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Women of Canterbury Hosts Movie Showing and Discussion

Meredith Berry-Toon

Last week, Women of Canterbury (WOC) hosted a screening of Girl Rising, a documentary following the lives of nine girls from developing countries and their individual journeys to receive equal access to education. Following the movie screening, students and faculty alike engaged in a discussion regarding the movie's themes, stories that resonated with them, and similarities and differences between Canterbury students and those showcased in the documentary.

"Girl Rising was a valuable opportunity for the Canterbury community to gather and gain global insight on educational issues relating to women from all over the world,"remarked Megan Tracy, one of the student leaders of WOC. "The lively discussion following the documentary allowed the community to react to the issues discussed in the movie in a safe, judgment-free environment."

Paige Root, faculty advisor to WOC, provided faculty members with discussion guides for each department's discipline. Several faculty members in both the History and Art Departments asked their students to attend the documentary as a part of a larger class discussion on education, equality, and film making.

WOC hosts weekly Monday evening meetings during which they often invite guest speakers to address the group of female students. Over the next few months, WOC is hosting two speakers on Women's Health (January 29 and February 26), as well as, a speaker from The Women's Center in Danbury, Connecticut to talk about consent (February 12).