The History of Womxn in Pants

Pants. I was two points away from receiving the 1st place trophy from a local Congressional debate tournament. The reason I missed those two crucial points was because a judge marked me down for wearing pants. This infuriated me. I could understand if my logic was unclear or if I was speaking too quickly during the round, but my attire was professional—I stole it from my mom’s professional closet. That is when it became distinctly clear to me that the judge demeaned my persuasive skills because of who I am: a womxn. He wanted me to wear a skirt, instead of pants--and that made all the difference. Pants are still a controversial article of clothing for womxn since it exudes masculine power.

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Reaching Out, Reaching Up: High School Outreach with Ceiba Prep

Our mission for IGNITE at UC Davis is to empower young womxn to become civically engaged in their communities and ultimately pursue positions of leaderships. In doing so, last quarter we had the wonderful opportunity to engage in high school outreach with students from Ceiba Preparatory High School, a charter school located in Watsonville, CA. The majority of the young womxn were Latinx and several of them were part of their school’s womxn’s empowerment club, which they recently established. It was extremely inspiring to see how driven they were in taking initiative within their own high school by addressing the need to challenge patriarchy and create a safe space for girls to uplift and support one another.

 

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IGNITE told me I can

I remember the first IGNITE at UC Davis meeting I ever attended. Rachel Michelin, the Executive Director and CEO of California Women Lead, was the guest speaker in a crowded room of young women in Wellman Hall. This was the first time of many to follow that I heard the phrase “Men decide to run for elected office, but women wait to be asked.” I snapped my fingers, echoed by others in the crowd, and for one of the first times at UC Davis, I didn’t feel alone.

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IGNITE at UC Davis Fall 2016: Education

 

Know Your Election 101 Workshop
October 18, 2016

 


Many students are unaware that there are local and state elections happening outside of the presidential election, let alone that there are 17 propositions to vote for in the state of California. Thus, our first workshop for the quarter was on the 2016 United States Elections. Facilitated by the Graphic Design Chair, Nangha Cuadros, community members learned about the elections outside of the presidential election. This election season entailed individuals running for seats in the Senate, House of Representatives and California Legislature. California voters also had to vote yes or no on various propositions on issues regarding the legality of the death penalty to condom usage in adult films. To help members remember the propositions, Nangha transformed the learning experience into a “Pictionary” game.

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