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Women at Seton Hall reflect on Women's History Month

Women at Seton Hall are embracing their power as they share their inspirations and leadership advice this Women’s History Month.

The month of March is considered Women’s History Month, a celebration of the contributions women have made throughout history. This celebration is meant to encourage women to be more vocal about their accomplishments, no matter how big or small.

Chase Cohen, a junior diplomacy major, said obstacles within her upbringing pushed her to become a powerful woman, ultimately leading to her becoming the Student Government Association’s Senate speaker.

“As a kid, I was always considered too much,” Cohen said. “That hasn’t changed as I got older, but I started to notice that when the boys in my class or my cousins did the same, they were called leaders. This month is important to me because in a world where women constantly have to justify their place and decisions, it celebrates their stories, choices and the ways they have chosen to push the boundaries.”

The University has clubs that honor and give women a place to lead, including Women in Business, Women in Diplomacy and The Women's Network. These clubs connect women with other students or alumni through mutual interests to help build a sisterhood.

Mindy Le, a freshman diplomacy major and the president of The Women’s Network, said her mother was her inspiration in becoming a leader.

“This month reveals the power and ambitions of women, especially in the workplace,” Le said. “I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with inspiring women across multiple industries, and the month reflects the caliber of strong-minded women and their abilities to lead history with conviction.”

Sioux Patashnik, an English professor, said she honors Women’s History Month by giving advice to other women about time management for success.  

“I am totally and completely organized,” Patashnik said. “I have a notebook for everything, and I wake up at 4 a.m. every day to get a jump on the day.”

Elyssa Curet, a senior diplomacy and international relations double major, said she honors this month by thinking about the women before and after her, especially those within her own culture.

“Many Dominican-Puerto Rican women have paved the way for me to be here right now, studying at Seton Hall,” Curet said. “I hope to overcome challenges and set precedents to enrich the lives of the future Afro- Latina women.”

Jade Holmes can be reached at jade.holmes@student.shu.edu.

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