It is hard to believe that, in less than one month, I will be working my final shift at the Women’s Center. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work at the Center for the past two years, as well as for the opportunity to work at the Survivor Advocacy Program for a year.
I have learned a lot during my time with the Women’s Center and OUSAP. Through my job responsibilities, I gained invaluable experience in terms of publication design, social media outreach, event planning, and more. I also advanced my knowledge of women’s issues, including what work still needs to be done to advance women’s lives and positions worldwide.
However, I have learned a lot about myself during my time being involved with the Center, too. Because of the many strong, inspiring women that I have come into contact with over the past three years, I have grown into a more confident young woman and a more active feminist.
While it is difficult to summarize how impactful my time with the Women’s Center and OUSAP has been, here are ten of the most important things I have learned over the past three years:
- Sexual assault is NEVER the victim’s fault.
- Anyone can identify as a feminist, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
- Many people are afraid of the word feminist.
- The number of people, groups, and events on campus that work to raise awareness of gender issues, empower women, and support survivors is astounding.
- Despite popular belief, some men can actually walk very well in heels, as evidenced by Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.
- The copy machine on the third floor of Baker Center is definitely not your friend.
- Doing dating-like things is an acceptable way to define a relationship to your coworkers.
- The commitment to the mission of the Women’s Center extends beyond your time in Baker 403.
- You really can be best friends with your coworkers.
- Feminists have more fun 😉
By: Lindsey Spanner