Connect Women on International Women’s day

As International Women’s Day comes and goes, a few of our staff have reflected upon the recent events of the #MeToo Movement and those in their lives that inspire them. 

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Infographics by Haley Jordan.

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Corey Mapp

“Keep your face always towards the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

The women’s marches, #MeToo, and rights for women all around the world are so important to engage in, and now more than ever. My own life has been littered with men making power moves to display their dominance, lower wages than male colleagues of the same experience level, sexual harassment, and even sexual assault. More than all of that, my life has been overwhelmed with women of power and confidence showing me how to become my best self, shout out to my mother for teaching me what true strength is. There are also men who encourage and embrace the feminism that contributes to who I am but understand that it does not define me. Shout to my father for teaching me to have compassion in every moment.

I graduate in May with B.A. in Mass Communications and plan to pursue my M.B.A. shortly thereafter. My biggest hope is that one day we will no longer feel the need to label things like “women in leadership” or “working women.” I just want to be a called leader, and yea – I am a woman.

Ambria Whalum

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

My name is Ambria Whalum, and I am a senior at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. My aspirations include working as a photographer and becoming a small business owner.

The #MeToo Movement and women’s marches hold a place of importance in my life because they both are an example that women are stronger when they stand together in solidarity and that there is nothing more powerful than women with a message on a mission. I am grateful to the women in my life who have taught me to be compassionate, honest and to stay determined.

Bailey Mosley

My goals are to graduate from USFSP With a degree in journalism and thrive in a career field that calls on my creative skills to build a better tomorrow

I want a chance to be not only seen but heard, accepted and overall equal. Not just for myself and my identities but for every woman: Black, Hispanic, white, LGBTQ+, young and old. Woman are no longer accepting and conforming to the societal norms that have been placed on us for so long. Makes me proud to be apart of such a generation of love and caring. 

Some of my favorite quotes are, “More fuck yeah, less fuck that.” 


Yeah, or this, “Bad biscuits make the baker broke, bro.”

-Jake the dog 

Grace Stocksdale

Currently, I hope to do well this semester and further my craft in being a Graphic Designer. But, in the future, I want to work for an advertising firm and teach English abroad. Those are just a few of the things I want to do. I have so much more I could list off.

The women’s #MeToo is such a strong movement that seems to have inspired so many women to speak on sexual assault. I’ve always heard about the stigma of women being afraid to publicize their assault keeping it to themselves. But, just seeing  women come forth is inspiring. But it also makes me question why it took a celebrity to make these women speak.

Because I have not dealt with sexual assault I take the movement and even women’s marches as a reason to be more confident about my rights.

There is one woman who always inspires me and she is someone who I live with every day. My Aunt: Lisa Richards. There is a quote that I always remember because of my aunt.

She always tells me, “If you really want something, don’t take no for an answer. Everything happens for a reason.”


Julia Severance

“What about young people having to break bread with their abuser at a family gathering year after year in silence and solitude?” -Tarana Bruke, founder of #Metoo movement

I am a sophomore here at USFSP as well as the marketing intern for Connect. I aspire to get published before I’m twenty, keep my GPA up and push myself out of my comfort zone food wise. Later, I’d love to work for an Ivy League after college, get my pilot’s and motorcycle license. Lastly, I’d like to stay humble through my success.

The #MeToo movement is not only an inspiration but also a comfort platform. Not only does it show empowerment to sexually abused women, it shows strength, unity and bravery.  Some young women believe they need to be strong to the world and stronger than anyone that looks there way. Some keep quiet for the sake of family. Women are seen as these “take one for the team” to the world. This movement challenges that stereotype, and I couldn’t love it more.


Jessie Santero

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you will be criticized anyway.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt.

I was lucky to find what I am passionate about career wise at a very young age, and I will always be grateful for that because I knew that was something that often took people many years to accomplish. In high school, I joined the TV production club and that very same day, I knew my future would revolve around production or post-production of some kind. Finding happiness in what I do as work was always something very important to me, and I am gratified I was able to achieve that goal in my lifetime.

Although being a successful, hardworking woman is meaningful to me, my ultimate hopes in life are to raise and have a happy, healthy family, to never forget to be humble by always staying true to who I am, to always stand up for what is right, and to consistently be courageous enough to use my voice as well as motivate others to do the same.

The #MeToo and Women’s Marches are important because they provide powerful platforms for women to come together and make a change. It is crucial for movements like these to continue to happen because it builds a community and provides the opportunity for people, who may feel their voice has been silenced, to speak out on important issues that are often ignored.

Haley Jordan

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” —G.D. Anderson

I am a senior at USFSP graduating in May with a degree in Mass Communications. Afterward, I intend to go on to graduate school and pursue a career that allows me to be creative, make a difference and take pride in my work, whatever that may be. 

As a 22-year-old, I don’t pretend to know fully what it means to be a woman. However, I’ve gained a lot of insight into the matter since entering college, and I can say with confidence I’m proud of what women have done. Being asked to write a short paragraph on something like the #MeToo Movement is a tall order. I have a plethora of thoughts, some of which contain language I’d like to avoid. First and foremost, I was shocked that people were so shocked. However, I think it’s a major step in a better direction. I think solidarity is necessary for progress, and so is a candid conversation. Past that, we need to continue in this momentum. 


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