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Women’s history month celebration

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Women’s history month celebration

Photography courtesy of Arianna Aloia

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Photography courtesy of Arianna Aloia

Photography courtesy of Arianna Aloia

Miguel Gutierrez, Reporter

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On Tuesday, Mar. 5, the Islander Inclusive Network hosted a Women’s History Month Celebration in the UC Anchor Ballrooms.

The celebration included a Makers Space and other fine arts and crafts demonstrations presented by the i-Create Lab. Attendees were encouraged to participate and take what they made home with them.

The celebration also offered a free lunch for anyone who attended. The lunch was made from recipes made famous by Julia Child.

Child was a famous chef, author, and TV personality, best known for mastering French cuisine.

One of the highlights of the event was TAMU-CC President Dr. Quintanilla presenting a keynote address. Quintanilla focused on the importance of leadership and shared her story of success as a woman in predominantly male occupation.

“True leadership is much much more than a title,” said Quintanilla, “True leadership is influence, and excellent leadership is using your influence to make a positive difference.”

Quintanilla went on to share her experience of having to set her career aside in order to care for her newborn daughter, and how that affected her.

“I was really starting to second guess my decision, and then my daughter was born,” said Quintanilla. “I have loved this university and every job i have had here, but there is absolutely nothing I love more than being a mother.”

Quintanilla said that being a mother has made her a better person, “There has been nothing else in my life that has tested my leadership abilities more than being a mother.”  

“In the first five years of her life, I learned more about being an effective leader than I did at any other time in my career,” said Quintanilla.

After Quintanilla’s speech, a panel of student feminists shared their stories of the struggles they face being women, and how they have overcome those struggles.

The student feminist panel following up and sharing their own personal experiences on stage

According to an IIN representative, there were well over 100 people in attendance.

Stay tuned as Island Waves covers more Women’s History Month events on campus!

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Miguel Gutierrez, Reporter

Junior English major. Advocate of liberty and truth. I also shoot for the Islander Trap and Skeet Team.

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