Student associations celebrate International Women’s Day

The Working Women’s Network and the Women’s Network at Yale each held events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Alessia Degraeve

12:02 a.m., March 10, 2022

Staff reporter

Yale News

International Women’s Day, which took place on Tuesday, was marked by celebrations organized by the Working Women’s Network and the Women’s Network at Yale.

A number of established women’s groups on campus celebrated International Women’s Day, hosting events ranging from a social media campaign led by the Women’s Working Network, or WWN, to a movie night led by the Women’s Network at Yale, or TWN. The campus events echoed the #BreakingTheBias theme of International Women’s Day, which seeks to acknowledge the conscious and unconscious biases that hold women back from advancing in their careers compared to their male counterparts.

“It’s disheartening to think that women are unequal in society and at work, but the truth is that since 2012 we’ve gone from 77 cents on the dollar a man with a similar education earns to 88 cents on the dollar. dollar,” said WWN co-chair Stacey Bonet, who is also assistant to the president at the Yale School of Public Health. This number is lower for non-white women, with black women earning an average of 63 cents and Latina women earning an average of 55 cents per dollar. “We try in everything we do, today and throughout the year, to educate and encourage all women at this university and in our communities to support each other and overcome these barriers to our success. and our equality.”

The WWN is an all-volunteer group of women who work to organize advocacy and community-building events, in addition to their respective jobs at the University.

WWN Social Media Manager Nikita Tillman has created #BalanceForBetter printable cards, which can be used in photos via social media posts to show individuals’ commitment to creating a balanced workforce across sexes. Examples of social media cards include phrases such as “We will maintain a mindset of gender parity” and “I will help forge a more gender balanced world”.

Tillman explained that due to COVID-19, the need to advocate for International Women’s Day celebrations through social media has become more important than ever.

“[Social media] empowers me to empower, provide support and stay in female solidarity with amazing women around the world and motivates us to continue to seek progress, equal pay and equity at all levels” , Tillman said.

Via email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Tillman invited WWN affiliates to share #BreakTheBias images, videos, resources and social media to encourage people to pledge to “help shape an inclusive world.” “.

These efforts by WWN are part of the International Women’s Network’s national social media campaign. The international section of the women’s network encouraged women to share selfies of people crossing their arms, striking an “X” pose on social media to show their solidarity with each other.

“With everyone transitioning to be back in person and dealing with this change, our goal was really to facilitate mutual support for women in our community and women around the world,” Bonet said.

On campus, the Yale Women’s Network hosted a movie night to foster a sense of community among women on International Women’s Day. TWN President Lauren Potter ’22 says the group performs ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ because it speaks to the importance of hard work, ambition and self-belief – values ​​embodied by the Women’s Network.

Potter recognized the importance of hosting virtual and in-person events to maintain and build a sense of female community at the University, adding that TWN is hosting a New Haven Women-Owned Business Sale and a “Let’s Chat” guided towards confidence and self-advocacy as part of its larger celebrations of Women’s History Month.

“I would love to see more in-person activities on campus to recognize this important time to celebrate women,” Potter said.

At the university level, there were also various in-person events that specifically highlighted International Women’s Day.

In an email to the News, Vice President of University Life at Yale Kimberly Goff-Crews ’83 LAW ’86 stressed the importance of celebrating women’s contributions to the University throughout the year, and not just on a specific day or month.

On International Women’s Day, the University created “My Story,” a new discussion series centered on sharing the stories of Yale community members and their journeys.

“The intention of the ‘My Story’ series, which launched today, is to amplify the voices of members of our community – to celebrate the many unique perspectives and experiences that contribute to a vibrant and excellent Yale and to learn from each other,” says Goff-Crews.

The discussion series is organized in conjunction with Belonging at Yale, a designated university effort for inclusion, diversity, and equality. Goff-Crews, who hosted the talk series, explained the event was not intentionally timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, but said it was a “happy coincidence” that the two would meet. overlap.

International Equal Pay Day for Women is March 15.


Alessia Degraeve covers student culture. Originally from Miami, Florida, she is a freshman at Saybrook College. She is both a student of English and philosophy.