Feminism Club anticipates new focus

Members make change in the community a priority


Carissa Prestholdt

Juniors Maddie Lind and Ally Feller share what they have planned for Feminism club this year. Their first meeting took place 8 a.m. Sept. 20 in B320 classroom.

Isabel Kjaer

As co-president of Feminism Club junior Allison Feller looks to the upcoming year, she said there are many issues that are often overlooked that can be discussed with peers.

“I feel like there’s a lot to talk about that lots of people don’t seem to acknowledge and there are a lot of problems in the world that need to be fixed and can be talked about,” Feller said.

According to Feller, contrasting opinions are welcome in the club as they give members an alternate perspective to consider.

“(I like) discussing the topics and having people who agree with me and having people who can bring up other things that I never thought about before,” Feller said.

Junior Feminism Club member Lauren Schmelzer said when she first joined this year, she had little exposure to the feminist movement, but she is looking forward to learning more about it.

“I didn’t really know much about feminism, so (I look forward to) learning new things about all the topics that they have to talk about,” Schmelzer said.

According to Feminism Club adviser Annamarie Wilfahrt, she is anticipating helping female students to understand feminism and to work for their rights and equality, just as she has done in the past.

“I 100 percent believe in equality across the board, females using their voice, and just from my own personal experiences where I’ve had to find my own voice, I want to inspire girls to stand up for what’s right and what’s theirs,” Wilfahrt said.

Feller said she and co-president Madison Lind have been trying to spread the word about the club through various social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, as well as through word of mouth.

“We created a couple social media platforms and tried to add people to those groups,” Feller said. “And then just telling friends about it and other people you think might be interested.”

According to Feller, the club hopes to take action in the community by volunteering and speaking with administration about controversial policies.

“We want to volunteer places too and get more people involved. Maybe make changes in the school too… (by) talking to the principal about the dress code and how it can be perceived as sexist,” Feller said.

Wilfahrt said she is preparing for intriguing group debates as well as volunteering opportunities and keeping up with the group.

“I’m excited for the group that gathered. There’s going to be some great discussions, they were talking about some volunteer activities,” Wilfahrt said. “I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing what’s all going on with the group.”

According to Schmelzer, it is vital that feminism and its true meaning is addressed by everyone in our community.

“It’s important that everyone recognizes the importance of feminism and it’s not giving women more rights than men, it’s giving everybody equal rights,” Schmelzer said. “I think that’s important.”

According to Feller, Feminism Club’s next meeting is 8 a.m. Oct. 4 in room B320 and it will meet every other Thursday after.