During the month of March, Loyola Academy celebrated Women’s History Month with a number of reflective activities and learning opportunities. This year’s special focus was “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” and Ramblers were encouraged to consider the impact of influential women in their lives.
The celebration of Women’s History Month kicked off with a bake sale hosted by Women Leaders of Loyola to benefit Well of Mercy, a Chicago-based organization that supports single-parent families through a residential program and resources for education and well-being. Women Leaders of Loyola also partnered up with Student Activities to launch an Instagram campaign in which featured posts highlighted notable women in various fields on the following schedule:
Motivation Monday featured uplifting quotes from inspiring women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey.
Women Wednesday focused on the lives and works of notable women including: Indira Ghandi (India’s first female Prime Minister), Amanda Gorman (the youngest Inaugural poet), Corretta Scott King (activist, author and civil rights activist) and Chloe Kim (the youngest woman to win gold in snowboarding).
Female Friday promoted businesses and organizations that are owned by women. The organizations highlighted included: Period, Girls Who Code and the Hidden Opponent. Each of these organizations is dedicated to providing women and mothers with resources for personal and professional development.
On Monday, March 7, Loyola's Philosophy Club held a discussion about the role of Women in Philosophy. "Women have, historically, played a background role in philosophy due to lack of opportunity to partake in discussions and succeed as philosophers," said Philosophy Club Co-President, Sophia Murphy '22. "Women provide a unique viewpoint due to many shared life experiences. For example, many caretaking roles are assigned to women. From this, women contribute what is called a 'philosophy of care,' one that often emphasizes the value of all people and aims to give voices to them".
On Monday, March 14, Student Council offered a special viewing of Hidden Figures (2016) starring Taraji P. Henson, who won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Katherine Johnson. The story follows African-American female mathematicians working for NASA and demonstrates how the work of women has, historically, been overshadowed. On Tuesday, March 15, Women Leaders of Loyola sponsored a panel featuring Loyola Academy alumnae discussing women in sports. “The girls really wanted to discuss a realm in which the stereotype is that men are more successful, so we landed on Women in Sports,” explained Executive Assistant to the President Ashley Sanks ’10, who moderates the Women Leaders of Loyola Club. Three alumnae served as guest speakers on the panel: Olga Gvozdenovic ’99, founder of OMG Basketball Academy, Katie Seeberg ’01, English teacher and track and field coach at Loyola Academy, and Mary Kate Herion ’14, marketing assistant at Big Ten Network. They discussed some of the difficulties they have faced as women working in sports and emphasized the importance of mentors for young women.
To close out a wonderful month-long celebration, on March 28 the Office of Student Activities offered Women’s History Trivia. The competition was hosted online, and Ramblers were able to test their knowledge on some of the historic contributions of women.