'Pressing for progress' on Texas Tech's campus

'Pressing for progress' on Texas Tech's campus

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The cultural, political, social, and economic achievements of women around the world are celebrated March 8. International Women's Day started more than 100 years ago and is celebrated in many countries all over the world.

Texas Tech's Women and Gender Studies program provided students with an opportunity for students to come and make the pledge to #PressForProgress this year. Students could fill out a card that said what pledge they wanted to take for #IWD2018, and commemorated it with a selfie.

"We want to break the silence and increase visibility of women in our history, as well as recognizing them moving forward and noticing their influence today in society as much as in the past," Women's Studies Ambassador Celeste Medina said.

The conversation of gender equality has mainstream attention thanks to recent social movements and President Trump. 

"As far as the MeToo movement, we've seen a lot of solidarity around the sexual violence that came up during his presidency and his history with it. However, as far as written down policies that are protecting anybody -- not so much," Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance President Anikka Conrick said.

For many women, just a conversation is not enough. 

"We're very conscious of having the dialogue continue throughout the year. I do recognize the importance of setting aside a day or setting aside a week or even a whole month to have the dialogue constantly," Women's & Gender Studies Academic Advisor Tricia Earl said.

"Looking at our past we can learn that and we can gain motivation, but looking forward we need to realize that we are in a very different society and the way oppression is shown is not the same," Medina said.

And the oppression here in the states doesn't look the same as other countries either.

"I think, especially here in the US, because we've made so much progress, we kind of miss what's kind of going on with women all over the world. Especially in developing nations. We still have a whole lot of women who are just dealing with economic empowerment and dealing with violence against women, we have so many women who don't have that power," College of Education professor aretha marbley said.

Recognizing women's accomplishments in your own culture and beyond can educate you.

"I saw my mother as a Latina woman, businesswoman in the construction business, she's had to overcome a lot of different things, boundaries that were set not only for women, but also for minorities. In that way, I've been able to establish more solid gratitude and respect toward hard working individuals in general," student and researcher Carlos Acosta said.

The hope is for a world of equality.

"You can see it in our everyday society in the women that are coming up. Not only business, but social activism, making people aware, educating people on what are the issues and what are the problems that people go through?" Acosta said.

Texas Tech Women's & Gender Studies Program is holding events all throughout Women's History Month.

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