After months of discussions and debates, Columbia University's Barnard College board of trustees has finally voted to include trans women. Barnard was founded as a school for women at a time when Columbia and other universities admitted only men. To this day, the college continues its mission to "provide generations of promising, high-achieving young women with an outstanding liberal arts education in a community where women lead." And today, Barnard has finally extended that promise to include all women, even those who have not yet been able to become "legally" women.Read Full Story
On Oct. 29, I joined the Columbia University "Carry That Weight" protest. As a Barnard student, I knew how much the entire university needed this demonstration that my classmates were organizing. In the drizzling rain, Columbia and Barnard students lugged several mattresses throughout the entire university and still had enough energy to protest loudly on Columbia's iconic Low Steps. Shouts and cheers echoed across the campus, and yet the rain almost drowned us out. But the mattresses kept standing, and my passionate classmates continued to speak. People say protests like these are geared toward giving people a voice, but it's actually about making other people listen. Emma Sulkowicz's protest, "Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight," proves that this deafness needs to end.Read Full Story
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