HTS’s Feminism for Change Club was formed by Grade 11 students, Ianna Y., Nikhil T., and Nicole A., with the goal of creating a space for students to discuss and advocate for women’s rights by exploring the role that traditional and evolving gender roles can play in safeguarding those rights. The club is working towards making HTS a more inclusive space, empowering the students within it, and offering them opportunities to speak openly and safely about their individual identities and gender roles. Through the guidance of Mr. James Darling, Ms Vanessa Poehlmann and Ms Katie Young, as well as the tremendous support from Dr. Tony Antoniades, Ms Erica Brocco, Ms Jody Butler and many other teachers who showed an immense passion for their cause, the club has had a great start.

Every year on March 8, celebrations of International Women’s Day take place and are recognized worldwide. This day, recognized internationally, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of strong women around the globe. The goal of this day is to increase the visibility of women’s accomplishments in both our present and past while calling out inequalities, challenges and stigmas embedded within our society. The official International Women’s Day website states, “A challenging world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge.” It recognizes purple as its official colour as the colour signifies justice, dignity and visibility. Something as simple as promoting the colour purple to the HTS community represents a space of visibility, honest conversation and empowerment for the women at our school.

Right now in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, celebrations of International Women’s Month are already starting to occur as we begin March. This month is filled with celebrations to further amplify women’s contributions to our history, society and culture as they have often been historically erased, excluded, neglected or underappreciated due to misogyny. Today, we live in a very different world than we did yesterday. Our young female students can look up to their Head of School, many of their teachers and their working or at-home mothers, who are all empowering and accomplished examples of female role models. Alongside this school, the Feminism for Change Club strives to make tomorrow even more inclusive than it is today.