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What is EMPOWER? 

EMPOWER is the women’s studies student organization at Berry. Our organization exists to offer a place for students to feel comfortable addressing issues of discrimination whether based on gender, race, class, disability, or sexuality. Our goal is to empower our members and community to speak out against sexism and inequalities. We strive to achieve this goal through sponsoring events to raise awareness pertaining to issues such as sexual health, gendered violence, sexism in the media, and others. We also hold bi-weekly meetings where we discuss current gender issues in the news. EMPOWER welcomes ALL people, no matter what race, class, gender, political background, or sexual orientation. Come join us in being a part of the movement for equality!

EMPOWER meets every other Tuesday at 6:30pm in Krannert Underground!

For more information contact: Hannah Henderson (hannah.henderson@vikings.berry.edu).

Spring Meeting Dates:

January 28, February 11 (6:00pm), February 25 (6:00pm), March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22

* all meetings are at 6:30pm in Krannert 106 unless otherwise noted

Event Calendar:

Spring 2014

February 14: Sexual Health Valentines, 11am-1pm, Krannert Lobby

Join EMPOWER as they hand out sexual health valentines to educate students about sexual health on Valentine's Day!

February 24-28: Love Your Body Week, 11am-1pm, Krannert Lobby

EMPOWER will be celebrating Love Your Body Week with various activities to promote loving one's body at any shape and size! Activities will include creating love your body pins, eating FREE baked goods, and learning about how to combat the media's messages of body-hate!

March 20: F Word Panel, 6:00pm, Krannert 324, CE Credit

Do you believe in equality but find yourself resisting the label of "feminist?" EMPOWER's annual panel about the myths and stereotypes of feminism includes a faculty panel that will share their stories of their struggles and triumphs being feminists. Topics will include information about why stereotypes about feminism have formed and how our society treats those who call themselves feminists.

March 20: "This is what a Feminist Looks Like" Day, 11am-1pm, Krannert Lobby

EMPOWER's annual day of showing our feminist pride! EMPOWER will sell t-shirts to be worn on this day to demonstrate the diversity of feminists and feminism!

March 25: Women's Healthcare Expo, 11am-1pm, Krannert Ballroom A/B (CE Credit coming soon)

This event, co-sponsored with the WNS 412 Seminar class and EMPOWER, is an expo open to all students that will display information and resources related to women's health and well-being. There will be representatives from campus and the community who will showcase "stations" with information on topics such as healthy body image, reproductive health/contraceptives, sexual health, nutrition, exercise health, counseling, self-defense, mental health, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault awareness. Students will be able to take resources/information from specific stations and ask questions of the representatives. 

April 4-5: The Vagina Monologues, Krannert Underground, (CE Credit info coming soon)

     April 4, 10:00pm

     April 5, 8:00pm

Come watch EMPOWER's annual rendition of Eve Ensler's monologues about celebrating women and their struggles. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sexloverapemenstruation, female genital mutilation, birth, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is that the vagina is a tool of female empowerment and is the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Each monologue will be read by a student or faculty member. 

April 8: Equal Pay Day (more info coming soon)

For more information contact: Hannah Henderson (hannah.henderson@vikings.berry.edu).

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