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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

International Women’s Day Celebration at Wyoming High School

International Women’s Day’s first recorded gathering was in 1911 when over one million Europeans gathered to campaign for women’s equality. This March 8 women and men from across the globe gathered together for the 108th year of celebrations to recognize the cultural, social, economic, and political achievements of women. What was new this year? Wyoming High School held their first celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) right in our community. 

The guests were split into various groups to have smaller group conversations about the movie and this discussion group had a lot to say. 
The Women’s Equality Club is an open membership organization at Wyoming High School. In wanting to find a great way to recognize IWD, the group brainstormed the idea of hosting a family friendly movie night at Pendery Center. The evening started with the opportunity to peruse various local organizations at booths in the lobby, including GLSEN, which champions LGBTQ issues in education, and Freeset USA, which strives for freedom from oppression, freedom from poverty, and freedom from exploitation – by selling clothing, handbags, and more created by women in India (please visit for much more information). After the guests had a chance to visit the booths, the club showed the movie Hidden Figures based on the true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the 1960s: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Over 100 guests attended in this inaugural event – a blend of families, students, teachers, and community members. Nearly half of the crowd stayed after the film and broke into thoughtful discussion groups to further enhance the IWD experience.

The lobby was filled with booths and inspiring posters promoting women’s equality.
Congratulations to the students and teachers supporting this first-time event.

The Women’s Equality Club t-shirt design for 2019 shared a quote from MalalaYousafzai. 

The Women’s Equality Club of Wyoming High School hosted a movie night and discussion on International Women’s Day, left to right at the club co-leaders: Molly, Jenny, Lila, Katherine, and Annie.

There were lots of students who opted to stay for the discussion groups after watching the movie Hidden Figures.

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