Women around the world face discrimination solely based on gender. This includes a variety of aspects of life, such as discrimination in the workplace, healthcare, education, criminal justice, and so on. Women are often fired or forced out of their jobs when employers hear of their pregnancy. 1 in 4 women will experience severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their life. In a study, nearly 4 in 10 girls reported being made fun of because they are a girl in primary school and 1 in 5 schoolgirls were ‘unhappy to be a girl’. Additionally, the strain of intersectionality makes this more difficult on women of color as they must face sexism and racism together. Black women have the highest wage gap, typically paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
The primary goal of the Women’s Health campaign for the Spring 2021 semester is to advocate for gender equality on a local level in Connecticut, promoting education of gender discrimination among students and ways they can help.
Connecticut must work to enforce gender equality on an institutional and social level while addressing intersectionality of gender, race, and environment. Individuals must have a comprehensive understanding of the weight and accuracy of this issue, rather than on a basis of opinion. Legislatures can take action by providing funding to support education, resource distribution, and providing financial support to women impacted by gender discrimination.
- Educate the public of the various impacts of gender discrimination, especially for college-age students through use of media.
- Educate the public of the importance of the intersectionality between gender, race, and environment through use of media.
- Respond to gender discrimination on a campus-wide and state-wide level through grassroots and lobbying tactics.
- Obtain and distribute sustainable menstrual products to locals and students in need.
- Plan and execute virtual and socially distant activities, fundraisers, and drives for sustainable menstrual products and feminine products.
Women at UConn and in Connecticut need a strategy to educate themselves, advocate for themselves, and seek out allies. Intersectionality will be a focus of this campaign between gender, race, and environment. We as students have the power and potential to create a wave of change, and advocate for the rights of women in Connecticut.