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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts First Annual Feminist Festival

Loyola press release - March 4, 2016

Festival coincides with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Tuesday March 8

Loyola University New Orleans Women’s Resource Center is hosting the first annual Feminist Festival (March 1-11, 2016) to celebrate the resilience and revival of feminism. The festival’s purpose is to inspire the Loyola and the larger New Orleans community to advance gender equity in general and to support the empowerment of all women through educational, artistic, and spiritual expressions, through leadership experience, and through feminist networking opportunities. The festival is presented by the Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Program and will be held on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. All events are free and open to the public.

“The Feminist Festival is a celebration of how far feminism has come and a conversation about the challenges and obstacles we still face and how to overcome them,” said Patricia Boyett, director of the Women’s Resource Center.

The festival includes a networking lunch for women in business, an art show, an interfaith prayer vigil, panel discussions, a STEM demonstration by Electric Girls, a program that develops girls into confident leaders and role models in technology by creating a community where girls learn from each other.

In the spirit of inclusiveness and diversity, the festival will focus on the intersectionality of gender and other ascribed racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and sexual identities that are subject to discrimination, Boyett said in a statement. So too it will welcome men as allies to the movement.

The festival will celebrate the resilience and successes of feminist struggles, particularly the diversity of feminism in the 21st century, while also exploring the remaining challenges to gender equity.

In the Jesuit tradition at Loyola, the festival will advance diversity and inclusiveness by bringing together persons from diverse demographics and from diverse fields across New Orleans to collaborate on projects, to engage in critical thinking through community dialogue and educational seminars, to honor women and allies, to seek social justice, and to empower the oppressed.