CSUSB held its second annual 50/50 Day event on April 26, organized by the Women’s Resource Center on campus.
50/50 Day is a free day and global initiative for people to engage in conversation about working towards a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society including business, politics, culture, home, and more.
This year's 50/50 Day involved 35,000 events in 60 countries, with CSUSB being one of the participants. CSUSB President Tomás Morales opened the event with an empowering speech stating that the university is doing its part in this movement of equality as well as expanding in diversity with students and staff.
The event also involved a showing of a short film, “50/50 Rethinking the Past, Present,” speakers including CSUSB Professor Kathy Ervin and Jasmine Bustillos, and an activity involving all of the attendees.
When thinking of inequality, the scarce number of women in management and the gender pay gap may come to mind, but we tend to forget the accomplishments made by women and how far they have come.
Jasmine Bustillos, a speaker at the event, works in the administrative office of the Santos Manuel Student Union as the shared services coordinator and clarified why this movement is important.
“When we talk about gender equity issues, the tendency is to just discuss the power struggle. That’s really not what we are here to discuss. Instead, it is to show people how a gender balanced world is good for everybody. The goal of 50/50 day is for the purpose of wanting to build everyone up,” Bustillos said.
The Let It Ripple movement incorporated into the 50/50 Day event touched on how a gender balanced world affects everyone and how even the smallest gesture can help society move forward.
Let it Ripple’s mission is to use film, technology, discussion materials, and live and virtual events to engage people in conversation and action around complicated subjects that are shaping our lives, and updating these topics through an accessible 21st century lens.
Let It Ripple is all about empowering women and enforcing equality one person at a time. Think of this movement like a ripple. If one woman is encouraging and supportive to another and influences her, the effect ripples on. The idea is to start small, since it would be near impossible to empower every single human on this earth, but you can do your part by empowering one woman after the other, one at a time.
Students who attended found this event to be empowering and reassuring. Student and attendee, Victoria Perez, expressed how events like 50/50 give her hope of a brighter tomorrow.
“What I enjoyed most about the 50/50 day event was the reassurance to myself and the vast majority of women that attended that we are capable of anything,” said Perez. “Listening to different women speak up about social injustices and issues in our society made me even more passionate to spread and advocate for others in just starting the conversation about issues we face.”
To learn more about the 50/50 event, visit whyipledge5050.org and get involved with the movement. Peers can also be encouraged to pledge by posting it on social media using the hashtags #gettingto5050 and #5050CSUSB.
Visit the Women's Resource Center located on the second floor San Manuel Student Union (SU-221)
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED