NEW BRITAIN- Central Connecticut State Universityâ€™s annual Womenâ€™s History Month luncheon Wednesday focused on getting politically involved.
This yearâ€™s luncheon featured guest speaker Susan Campbell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of three books and a professor at the University of New Haven. She grew up in southern Missouri and in 1986 moved to Connecticut to work at the Hartford Courant.
Campbell gave a personal anecdote about how her beliefs were formed and how understanding this about yourself is very important.
â€śReaching equality will take a lot of self-examination,â€ť Campbell said.
She reminded the audience that people vote with their own self-interests in mind, which is why it is crucial for them to do the same.
â€śOutrage is so cheap,â€ť Campbell said. â€śAction is everything.â€ť
Campbell doubled down on this when asked afterward what she hoped the audience took away from her address.
â€śI would hope that, as corny as it is, they would know that the future is in their hands,â€ť Campbell said.
The program was sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, along with the Committee on the Concerns of Women, the Ruthe Boyea Womenâ€™s Center; the LGBT Center and Student Affairs.
Womenâ€™s Center Coordinator Jacqueline Cobbina-Boivin said she thought the event went really well, saying that Campbell created a safe environment to express views while also talking about important topics.
â€śI thought it went spectacular,â€ť Cobbina-Boivin said. â€śIt was informative and inspirational.â€ť
The event was free and open to the public, and featured a lunch buffet.
Also in attendance was the League of Women Voters of Connecticut. The organization was set up near the entrance giving attendees the opportunity to register to vote.
Cobbina-Boivin said that there is another Womenâ€™s History Month event scheduled for March 26, but that may be affected by the universityâ€™s closing due to the coronavirus.
For the most up to date information on that front, visit www.ccsu.edu/coronavirus/ .