Women's March Chapter for the College of Wooster

A Peacemaking Project by Alexandra P.

What is the injustice we are solving?

We are addressing issues of gender inequality and establishing clarity about intersectional feminism.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Gender inequality
we will address systemic and historical suppression and ignoring of women of all races, sexual orientations, careers, socioeconomic status, and religion by the patriarchy.
by holding community events to educate and empower all women

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • To raise voter registration
  • Provide access and knowledge about the crucial act of voting by giving channels and ways to be informed citizens and voters
  • Hold events that are feminism centric and bring awareness to our cause
  • Holding or suggesting self care observation

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Knowing that we are supporting and fighting for women. We do this by empowering and fighting for equality. We also increase compassion by helping others find their voice in activism and bringing awareness to self care.

How will you show courage?

We will show courage by standing up to the societal infrastructures created to restrict and silence women. This is an exhausting and many times, frustrating task due to the resistance many chauvenistic and sexist people have. The act of standing up for what you believe in in the face of resistance takes alot of courage and wherewithal.

How will you collaborate with others?

This project is founded by three strong and supportive women who are unified by a common set of principles and want to share these objectives and goals with the college and surrounding communities.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

We will know we are moving in the right direction because we have a set of principles that guide our actions and decisions. By referring back to these principles, we will remain on course.

Key Steps

  • We will create a grass roots organization on the college campus
  • Register voters
  • Holding events, rallies, demonstrations, and meetings to spread awareness and activism for gender equality

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

We heard so many stories from women that helped us feel empowered but also allowed us to hone in on the societal issues we want to educate about.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

We began a much needed group on our campus that became a safe space and empowering community for the women on our campus. We made outreach and provided education to community members.

How many people were impacted by your project?

350

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

The amount of students in the group and the amount of people we did talks in front of.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

By hearing stories, developing action plans, and doing research on societal and systemic misogyny.

What did your team learn?

We learned that educating about intersectional feminism and breaking down barriers is not easy work. That the issues that exist will take more than just our group and more than a semester to heal from and grow from. But we provided individuals tools and support to hopefully support their own activism.

What challenges did your team overcome?

Lack of time.. all of the students in this team were graduating seniors so we were very busy but managed to make time. We also overcame being a brand new organization on campus.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

We have nominated 2 new individuals to head up the organization for the upcoming year.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

Bs consistent with the reasons you started your project, be diligent in the work you do, and never lose hope that you are doing good, valuable work.

Comments:

Clare W.
8 June 2018 10:36

Hi Alexandra!

We're checking in because you haven't submitted your reflection yet. Reflections were due on May 31 as a part of your mini-grant award. Please submit your reflection as soon as you can. We're looking forward to hearing about how your project went!

Clare  

Kelsey T.
2 February 2018 16:01

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below

Strengths:
Thanks for your work on this critical injustice -- we are delighted to have you as part of the community. You've done a great job of identifying a strategy for grassroots organizing and voter registration and seeing how that work is linked to greater problems of gender inequity. I love that you have thought to include self care observation as part of your project -- this is such an important element of standing up against injustice in a sustainable way and it is great that you want to incorporate that into your strategy! I also commend your focus on intersectionality in this work.

Things to Consider:
I'd encourage you to explore how to get a bit more specific about the injustice and root cause you want to work on. Which root cause of the systemic suppression of women are you choosing to focus on with this project and how do you see your community events as a response to that specific root cause? You may find that by getting even more specific you are better able to advocate for your cause and bring other people into the work (perhaps each event could focus on a different element you have identified as part of the larger project, for example). Our Women's March Empower toolkit can help you dive deeper as you continue to plan and refine your project.
I'm also curious about how you can collaborate with other groups -- on and off campus.
I'd love to hear more about how you will structure your different events and gatherings -- and how we can help!

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
 

Alexandra P.
30 January 2018 15:21

Appreciate that, I'll let you know!  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
30 January 2018 14:13

Hi Alexandra, that sounds great! Love those ideas. Let me know if you have any questions or if we can help support this!  

Alexandra P.
29 January 2018 10:16

They will focus on bringing people out to engage in activism that results in garnering attention from lawmakers and individuals feeling empowered to vote and get educated about gender inequality. I've applied for a mini-grant and am waiting for hear back! Thanks!  

Fish S.
25 January 2018 12:19

Alexandra, that sounds great! What will the demonstrations and rallies focus on? Can we help with funding or connecting you with mentors?  

Alexandra P.
24 January 2018 13:58

We plan on conducting a few demonstrations and rallies for the campus and surrounding community.  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
15 January 2018 13:52

Sounds awesome, Alexandra! What are your chapter's plans for this spring, and how can we help?