The Center for Mission and the Center for Women organized a St. Kate’s presence at St. Paul’s historic Women’s March on January 21st. Our mission asks us to develop ethical, reflective, and socially responsible leaders. Together, as students, alums, faculty, and staff, we demonstrated our commitment to our mission and to peacefully resisting challenges to women’s worth.
We know that when women do well, communities do well. We marched to ensure the safety and well-being of immigrants and those of all faiths. We marched to prevent violence against women. We marched to support access to affordable health care for all women. We marched because we believe in the power of women and we believe in equality, justice, and inclusion.
Since our inception in 1905, we have seen injustice, exclusion, and inequality in the world and worked toward a more just society. For example, during World War II, St. Kate’s provided scholarships to Japanese American women so that they could attend college instead of an internment camp. Today, St. Kate’s is a place where women see themselves in the curriculum and co-curriculum. For instance, our U.S. history classes are divided before and after suffrage instead of before and after WWI. The Women’s Art Institute provides a dedicated space each summer for women artists. Students in the Nutrition and Exercise Science programs examine the influence of nutrition and exercise on women throughout their lifecycle. These are just a few examples; our women’s mission permeates the St. Kate’s experience.
We are grateful to all St. Kate's community members who participated in the march from those present in St. Paul, Minnesota to those who stood in solidarity in Cape Town, South Africa. It was yet another reminder that our students and alums are people who are engaged with the needs of our time, who contribute to their communities, families, and workplaces, and who will work to ensure a future that values the significant contributions of women to the world.