Annual Women’s Day promotes feminist ideals: Student coordinators give presentations concerning various gender issues


Emily Ma

Seniors Sophia Andreadis and Allison Winter practice their presentation about the past, present, and future of beauty standards in the Digital Learning Center.

Rebecca Charno, Staff Writer

Since the early 1900s, March 8 has been a powerful day for all females.  National Women’s Day is a holiday that allows for everyone to voice their issues or concerns with the rights of women.  This is an issue that has been growing, especially due to recent events.

Hopefully, annual events like National Women’s Day can help everyone who feels oppressed by the law due to their gender.  This day allows for women of all ages to speak their minds and express themselves.

There have been rallies, marches and social media postings about Women’s Day.  All of these actions have inspired many people to begin to stand up for what they believe in.

“Seeing my role models, like Selena Gomez, stand up for women all around the world is truly inspiring.  Just a post on Instagram can motivate me to stand up and voice how I feel about women’s rights,” said freshman Sabine Rosaya.

Many organizations, such as the National Women’s Liberation Association, have been extremely inspiring and led young women all over the world to take action.  They hold marches all around the world.  From participating in an organized march to reading an Instagram post from your favorite singer, young females of America get inspired on Women’s Day.

“I’m very inspired by how my mother can have a job and have three children.  I am also heavily inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft, who had incredibly modern views against such heavy oppression in her time,” said senior Allison Winter.

Students at Schreiber have caught onto this movement and seen it as an opportunity.  The women’s day club organized a Women’s Day that would speak to all at the school.  Individuals from all grades put together their own presentations to speak about what was important to them.  On March 31, Women’s Day coordinators gave their presentations in the library periods two through six.

The Women’s Day presentations included “Really Cool Women,” “The Economics of Being a Woman,” “What Health Class Doesn’t Teach You,” “Beauty Standards,” and “What is Feminism?”

“Really Cool Women” highlighted women who have made an impact on society.  This presentation featured different female celebrities, musicians, artists, and athletes.

In “The Economics of Beings a Woman,” Women’s Day coordinators discussed gendered products, the pink tax, and how companies use gender to divide people and increase profits.

“What Health Class Doesn’t Teach You” examined some of the topics that are not usually covered in health classes, including relationships, consent, and sexual orientation.

“This year my main presentation is ‘What Health Class Doesn’t Teach You.’  This is not aimed at health education at Schreiber, but more the lack of health education in American public schools.  I’m focusing a lot on consent, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and a lot of other things that health education should include,” said senior Zoe Garman.

The “Beauty Standards” presentation discussed how different beauty standards both enforce and break gender roles.  It also covers the past, present, and future of beauty, and how personal definitions of beauty differ from beauty standards.

“What is Feminism” went over the real definitions of feminism and resolves common misconceptions and myths about feminism.

It is very important that national days like this do not go by without being recognized.  When students take action, it then motivates others and now many people are eager to get involved for next year.

“Women’s day is something that I was very lucky to be a part of this year.  I hope to continue to get involved at Schreiber and get my friends to join.  It is very important that young students not only in Port Washington, but all around the world, take action because I believe the larger the group, the bigger impact we will have for women all over the world,” said freshman Katie Winter.