The relatively new student group changes the way students interact with politics on campus
Young people are often represented as apathetic to voting, and not engaging with the political system. With this election especially, it would be easy to fall into this category. This election is tiring. Student group, Women for Political Change (WFPC) is doing the work that proves young people care about politics, and shows how young people are more than capable of affecting change they want to see in their government and community.
Women in American politics often have to carve out and demand their place in the political system that is dominated by men, and WFPC was formed because of this pattern. “We want to give everyone the chance to create their own destiny with their time here. We made this group because it didn’t exist for us,” said Sonia Neculescu, communications director of WFPC.
Women for Political Change is only 1-year-old, but is already impacting campus and the surrounding community with their work. They have dedicated themselves to empowering womyn, femmes, and allies to affect positive change through politics. “We want to create a safe space for getting involved in politics,” said Olivia Hanson, vice president of WFPC.
The group isn’t dedicated to solely political events either. Recently they had a garage sale and art benefit to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and donated proceeds from both to the Tubman Center. “We’re experimenting to see how we can make the biggest impact,” said Neculescu on their community involvement.
Throughout this campaign season, WFPC has worked to excite students about local elections that will have a large impact on future policy. They have made strides to connect local politicians with students at the University, particularly women, with their event series, Empowered Women Empowering Women.
“We’re making sure everyone is informed about progressive women candidates or people that support women, and we’re doing this to make sure young people have the resources to be informed voters and connect with candidates,” said Felicia Philibert, president of WFPC.
WFPC has seen the power of connecting with politicians firsthand as they found a mentor in local politician, Ilhan Omar. “Ilhan did a really good job at empowering other people to step up in the community. Ilhan found us and reached out to us, and now we’re confident to reach out to others for the group,” Hanson said.
WFPC is showing young people care about the present and their futures, and the strength of their voice is only growing.