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“I Need Feminism” Exhibition hosted by Omega Phi Beta

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By Paola E. Brito
Contributing Writer
artsent.asp@gmail.com
 
On Thursday evening of March 7, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated hosted an exhibition titled “I Need Feminisim” at the University at Albany .

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.

 

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