FemCo member Caitlin Wyatt shows her support for women equality.
FMF National Campus Organizer Edwith Theogene says student leaders show a bright future.
By: Ryan Fullam
The University of South Carolina's Feminist Collective headed to Washington, DC this past weekend for the 11th annual National Youth Feminist Leadership Conference.
FemCo is a student organization at USC that helps feminists build community here in Columbia, while also raising awareness of gender equality. Some of the things FemCo stands for are equal pay for women and men, accurate sex education in high schools, and defeating the 20 week abortion ban that is currently in the South Carolina State House.
The NYFLC brings students together from colleges all across the country to meet like minded individuals and share their passion.
The organization wants to bring some of the passion that they have found in Washington back to South Carolina, where they are the minority in such a conservative state. Some Feminist Collective members have been victims to backlash on social media with people calling them "ridiculous", "uneducated", "silly" and "naive". "I just get a lot of people who don't understand what we do or why we do it,"FemCo Treasurer Heidi Stone said.
What keeps these women together is the positive impact that they believe they can have on the world.
"Seeing the passion and the community that feminism provided and the feeling of being able to make a difference in the world was what was so appealing to me," Public Relations major Caitlin Wyatt said.
Edwith Theogene is the FMF National Campus Organizer for the Southern US.
"The reason why I have hope and faith is because of the wonderful great student leaders and all the great people that meet. They bring all of that passion of self back into their work as activists," she said.
Members like Wyatt and Stone plan to do just that and continue to educate others about equality for everyone.