone you have gratitude for?”

Diversifying Feminism. Photo by Alahnna Connolly