Women’s Center to celebrate International Women’s Day

Maria Ly
Staff Writer

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Women Center plans to celebrate International Women’s Day today with an entertaining set of performances. 

According to the official International Women’s Day website, “International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call for action for accelerating gender parity.”

International Women’s day has been around since 1911 as many women celebrated all over the world from the United Kingdom to Austria, as many groups campaigned for women’s equality. 

The holiday took place on Friday, March 8, but due to spring break, the Women’s Center plans to celebrate the day today in observance of International Women’s Day. 

The theme for the event and International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, to celebrate feminism from around the globe and to honor the special day as the website states, “A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world?”

Liz Steinborn-Gourley, the Interim Director of the Women’s Center, said this about the event, “It’s just endless, non-stop fun. In that event, we’re going to have a speaker that’s going to talk about global feminism, there will be student performers who are going to dance, there will be poets, there will be an acting troupe and there’ll be a panel about feminism from the perspectives of current students.”

The speaker and special guest coming to Thursday’s event is Dr. Neala Schleuning, the first Director of the Women’s Center.

The event is free for all students and everyone is welcome to come.

As the International Women’s Day states, “Make International Women’s Day your day – everyday.”

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