By Jada Butler
Students can celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on Thursday, March 7 with a presentation about the history of the holiday and women’s empowerment.
The event is organized by Jacqueline Duncan, a sophomore business management major, and is sponsored by The Body Shop, a British cosmetics, skin care and perfume company. Duncan is a student ambassador of The Body Shop, a role she took on in August 2018.
Along with a presentation of a timeline of successful and influential women throughout history, there will be free giveaways of sample products from The Body Shop. Students can also enter a free raffle for a chance to win a gift basket full of a range of beauty and care products. The Body Shop has lines of womens and mens cosmetics, so the basket can be altered depending on the winner of the raffle.
The event features guest speakers Lynne Schwartz, director of the Center for Healthy Living, and Dr. Jennifer Rogers-Brown, associate professor of sociology.
Brown said she looks forward to engaging with students. “I plan on talking a bit about the history of International Women’s Day and what it means today. I’m interested in connecting it more to students and how it affects them today,” Brown said.
“I think that this day is not only going to make women appreciate the strength and resilience of women as a whole throughout history, I think it’s going to make them realize how far we’ve come and still how far we have to go,” Duncan said.
The International Women’s Day event will take place in the End Zone on Thursday, March 7, during common hour. The event is free entry, and will also have free pizza and refreshments.