By Micah Tam
On March 8, not only was it International Women’s Day, it was also the observation of the #ADayWithoutAWoman protest, which acted as an extension of the #ADayWithoutAnImmigrant protest. On this day, women all over the world struck to show how the absence of women would impact society and the economy.
Among the women who chose to strike as part of the #DayWithoutAWoman protest were Summit Expeditions teachers Noelle Easterday, who teaches Anthropology, and Eli Cetto, who teaches Visual Arts. They came back with many stories and new experiences.
Here is a link to an open letter written by Ms. Eli reflecting on her personal reasons for striking.
Below is a look at the protest Teacher Easterday (left) and Ms. Eli (right) attended.
By Kristian Bekele and Micah Tam
On March 8, 2017, Summit Preparatory Charter High School honored the women who have changed our lives as a way to join the conversation sparked by the observance of International Women’s Day. This day is meant to celebrate all the accomplishments that women have brought toward the advancement of the world.
Teachers from Summit’s Expeditions team coordinated different workshops to highlight women’s rights and to show appreciation for women by having students learn about feminism and discuss the struggles that women still face in our society.
- A poster in Room 16 shows appreciation to the “superwomen” in students’ everyday lives.
- During one workshop, students were asked to write down male and female stereotypes on sticky notes in order to identify existing social constructs.
- Summit Prep juniors Talia Herzberg, Anna Becker, Rasmia Shuman and Sophia Demarais show their pride by wearing red.
- In Room 1, students watched a video showcasing sexism in Hollywood.
- Outside of Room 11, posters placed on the wall inform the community about International Women’s Day, the #DayWithoutAWoman movement and the Women’s March.
Aaron Calvert, who teaches Entrepreneurship for the Expeditions team, shares his views on gender equality and shows appreciation to the strong women in his life.
Lissa Thiele, who teaches a course on the Holocaust and genocide and a Sociology of Law course for the Expeditions Team, shares her knowledge about female partisans during the Holocaust.
Ms. Thiele continues her discussion of female resistance figures during the Holocaust.
Brooke Hein, who teaches a course called Food for Thought for the Expeditions Team, shares a personal anecdote about how she realized her privilege when she stayed in Mozambique during her time in the Peace Corps.
Featured Image (at the top of this post): Summit Prep seniors Stephany Flores, Alexandra Garcia, and Giselle Canseco dress in red to show their pride on International Women’s Day.
Summit Prep students seek to define feminism
By Darren C. D’avila
To honor International Women’s Day, students at Summit Preparatory Charter High School participated in workshops in order to add their voices to the discussion raised by the #IWD2017 #BeBoldforChange movement.
Melissa Bernstein, who teaches Wilderness for the Expeditions team, and Elizabeth DeOrnellas, who teaches Journalism and Creative Writing for the Expeditions team, facilitated a workshop on intersectional feminism. Presentation materials can be found here.
At the end of the workshop, students created signs showcasing their definition of feminism. Here’s a selection:
Summit Preparatory Charter High School celebrates International Women’s Day