2016-02-06 / The Bullhorn

Gender equality club begins at RCS

By Carly Long
Bullhorn Reporter


Roxboro Community School FEM club founders and leaders Amber Long and Madison Fuller lead the first meeting this week. 
Photo by Carly Long Roxboro Community School FEM club founders and leaders Amber Long and Madison Fuller lead the first meeting this week. Photo by Carly Long A new club is entering the scene and stirring up controversy at RCS.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, was the first official meeting of the new RCS Female Empowerment Movement Club, or FEM for short. The club was started and is led by sophomores Amber Long and Madison Fuller. Overall, FEM’s goal is to promote gender equality and “to help people realize that feminists are not a hate group,” said Long.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the different definitions of “feminism” and why it is important were discussed. With both male and female members present, with ages ranging from sixth to 12th-grade, many voices and opinions were heard. Its members shared their experiences with gender inequality and discrimination.

Though some students do not agree with the club, co-founder Fuller hopes it will “spread the word about gender equality and open the minds of people in our school about the topic.”

The club also discussed plans to raise money to support nonprofit organizations that help women around the world gain educational opportunities.

“We want men and women to be treated fairly and not feel threatened by stereotypes,” said Long.

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