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GC WOMEN’S CENTER Inside This Issue: The War on Women............1 The Hunger Games Book Review....................................2 Past Events...........................3 Groups & Services..............4

HER STORY

SPRING 2012

The Women’s Center was originated in 2003 by two students as part of a class project. The WC has undergone several growth stages, from being staffed by an intern, to a graduate assistant, to a regular staff position within the Division of Student Affairs. By the 2007-2008 academic year, the center had grown to house over 30 programs a year, 74 volunteers, and provide the campus and community with nearly 900 service hours. Students had a passion for women’s issues on campus and decided that they were going to make a difference. The legacy they left us is the Women’s Center. What will your legacy be?

MISSION

The mission of the Women’s Center is to promote a Georgia College community that is safe, equitable, and supportive for women and that celebrates their experiences, achievements, and diversity through education, leadership, support, empowerment, and advocacy.

THE WAR ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS

By Noelle Brooks

Under the guise of political ideals and religious interests, women are losing the precious ground that it took centuries to gain. After the numerous marches, protests and rallies that feminist predecessors have accomplished, the countless inequities and injustices that they have endured, it seems that all their progress could soon be undone depending on who is elected to office. Women’s fundamental right to control her body has become the bargaining chip to satisfy others’ agendas and unless women prepare themselves for the battle, a revitalization of the 1950s is inevitable. Even after landmark decisions such as Rowe v Wade, women have had to remain vigilant guardians of their womb. Religious organizations have long been proponents against vrious reproductive health initiatives such as Planned Parenthood based on the idea of perserving t-

he sanctity of life. Many often focus on abortion, although thisis only a small part of the services that are offereed and isee such initiatives as simply a supporter killing the innocent lives of unborn children. There has also been a long standing concern that by providing women a means to prevent pregnancy, this consequence of sex is alleviated and women, being fickle, irrational creatures, will inevitably have sex indiscriminately. Of course, this in turn leads to a complete breakdown of morals and family values in America since women are too busy “getting busy” and are unable to fulfill their role as caretaker and nurturer. There seems to be some truth to this. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of single parent homes has risen significantly over the past forty years, and as of 2009, 24%

of children under 18 live in poverty. These numbers do certainlypaint a picture of a country in trouble. Statistics aside, a brief look at the political campaign seems to support this need to control women’s wombs as well. . War on Women, continued pg 2

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SPRING 2012 1 The War on Women............1 The Hunger Games Book Review....................................2 Past Events......................

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