Jamison Guice, Campus Carrier features editor

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According to the faculty directory located on Berry’s website, one of Christy Snider’s, associate professor of history, research and teaching interests include U.S. women’s history. Photo courtesy of Christy Snider

Associate professor of history Christy Snider

“Being a historian, I have always thought that it was kind of an important way to bring out the different topics women’s place in society and it’s a way to focus on, you know, some aspects of women’s history have maybe been forgotten or neglected. As far as impact, I don’t know that it’s changed anything in women’s achievements but I do think just having it just existing is a recognition that women do play a significant role in both the social, cultural and political aspects of the United States and have for a long time. I guess this and last year are the first couple of years in a long time where there haven’t been more events kind of celebrating Women’s History Month, so I’ve done events in the past that have looked at things like women in the union movement and women’s suffrage, you know, just all various types of aspects, and I think it just kind of reminds people or highlight different aspects that of women’s history or women’s accomplishments that otherwise just kind of fall by the wayside. It’s not like war, where every year there’s like a remembrance of the day or something, but it’s still a way to bring up some of those stories that are just as significant for women’s lives, as you know, maybe the day was for men’s lives. Since it became a month-long celebration back in 1987, it’s really kind of astounding in many ways how things, even in that short amount of time, has changed women’s lives. We have a woman vice president now, we’ve had a woman run for president from one of the major political parties, we’ve had the #MeToo movement and more women graduating from college than men. So, even within just that almost 25 years, there’s been this huge change in what the belief is that women can accomplish and what they add to society.”

President of Young Democrats Anna Van Kley, junior, said that even though the organization has not held many events centered around Women’s History Month, they hope to host a discussion with a female Senate candidate in the future. Photo courtesy of Anna Van Kley

Junior Anna Van Kley, president of Young Democrats

“Women’s history month is a time where we remember the contributions that women have made to the things that we appreciate about the world today. I’m a history major, and so I think it’s an extremely important thing to do, especially because so many modern narratives about history leave women completely out even though despite the fact that, for a lot of history, they weren’t necessarily participating, and very explicit roles in like politics or government or something like that; they were still doing really important things. To ignore the history of literally half the population of the world seems a little misguided. I think it’s just completely inaccurate and so Women’s History Month is a time where we can not only address the fact that women play an important role in history, but it can also be a part or a time where we can address what we think is important in history, overall, because it isn’t just about the big achievements on like special days like Independence Day and things like that. I think it brings a lot of people into the conversation about how we think about history and kind of how we interact with the idea of women having a different history than men and the different experiences of women that are ignored whenever we subscribe to male dominated narratives of events. I think that, for some people, it is a little bit alienating because they’re probably men and they’re like, ‘Well, why is women’s history actually different from men’s history, why do we need to make it about women, why do we need a women’s history month and not immense history month?’ Well, women have been an important part of history but they’ve been consistently ignored. Taking time to specifically think about what women do and how is that benefiting me, I think that’s extremely important.”

Kimberly Field-Springer, assistant professor of communications, has been published in journals like “Women’s Reproductive Health.” Field-Springer also recently published a #MeToo movement article in the journal “Health Communication.” Photo courtesy of Kimberly Field-Springer

Assistant professor of communications Kimberly Field-Springer

“We talk about Women’s History Month and we have International Women’s Day that we’re supposed to be celebrating, but, unfortunately, we have a lot of issues right now. We are even celebrating our first ever woman Vice President Kamala Harris and woman of color, but look at the statistics on how many women have just left the workforce due to COVID-19. So, Women’s History Month is a way for us to reflect on where we are right now, look at where our foremothers fought for the rights that we have today but also to keep that going. And, more than ever, we need to keep that going right now. For me, one of the things that I’m hopeful for with Women’s History Month is for people to wake up and look; okay, the first wave got us the right to vote in 1920 and the second wave, now we can use credit cards. I can have a last name that’s hyphenated, Field-Springer. I can get a loan. I can get an education. For the third wave, we’re looking at diversity, and we’re still not done, I mean I just published an article on the #MeToo movement – sexual assault has been normalized for so many years. It’s interesting because if you think about the months and the history of this or history of that, one of the phrases I kept hearing over and over again is Black History Month. It’s not Black History Month, this is something that we need to be celebrating all the time. So, I think to some extent, it does provide an opportunity for people who are not aware of what our first, second and third wave feminists have done to become aware, but it also is one of those things that, ‘Okay it’s just this month of celebration and we’re done,’ it’s something that needs to be long-lasting. It needs to be integrated into our learning processes, every day.”

Upcoming president of Berry College Republicans Sarah Scarborough, sophomore, plans to continue working with the organization by encouraging women in leadership positions. Photo courtesy of Sarah Scarborough

Sophomore Sarah Scarborough, upcoming president of Berry College Republicans

“The significance of Women’s History Month is it’s very important to look back and see how far women have come and what we’ve gained. I look at my grandmother, who didn’t have an education and I think her life would have been a lot different today. Looking back and seeing how far we’ve come, we get to do things that even my grandparents didn’t have the opportunity to do, and that’s very important. Women in leadership roles have become increasingly more available than they used to be. I would say that, even within the conservative movement, you see a lot more women like the governor of South Dakota and Candace Owens as people who have put themselves in the culture. I would say, from a leadership standpoint, I would just be grateful that a woman can be the president of B.C.R. [Berry College Republicans] or any organization on campus. That’s something that I feel like our generation can take for granted. It makes me realize that it really wasn’t that long ago that those opportunities weren’t afforded to women, so I think that’s very important. Another aspect is in women’s sports and our athletic director, she’s a very strong and empowering woman, and I feel like in sports, especially as someone who is a female athlete, we get shoved aside a lot and made fun of a lot as being less important or less interesting. I think that in this community, especially with our new director Angel Mason, women’s sports have been more of a priority and supported by everyone on campus. I know before I came in as a freshman, the men and women’s golf team did not have much interaction. They practice with us more, they come to support us in our tournaments, and I think that’s really cool to see that women’s sports are not being belittled as much as they used to be.”

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