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Gender Equity Association January Update

The Gender Equity Association has been up to a great deal throughout January and December! December’s monthly theme was healthcare related to women, trans, and gender-nonconforming people. To kick off December we discussed the politicalization of abortion, and what we can do to further female reproductive justice in the United States. We watched the wonderful Netflix documentary, ‘Reversing Roe,’ and learned all about abortion access in the United States throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. It was certainly a very interesting time! We then met with a few representatives from the District about restructuring our health curriculum throughout Elementary, Middle, and High School to be more inclusive, accurate, and far less othering. These few meetings were great and we cannot wait for legitimate action to be taken at the District level! In addition, we conducted our annual Pad & Tampon drive, collecting money from students all across the school to raise money to provide menstrual products to impoverished people in the Madison community!

We also had some incredible guest speakers in December! A representative from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Association of Dane Country visited to speak about youth access to reproductive healthcare, and how we can get involved! We also had a speaker from Planned Parenthood come in and speak about what the organization does in particular, and how we can protect its funding. All were very helpful and productive conversations! 

In January, we are focussing on women and gender-nonconforming/trans people in politics! We will be taking trips down to the capital, lobbying, and hearing from our local representatives about what it is like to be a woman, trans, or person of color in politics! Interested in coming to our meetings? Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch in room 804! Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us at jmmgenderequity@gmail.com, or shoot an email to our Co-Presidents Maggie Di Sanza (mgdisanza@madison.k12.wi.us) or Melanie Golden (megolden@madison.k12.wi.us)! Can’t wait to see you there!

 

By Maggie Di Sanza

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