On April 28, the Coleman Group held a pinning ceremony for the graduating girls. At the ceremony, Ms. Anderson, the Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs, and the co-leaders of the Coleman Group gave speeches about how they interpreted feminism.
In Ms. Anderson’s speech, she pointed out that women are still paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men in the United States today. Therefore, it is every girl’s responsibility to make a change. Feminism is not, “females must be superior to males.” However, it is, teaching every girl to be independent, to chase her dream fearlessly.
Abigail Zuckert ’17, one of the co-leaders of the Coleman Group, admitted that she was afraid when she first heard the word “feminism.” Therefore, she thought she would never join the Coleman Group. However, after attending the Ice Cream Social, she changed her opinions. The positive atmosphere of the Coleman Group greatly influenced her. She has since been actively involved in nearly every activity sponsored by the Coleman Group, such as making pillows for the Women’s Shelter, contributing ideas to the Girl Talks gatherings, and hosting symposiums. Zuckert was thankful, saying, “Without the Coleman Group, I would never be what I am today.”