Paige Bennett | Court Street Stories
Feminism: the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. Although feminism seems to be a “trend” to some people, it dates back many years. Ohio University in particular has its own timeline of feminism on its beautiful campus, and thanks to the Women’s Center, feminists have a safe place to meet, inform and learn.
The Women’s Center, also known as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is located in Baker Center. Although the feminism definition includes the equality of the sexes, the Women’s Center and many feminists at Ohio University support equality for all genders. If you are confused on the difference, it may be time to take that WGSS 1000 class.
The Women’s Center helps to “promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities.”
Throughout each week, several events and meetings are held by the center to work toward their mission of educating. Thursdays are well-known within the Women’s Center for the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn. Brown Bag is held at noon, and is exactly what the title suggests: you pack a lunch and head to the Women’s Center to learn about different diversity topics.
The Women’s Center has also been known throughout the years for offering film showings and theater productions to students, faculty, and community members. If you’ve heard of the Vagina Monologues, you should know the support behind it. The original play was written by Eve Ensler in 1996. The Women’s Center holds open auditions at its location. Performers have a chance to act out the stories told by 200 women from almost 20 years ago about sex, relationships, and abuse. The stories are still relevant and occurring today. Regardless of your gender, you should stay tuned to the Women’s Center calendar in order to check out this important theater performance.
The Women’s Center has also been known to welcome student organizations for gatherings and planning sessions. FEM (Feminist Equality Movement) meets here on Mondays, and FRC (Fuck Rape Culture) meets here on Thursdays. The organizations are able to plan and organize protests in the Center.
A few times each month, the center holds an International Women’s Coffee Hour, where women of all nationalities are welcome to visit the offices for coffee and tea. Through these coffee hours, the center again accomplishes its longtime mission of being inclusive to diversity.
Although feminism has been occurring in waves since the late 1800s, it has been harder for feminists to find a welcome space. The Women’s Center has provided that space for students on the Ohio University campus, but with the welcoming vibes, has also provided space for community feminists in Athens.
Regardless of your gender, nationality, age, or ideals, you should stop and check out the Women’s Center. The experience is sure to be enriching, and you might just decide to change history and swim in this third wave of feminism.