Following Controversy, USG Awards Women’s Empowerment

"The Vagina Monologues" (Flickr)

“The Vagina Monologues” (Flickr)

Rose Hill’s United Student Government awarded Progressive Students for Justice, the umbrella club on campus that houses Fordham’s Women’s Empowerment group, as February’s Club of the Month.

Members of USG voted by a wide margin to recognize Women’s Empowerment following weeks of heated discussion between students and Student Affairs administrators about whether their production of “The Vagina Monologues” should be funded by the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development (OSL&CD).

Emily Rochotte, FCRH ’14, vice president of student life,advocated for the group before a vote was held. “Just having worked with [the club] and seeing their dedication…their work is something all clubs can look to when they’re trying to do something.”

Rachel Dougherty, a leading member of Women’s Empowerment,watched on as USG voted.

USG recognizes one club every month; the method by which clubs are recognized is highly subjective.