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Organization Spotlight: Voices for Women

Interview with V4W Co-President Kimberly Hambright ’11.

When was Voices for Women created and for what purpose?

KH: It was originally started by four students in 1992 to promote equality and female empowerment on campus. The group was revitalized in 2005 as The Sexual Misconduct Task Force, but has since re-adopted the name Voices for Women.

What does Voices for Women do to contribute to Rollins and its campus?

KH: This year, Voices for Women celebrated Love Your Body Day by hosting a potluck discussion and an eating disorder panel. At the end of March, we will be hosting a smorgasbord of events for V-Week, including a tent city, breast casting, a performance of The Vagina Monologues, and a Take Back the Night march. We put on feminist movie nights and partner with other OMA (Office of Multicultural Affairs) organizations to promote awareness of social injustice and encourage equality and acceptance of all people.

How many members are in the organization?

KH: We have about 20 active members.

What is one of the most memorable things Voices for Women has done?

KH: We are very proud to say that alongside the Women’s Studies Department, we fought for and received a women’s center for the Rollins community, the Lucy Cross Center for Women and their Allies.

How can other people get involved with the organization?

KH: The easiest way to get involved is to come to one of our meetings, held Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in Orlando 113.

What is the goal Voices for Women is trying to achieve?

KH: Voices for Women is striving to make the campus a safe and welcoming place for everyone, with a specific interest in supporting women and other marginalized groups.

Finally, what is one random fact about Voices for Women that most people don’t know?

KH: People are generally surprised to hear that we have male members. Well, we have them and we love them! Regardless of sex, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity or religion, all people can be feminists, and we welcome everyone who supports equality.

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