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Opinion: Trans Awareness Does not Belong in Program Celebrating Women’s History


Submitted by: Claire M, Sophomore, Shippensburg University

I am writing to express my strong disgust and disappointment regarding the recent inclusion of Trans Week of Visibility in the celebration of Women’s History at Shippensburg University. As a female student, I feel that the university has missed the mark in honoring the history and struggles of women by focusing on a cause that is not directly related to female equality in the workplace and in culture.

While I understand the importance of recognizing and supporting transgender individuals, it is unacceptable to prioritize this cause over issues that directly impact women, during women’s history month. As we continue to fight for gender equality, it is essential to acknowledge the unique challenges and discrimination that women face every day. This is saying that biological women no longer deserve a full month to celebrate our history and struggles.

Women have been fighting for their rights and equal representation in society for centuries, and our struggle is far from over. We still face significant disparities in pay, job opportunities, and leadership positions. We continue to be underrepresented in politics, academia, and many other fields. We continue to be objectified, sexualized, and discriminated against based on our gender.

Instead of celebrating Trans Week of Visibility, the university should be focusing on matters that specifically relate to female equality in the workplace and in culture. We need to have more discussions about how we can support and empower women in our community. We need to explore ways to eliminate the gender pay gap and to provide more opportunities for women to advance in their careers.

I urge the university to reconsider its position on including transgender awareness within programs regarding Women’s History.

Is it too much to ask as a society to focus on issues that directly relate to the struggles of women. It is essential that we continue to fight for our rights and for a more equal and just society for all.

To be clear, I love the trans community and realize their struggles, but my issue is with the hijacking of women’s sports, events and culture.


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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