By Kristen Magers
When I first walked into the Ohio University Women’s Center, I was so nervous! Even though I was a senior, I had never really found a niche within OU and I was hoping that volunteering at the center would help me with this feeling. The experience that I found at the Women’s Center was beyond anything I ever could have imagined. I am so sad to now be leaving this home I have found at the center but I am so thankful for the experiences I have had.
Over the past year, I have been thrown into the work and advocacy of the Women’s Center. The fall started with the amazing experience of watching nearly 100 guys walk a mile in high heels, taking a stance against sexual assault. Toward the end of winter, I got to experience International Women’s Day, where I celebrated with women of many cultures and diverse backgrounds. The day was something I will never forget. This spring, I got to put my own feminism into action by working on Equal Pay Day. I researched the wage gap and then educated others on this gap. I led that week’s Brown Bag Lunch and Learn and was able to talk to many women about this problem. Leading that brown bag was something I could have never done before coming to the Women’s Center, but in my work here, I found new strength I didn’t know I had.
The experiences aren’t the only thing that I will take away from the Women’s Center. I also got to know some of the greatest people I will ever know. Over the past six months, I have made friendships with women that I hope will carry on for the rest of our lives. I also found amazing mentors whose guidance I cherish and I am sure I will always come to them for advice. I am really going to miss the OU Women’s Center, and I will carry it (and those purple pens) everywhere I go in the future (which is TBA…).