Ball State students reflect on what women’s history means to them

“Definitely full of empowerment,” is how freshman social work major Gracie Seago describes Women’s History Month as a Ball State student. March is a month some students feel is made for recognition, reflection and appreciation of the contributions women have made to society.

In the workplace, Seago feels equality still hasn’t been attained in 2021.

“A lot of women’s fields don’t get enough recognition,” she said. 

Seago said her grandma was a role model for her when she was younger, especially because of her grandmother’s work ethic.

“My grandma worked three jobs, so she was a big role model to me because she showed me that women don’t always have to work in the house,” she said.

As Seago plans to pursue a career in a field she said is female-dominated, she still wants to spread the message of empowerment.

“[My grandma] taught me you don’t always have to please everyone,” she said. “But instead, please yourself.”

Baylee Myers, freshman secondary English education major, takes time during Women’s History Month to appreciate the women who sculpted her into who she is today.

“I grew up just really embracing my womanhood,” she said.

Myers described her childhood as one that was surrounded by positive role models, like her mother and aunts. With their help, in addition to transitioning into college, Myers said she has become more informed and engaged than she was when she was younger.

“I try to educate myself on so many different things, stuff to do with civil justice, in addition to women’s history [since] it directly affects me,” she said.

Currently, Myers is making an effort to ensure Ball State’s campus is a safer place for women by working to decrease instances of sexual assault and harassment. 

“By reaching out to people I know about the statistics and actual facts on the matter, people will start to look at this as a serious situation and a learning experience,” Myers said. 

During Women’s History Month, Myers said she is also thankful to be a part of the Delta Zeta sorority at Ball State. 

“The sisterhood is real,” she said. “You can feel it.”

Contact Grace Bentkowski with comments at gmbentkowski@bsu.edu or on Twitter @gbentkowski.

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