Humber celebrates International Women’s Day through dance

by | Mar 11, 2019 | Headlines, News

Sydnee Walcott, Life Reporter

Humber College celebrated International Women’s Day with a twist last week.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to serve as focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

The First Year Experience (FYE) program at the Lakeshore campus invited students to celebrate the day by taking part in a Zumba workout led by the the founder of Find Your Fierce, Monica Gold.

Monica Gold, the founder of Find Your Fierce, choreographing a piece for the participants during Women’s International Day at Lakeshore campus. (Sydnee Walcott)

“International Women’s Day to me is about celebrating how far we’ve come as women,” Gold said. She said the day is about celebrating how strong women can be when they come together and how much further women can go when women come together.

Find Your Fierce is a company that’s aimed at making women feel confident, strong, empowered, and happy through dance and fitness workouts. Gold said these classes bring together a community of positive people, good vibes and high energy.

Originally, Valorie Edwards, a Protection Security Investigation student, thought that International Women’s Day was about appreciating those who were older than her.

But as Edwards got older she realized International Women’s Day was about realizing who women are and that they are strong and fierce. She said it was empowering for her to come out and learn a beautiful dance.

The organizer of the March 8 event posing with cupcakes that were created for the event. (Sydnee Walcott)

“International Women’s Day means something different to everyone,” said Claire Chappell, a senior mentor with FYE and an organizer for the event. She said the day is about people empowering the women and those who identify as female in their life.

Chappell said that is was great to host an event where everyone could come out and show what they day means to them.

The first International Women’s Day was on Feb. 28, 1909, and was organized by the Social Party of America, and it soon became an annual celebration as a suggestion by the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conference.

The International Women’s Day is now celebrated as a day of protest for gender equality and as a day that celebrates womanhood.