March 29 marked the end of the Western’s Women’s History Month events and it ended with an extremely solemn awareness about the economic violence happening today.
Geographical scholar Christa Smith came to Western discussing her work for homelessness. She specifically studied how homeless population faired in the U.S. and showed how the results.
The discussion for the big closeout event for Women’s History Month was related because a small part of the solution for homelessness shows economic violence towards both men, women and even children. While it does impact all the previously listed, the impact is exponentially larger on the children and the women.
Western junior Heather Scott attended the “Living on the Edge: Tiny House Homeless Communities in America” lecture event and explained her thoughts on the month’s events overall.
“I thought overall it went really well and the theme that was chosen for Women’s History Month was incredibly relevant because violence against women knows no boundaries of wealth, race or geography,” Scott said. “As a society, we often don’t take into consideration that there is such a broad spectrum of violence that is used against women, from racial violence to environmental violence to online violence to economic violence. A real effort was made to cover it all this month in the variety of programs that were offered.”
After the event, Scott explained her thoughts in reference to the movement and topic beforehand.
“I was surprised by the lack of relief that the ‘Tiny House’ movement offers women and children in regards to homelessness,” Scott said. “The majority of the communities that have been established do not allow children and very few if any, women lived in them with many of them being considered high risk for women to even enter into the community.”
Western Political Science professor and Women’s History Month faculty sponsor Melinda Kovacs revealed her thoughts on the women’s events held in March.
“I think it went really, really well, because we had a whole lot more events that I expected we would have, which was really, very affirming and wonderful that there are a lot of people and a lot of groups and a lot of entities around campus who want to be involved at this point,” Kovacs said. “I’m still the one who comes up with the theme, but I think that the ‘buy-in’ across campus has increased significantly.”
Scott explained who she believed benefited from the entirety of Western’s Women’s History Month.
“I would hope that men and women would both be impacted by the theme of the Women’s History Month programs that were offered,” said Scott. “We all have a role to play in ending violence towards women. The programs that were offered this month not only included education but resources to help fight it. As long as violence towards women continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality.”