The newly formed WKU Feminist Student Union held its first meeting on Wednesday February 23 to cover introductory topics, responses to the recently released sexual assault lawsuit against WKU and events planned for the semester.
Olivia Neil, a freshman in publicity and president of the Feminist Student Union, explained that her main reasoning for starting FSU was that she wanted to be involved on campus, but no current organization had a feminist message. clear. She also talked about how she thinks FSU will benefit students who join.
“I think students will benefit from a space to talk and meet,” Neil said. “When creating FSU, I wanted to make a space for everyone. A safe space to talk about things we want to change and to work with organizations nationally and globally.
FSU wants to give space to anyone affected by sexual assault and will continue to keep this topic at the forefront of conversations. They want WKU members and students to know that they are not alone.
“I feel like most of the time when a sexual assault allegation comes out, women are supposed to accept it with grace, and I don’t like that,” said student Emma Wayne. first year in biology, during this discussion at the Rencontre. “Women should be allowed to be angry, and that [FSU] is a great place for constructive feminist anger.
The organization will be working with many different groups throughout the semester, including BRASS, Inc. and Hope Harbor. They are also planning upcoming events for March, which is Women’s History Month. These include a collection of women’s products and a painting evening, tentatively scheduled for March 8 at 5 p.m.
“I think this will be a great way for women to advocate because most of the time we’re just silenced,” said Annie Whaley, a freshman in international affairs, Arabic and public relations. “Everyone deserves a safe space to learn how to use their voice and be able to share it with the community.”
For those interested in joining, FSU membership is $7 and can be sent via Venmo to @Renee_Reinhardt. Those interested can also join the FSU WhatsApp, which can be found in their Instagram bio.
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