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Equality Ignites on Loyola’s Campus

Loyola University Chicago’s Women’s Day conference kick-off brought musicians, poets, actors and organizations to the Damen Den stage March 22 to prepare for the all-day event on Sunday.

Emma Highland assures the crowd that her and her guitarist, Nick Petrus, practiced hours ago.

Singer Emma Highland assures the crowd that her and her guitarist, Nick Petrus, practiced hours ago.

Drag queen Kahmora Hall pumped the crowd up with a dance routine to Labelle’s “Voulez-vous Coucher Avec Moi?” and was followed by musical performances from the AcaFellas and The Sillouetes. Taylor Teftt, a 21-year-old sociology major, performed a spoken word about how privileged people view feminism.

“If you believe in any form of humanity, you have a responsibility to wake up. Do better,” said Teftt at the kick-off event.

The conference, a year in the making, was a collaboration between Feminist Forum, BROAD magazine and Women in Science and Math. To advertise for the event, the Facebook page released more than 30 pictures throughout the month that featured Loyola-affiliated people and a sentence on why they celebrate women.

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Women’s Day conference planning committee includes (from left to right) Sabrina Minhas, Abbey Casagrande, Bee Bee Becks, Rebecca Wang, Emma Highland, Amanda Koenig and Curtis Main (not featured: Mandy Keelor).

On March 23, the conference will offer students more than 30 different sessions to attend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Damen Student Center and Cuneo Hall. The workshops are divided into four different groups: race, spiritual journey, gender and Rambler. The sessions will cover topics from wiki activism and fraternity myths to sexist language and female veterans.

The next step for feminism on campus? The We for She campaign, which launched Feb. 6, is asking previous participants to wear their free T-shirts they received at the campaign to celebrate “Feminist Friday” on March 27. The movement hopes to engage Loyola Weekend prospective students in a dialogue about feminism, according to its Facebook page.

To find out more about the Women’s Day conference, watch the video below provided by lucwomensday.com.

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