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Young Feminists Club helps students find their voices

The Young Feminist Club hosts a party in bringing awareness to menstruation. The club aims to create a positive environment for women to be confident.

The Young Feminists Club allows students to cultivate their voices in a safe environment. The club aims to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for students to grow as feminists and people.

The Young Feminists is an after-school club open to students of all genders, races/ethnicities and identities. Anyone who wants equality of sexes and gender identities is welcome to join.

Cedar Davis a junior member of the club, described how a typical meeting is run. The current president of the club is a sophomore Lila Seath. Seath prepares for meetings by creating a slideshow concerning a specific current event. After grabbing some of the provided snacks, the members gathered in a circle and discussed the topic of that week’s slideshow.

Their advisor, Rebecca Skogen (commonly known as Profe Skogen, Skogen teaches Spanish levels 3 and 5) defines feminism as promoting the inclusion and equality of people of all genders.

The International Women’s Development Agency describes feminism as being “about all genders having equal rights opportunities. It’s about respecting diverse women’s experiences, identities, knowledge, and strengths, and striving to empower all women to realize their full rights.”

The IWDA also talks about how vital intersectionality is for feminism. One member of the club junior Nyanpal Kuornyuot, described intersectionality as someone’s identity not made of only one thing.

In my mind, feminism is just basic human respect.

— Nyanpal Kuronyuot

“I would say that feminism is really it’s sticking out your neck for women and people who are assigned female at birth. That can be anyone is really; really just going out of your way and making sure that they are in a safe situation and standing up for those who are, you know, in an undervalued society,” Davis said.

An article from Meer discussed reasons feminism must be taught in schools. It claimed that teaching students about feminism will give rise to new thinking and behavior, allow students to properly communicate discrimination, give wider awareness about things like domestic violence and more.

Other websites like Educators 4SC, provide further evidence. Educators 4SC takes the positives specifically from an educator’s view into consideration.”

By teaching students about feminism, educators are not only promoting equal rights for all genders but are also debunking the idea that “feminism” is a bad word, or controversial,” the post said. 

“I think in general, intersectionally, we can and should be more mindful of groups who are underrepresented in our curriculums, and make sure we’re amplifying the experiences and perspectives of all communities in our classes,” Skogen said.

Forbes describes reasons why people are hesitant to support feminist movements. Conscious and unconscious gender biases, the thousands of people who think there already is gender equality, people who think the word feminism does not align with their beliefs and more.

“I just wish more people were aware of the fact that feminism just doesn’t mean we hate men,” Kuornyuot said.

The Young Feminists Club is a great place to talk and hang out with like-minded people who care about equality. The club provides an area of positive discussion. “In my mind, feminism is just basic human respect,” Kuornyuot added.

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Gabbi Chau, Political Cartoon Editor
My name is Gabbi Chau, I am a junior, and the cartoon editor for the Pony Express! I am a part of the Stillwater High School Swim and Dive team, the Stillwater High School Synchronized Swim team, I am in Belle Chanter Choir and the Stillwater Choir, and more. I love playing video games with my friends or just hanging out together I am most looking forward to creating original artworks that will be displayed in the newspaper!  

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    Makayla ShuggFeb 6, 2024 at 8:21 am

    This article is very influential and powerful just by reading the title alone which is why I picked this article. While reading this article about feminism it grabbed my attention when it stated that feminism should be taught in school because it allows students to feel able to communicate discrimination or “give wider awareness about things like domestic violence,”.