The Empower Club
By Leilani Lucas
In 1919, women gained the right to vote. Since then, women have gained more ground for equal rights, and the fight continues today, especially in Rossview High School. Late last year, history teacher Mrs. Stacie Dunn helped students found our first club to fight for equality for all, the Empower club. The club will meet one Monday a month until 3:00, beginning on September 30. Be there if you want to help Rossview’s own fight for equality for all!
What is the purpose of the Empower Club at Rossview High?
“The Empower Club strives to unite the students of Rossview High through their differences, and to provide an opportunity to have free discussion about the treatment of groups or individuals.” - Sierra Milard
When will the Empower Club meet?
“The club has yet to determine dates for when we will meet, however, meetings will be held once a month. Listen to the announcements at the beginning and end of the day for the meeting dates.” - Sierra Milard & Kate Hemphill
What do you do at the Empower Club meetings?
“During the Empower Club meetings, members will discuss how different groups of people are treated in politics, society, etc. Discussions include topics like the wage gap, racial inequalities, racism, etc. A debate could take place, depending on the meeting. A topic would be provided by the officers at the start of the meeting, but the topic could be changed if the majority of members wish to talk about a different subject.”- Sierra Milard, Kate Hemphill
What is one thing the Empower Club has done or plans to do?
“Last year the club collected and donated supplies to a women’s shelter that housed women who had faced abuse. No definite plans have been made, but members wish to continue doing projects like this .”- Kate Hemphill
Who founded the club and when?
“ Empower Club is in its beginning stages, having started in the semester of 2018-2019 by Ashley Song and Alana Sanders.”- Sierra Milard
Who is the current sponsor and officers for the Empower Club?
“The current sponsor is Mrs. Dunn. The Empower Club has two presidents, Ashley Song and Alana Sanders. The vice president is Sierra Milard, the historian is Ashton Jenks, and I am the communications officer.”- Kate Hemphill