Photograph of Jan-Vitaut Pecevich, Jessica O’Brien and Kaitlyn Vachon

By Samantha Rathbun

March is Women’s History Month and people all over the United States, including the students and faculty at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs), are coming together to reflect and to commemorate on the impacts that women have made throughout history. Just as it took nearly 70 years for women to gain the same rights as men, it took women nearly a decade for Congress to label the month of March as Women’s History Month. This is just one example of many that show the types of oppression women have had to face.

David Biggs, director of student life and co-curricular programs, stated “The contributions of women in America, as are the contributions of various populations are usually overlooked and deserve special attention.”

4Cs is hosting a few events in celebration of Women’s History Month. One of which was the showing of the movie Supergirl on March 20. This film followed the main character, Naomi, as she worked to keep her power-lifting title, all while sorting through the struggles of childhood.

This is not the only heroic documentary being shown in honor of strong women. On Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 PM in the Lorusso Applied Technology Building, there will be a showing of the film Wonder Woman! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. The film showcases the development of the well-known superheroine, Wonder Woman, while also following the stories of women in society that can be dubbed as “real-life superheroines.”

“We will offer an opportunity to have a discussion after the film,” said Biggs, who is also in charge of premiering these documentaries.

This discussion will allow students to connect the information in the film to other instances in life, as well as apply their critical thinking and reasoning skills to recognize the impact women have on society.

The White Ribbon Day Observance which took place on March 21 was another event that was held in honor of women’s history. This event gave students the chance to make this pledge: “From this day forwards, I promise to be a part of the solution in ending violence against women and all gender-based violence.”

“It is unfortunate that we have to ‘designate special months’ to [acknowledge women]” said Biggs. “But if it educates, illuminates and sparks an interest in students to research further, then it is worth the effort.”

Kaitlyn Vachon, a student at 4Cs, said, “I believe that everyday women do amazing things and that we should have more women out there in good, hardworking jobs.”

Other students and professors also believe that women’s leadership should have a larger role in today’s society.

Judith Andersen, a mathematics professor at 4Cs explained her views on women leaders in America.

“I think women’s leadership can be very strong if they don’t try to be men. If they just try to be women and lead,” said Anderson.

“Generally speaking, we need more women’s leadership,” said 4Cs student Brian Cornet. “There should be women leaders just as there are men leaders and as of now, the balance is not where it needs to be, and has never been.”

Although there are only a few events on campus that help to celebrate Women’s History Month, students are encouraged to take just a few moments on their own to recognize the positive impact that women have made on the world.