Eight Upper School students marked International Women’s Day in a very fitting way: participating in the SMU Women’s Symposium. This annual event is dedicated to celebrating women and discussing pertinent topics, among men and women of all ages and backgrounds.
The eight students (Gillian Campbell '18, Leta Flores, Paige Adams '20, Emily Delgado '20, Carly Weisberg '18, Taezja Phelan '19, Julia Beckel '18, Taylor Robertson '18) accompanied by Dr. Civello, Mrs. Mrozek, and Dr. Kaakaty, were excited to hear former Texas state senator Wendy Davis as the keynote speaker for this year’s conference. Many will know Davis for her 2013 filibuster fame in a Texas Senate meeting. The theme of the event this year was “My Body, Not Your Politics.”
“Wendy Davis' speech was equally inspiring as it was urgent; she encouraged the audience to take action and seek change,” explained Dr. Kaakaty. “Overall, it was an empowering event that addressed critical concerns in our society while motivating attendees to make a difference.”
After her talk, there were breakout sessions among the attendees on topics such as immigration, disability rights, and advocacy, and how these issues intersect with women's rights. What a suitable way to celebrate International Women’s Day!