In honour of International Women’s Day, we asked Ryerson students what the day meant to them and who they are celebrating for.

Here’s what they said.

Justina Kewal, first-year, Politics

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“It’s important to remember everything women have achieved throughout history.”

Alessandro Cotognini, first-year, Business Management

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“We have to pay more attention to the women in our lives and give them the respect they deserve. For me, today I’m celebrating my mom and nonna. They spent their entire past twenty years raising me and my brother so it’s really important to me because they are such big influences in my life.”

Maleha Yasmin, first-year, Sociology

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“It’s very important to have a day dedicated to women because there are so many issues regarding women in society. There’s a lot of things women have to go through. It’s just really empowering to have a day dedicated to women.”

Andrew Critelli, first-year, Business Management

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“It’s better to be equal. I’d rather not be in a gender dominated class society. My grandmother and mom came from Cyprus where women were second-class citizens so when my mom came here when she was 12, she wasn’t allowed to leave the house because they were scared for her. My grandmother spent her whole life as a housewife for my grandfather. Now they are more liberated and raising my sister to be her own, free woman.”

Caroline Rodway, first-year, Performance Production

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“I’ve got a really strong group of galpals and we’re celebrating and that’s really important to me. International Women’s Day to me means that I get to celebrate how I identify as a woman and celebrate everyone else who identifies as a woman.”


Janine Maral is lifestyle photographer and culture writer with interests in sustainable fashion and linguistics. When Janine’s not writing, she’s planning her next trip, listening to a podcast, or making guacamole. You can follow her travels @JanineMaral.

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