Recognizing the Importance of Women Everywhere
Women’s History Month is celebrated nation-wide throughout the month of March. The University of Illinois’ Women’s Resources Center organized a number of events this month to recognize local women and girls who have strengthened UIUC’s campus and community. Wednesday night, the WRC hosted a Women’s History Month Kick Off Event at the School of Information Sciences to celebrate women and International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is Be Bold For Change. The Champaign based musical group, Love Handles, came out to perform feminist-powered songs.
The predominantly feminist cover band aims to amplify the voices of women and artists that are not often heard in mainstream music. All members of the band are either current or former staff members of the WRC working to prevent sexual assault on campus.
Ariel Gonzalez organized this kick-off event. “International Women’s Day to me is a day where we can all come together to celebrate how powerful women actually are and how much of an impact we do have on the world. This is something that I think people need to realize everyday,” said Gonzalez. Gonzalez also said that since the day is celebrated worldwide, she thinks it brings the whole world a little bit closer together.
Jon Sweitzer-Lamme attended the event. He said he would consider himself a feminist because, “it’s common sense…it’s important for men and women to have equal rights.” Sweitzer-Lamme is a graduate student in Library Sciences. He said that women such as Hillary Clinton and Marsha P. Johnson inspire him. “Well they’ve fought against such hard odds,” he said.
Molly McLay has worked at the WRC for over four years and is the co-founder of Love Handles. She said it is important to recognize the accomplishments of women both past and present. “I think we have a long way to go in terms of achieving gender equali
ty, but we’ve come a long way too,” she said. McLay said she believes it is always important to reflect on what people have done before us; i.e. what has set the stage for women to be where they’re at today. “When we decide to be bold for change, we can make the world better for someone else and probably many other people as well,” said McClay.
Love Handles has a rotating crew. Anyone who identifies as a feminist and loves to play music is more than welcome to join the band. The Women’s Resources Center will continue to hold events throughout Women’s History Month.
I thoroughly enjoyed attending this event. I loved getting to hear such an amazing band perform. I’m also glad I got to hear some very passionate people’s opinions on feminism and their thoughts on the important role women play in today’s society, as well as general thoughts on International Women’s Day.
I wish I would have gotten a few more different angles for my b-roll to make the story a bit more interesting. Overall, I think I had successful interviews. I wanted to make sure I got a man’s perspective on the whole thing in addition to the two women I interviewed, so I thought that turned out well. I’m grateful that the people I talked to were so willing to help me out.
I’m satisfied with my natural sound and video editing. I do need to be sure my audio mixing is better for future assignments. I also think I have a lot of work to do with my own narration, in terms of sounding more confident. I put a lot of time and effort into the editing process. And while I still have room for improvement, I am overall happy with how my video package turned out.
Additionally, I would definitely consider attending more events sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center to learn more about topics I normally wouldn’t discuss on a day to day basis. I would also love seeing the band perform again.
I hope you enjoy. You can also check out my script here.