Coordinated by the Office of Student Leadership and Service, Meredith College students took a trip to Washington, D.C., over spring break for the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and understanding of the history and current state of women’s rights in the U.S. and around the world.
Students met with women from the National Women’s Party to learn about the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and toured the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.
During the trip, students visited the headquarters of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where they learned about the organization and their work toward promoting policies that help women break through educational and economic barriers. They also participated in a salary negotiation workshop.
Students had the opportunity to take an illuminated tour of the nation’s capital, and visit the Capitol Building, Ford’s Theatre, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and several museums in the Smithsonian Institution.
Yesenia Anorve-Basoria, ’19, was among the students who participated in the trip. “This opportunity opened up the doors to meet friends who share a passion of creating equality among women,” Anorve-Basoria said. “Seeing our history and our progression makes me realize that we have to fight every day by advocating for one another and talking about issues that affect all women.”
The trip was made possible by an endowment established by Carol Sloan, ’75, and her husband O. Temple Sloan, honorary co-chair of the Meredith College Beyond Strong Campaign Steering Committee.