By Grace Aulisa and Rochelle Chin
Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst, celebrated International Women’s Day March 8 by honoring the women in our lives today and the women who have paved the way for us along the way.
To commemorate this special occasion, students dressed up in costumes representing the different ways women dressed throughout the decades. This showcased the evolution of women’s style from the 1950s through the 1980s.
We also celebrated this important day by displaying our appreciation for the women in our own lives such as our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends. Students wrote about a special woman in their life and why they admire her. The responses were then placed throughout the building to show our love and appreciation for these important women.
By celebrating International Women’s Day, we recognized the importance of learning more about the women who have made a difference in the world, as well as the women who have impacted us each and every day.
We also realized the significance of our school’s motto, ‘women who shape the future,’ as we were encouraged to go out into the world and leave our own mark, much like the women who came before us.
Flavor, Beauty and Intellect
Every morning, upon walking through the doors of my second home, I step into a building bursting with flavor, beauty and intellect.
As an all-girls school, we have ultimately cultivated a family out of such a diverse group of young women, each with unique qualities and talents, unified under the premise of becoming women who shape the future.
Although March 8 signifies the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, feminism shouldn’t just be commemorated on International Women’s Day, but instead, fiercely celebrated and consciously appreciated all year long.
Whether it’s honoring the special women in our lives in Italian Club or admiring women’s style through the decades through a dress down day, it’s vital that we embrace our roots and recognize the steps we have taken in the past to overcome discrimination and inequality.
Throughout the year, we are encouraged to embrace ourselves as young women while empowering each other, deepening our connection to our school’s values and fostering independence within.
As senior year comes to a close, I have faith that my peers will go above and beyond in whatever they pursue – some of us will grow up to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, mothers, athletes… the list goes on and on.
As Michelle Obama said, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
Aulisa and Chin are both seniors at Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst.