Loyola University Chicago’s We for She campaign launched Friday, attracting more than 700 students to the Damen Student Center MPR, according to its Facebook page.
University organizations such as Loyola Coalition for the Homeless, Amnesty International, Global Brigades and AGAPE Ecclesia united to offer students a feminist organization fair and support the campaign’s commitment to bring gender equality issues to light. Each organization covered a different feminist topic and rehearsed a one-minute lesson to give participants. Students who attended five tables received a free We for She T-shirt.
Loyola’s a cappella groups, the AcaFellas and The Silhouettes, performed songs such as “My Girl” by The Temptations and Death Cab for a Cutie’s “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark” to the jam-packed crowd.
The event was inspired by the HeForShe campaign, a movement that encourages men to participate in feminist discussions, which launched in September 2013 and is backed by U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson.
Madison Springhetti, a member of The Woman’s Project that helped organize the event, said there will be more We for She events at Loyola in the future.
“Right now, that was our kick-off event [and] that was step one,” said Springhtetti, 19. “We were so focused on step one that we’re still working on step two, step three, step four.”