Cal Poly Pomona’s newest club, Feminist Fight Club, gives students a platform and space to use their voice and take action on feminist and social justice issues.
Throughout the years, what defines feminism has changed into voicing not only the need for women’s equality, but equality for transgenders, non-binary and other groups who have experienced oppression. Feminism is important because it allows people of all genders to not feel restricted or be put into stereotypes.
Feminists play a critical role in worldwide movements. They educate and bring awareness to promote women’s power and gender equality to society.
The club strives to build a community on campus to work in pursuit of justice and liberation. It sheds light on important issues and gives students the opportunity to create a positive impact on campus.
“What makes us unique is that although we are known as a feminist club, we do not only focus on women(’s) rights but also other social issues happening in the world relating to race, environment and gender,” said Jacquelyn Arzola, a first-year sociology student. “Since we are a new club, we are a close-knit community which helps us connect with each other.”
The Feminist Fight Club became an official club as of January 2019, and has continued to flourish with an increase in membership numbers and hosting multiple events on campus.
This club gives students an opportunity to speak up for their beliefs and values, while also doing it around people they call their close friends.
“I have learned how to talk to my peers about our club’s goals, and this club has given me a lot of confidence because my own passions rest behind my motivation in this club,” said Maritsza Guizar, a third-year English student.
Maya Danielle Aceytuno, Feminist Fight Club president, has been working progressively to create a strong foundation for the new club.
“My duties as president include curating campaigns, developing and maintaining internal and external relationships and leading the executive board,” said Aceytuno, a fourth-year journalism student.
She has big plans for this year, which include organizing a sex education program and a community-developed event for the annual women’s march.
The first event its hosted as an official club was its Show You Care event last year, where its partnered with the Care on Campus campaign.
The Feminist Fight Club introduced the Care on Campus campaign to advocate for students’ needs for reproductive and sexual healthcare.
At its Show You Care event, there was a panel of guest speakers, student performances and organized interactive activities. The club hope to host this event annually.
The club encourages students interested in joining to attend its general meetings every Tuesday during U-hour. For more updates and information on upcoming events, follow its Instagram @cpp_ffc.
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