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International Women’s Day Posters

Important figures in the fight for equality.

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The halls of Rye High School are filled with posters commemorating the greatest among us who have stood for equality and broken down barriers across all professions and educational fields.

Poster of Kara Walker

The Gender Equality Club and the Be The Change Club came together for this very special project to help commemorate International Women’s Day, celebrated each year on March 8. Gender Equality Club Co-President Paige Carlisle, who helped plan the project, said,“ It was really exciting and educational to see all of these posters of so many different fields of women and men activists who are so often overlooked.”

Poster of Margret Atwood

The posters around the school highlight men and women, representing a cross-section of society and a range of professions, who have advocated for equality. They include modern-day activists — such as Ellen Degeneres, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey — as well as historical figures — such as Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace, Martin Luther King Jr, and Harvey Milk. Junior Caroline McCormack said, “I still remember being inspired by biographies of Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy when I was in 5th Grade. I hope that these posters can inspire people in the same way.”

Students from Be the Change and Gender Equality who put up the posters.

The entire month of March is Women’s History Month, celebrating the important role that women have played in history and the tremendous struggles undertaken by women in the fight for equality.

This year Women’s History Month is even more poignant due to the many events that have occurred over the past few months including the “Me-Too” and “Time’s up” movements. Finally, after years in the shadows, women are telling their stories and offering their support for each other. Junior Iman Syed said, “ This year has been a great year for the empowerment of women. I am so glad that we are hanging up these posters of people who have made great contributions to society but haven’t been equally represented.”

So, as you go about your day today, be sure to look out for the posters and remember all the groundbreaking people who have and continue to courageously fight for equality.

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