“I Need Feminism” Exhibition hosted by Omega Phi Beta
The exhibition formed part of their ‘Week of Illumination” which is entitled to host educational programs for the university community, teaching on the organization’s national philanthropy.
This time around, the sisters of OPB decided to focus on feminism from both the male and female aspect.
“We chose feminism as our week’s title to address both sexes and genders. We usually focus only on the empowerment of women,” said Carol Cabrera, a current senior at the university and member of the organization since Spring 2011.
“We got the idea of this exhibition from our sisters in South Carolina, who said they’d be more than honored to have this exhibition spread across coasts,” said Cabrera.
The exhibition was full of pictures of students from the University with signs that stated their personal reasons as to why they need feminism in their lives.
It was created to promote female empowerment from different perspectives, kind of feed into the double standards topic.
When asked if considered a feminist, Sylvia Ortega, a UAlbany Alumnae and sister of OPB says she definitely is a feminist.
She said anyone supporting the empowerment of women, or even just educated on women empowerment can consider themselves a feminist.
“It’s just a matter of educating yourself” said Sylvia.
The exhibition had a turn out of almost 40 or more students, where they got the chance to walk around and see their own pictures, mingle with the sisters and peers, where refreshments and food were served from Chipotle Mexican Grill.
“We feel like we reached out to a very controversial topic that feminism is, and provided our university community with different points of view on it,” Cabrera stated at the end of the interview with the sisters.
The sisters expressed that through the support of more programs like “I Need Feminism”, the university is able to see the organization’s mission.