Story by Alex Asbury
New clubs have been forming lately at West and some even addressing serious matters, one being the Gender Equality Club.
The club was formed by Junior, Cassie Ferrick. Ferrick plans on making this club about showing the equality between gender.
“For gender equality it’s about women and men at West and even in the community,” said Ferrick.
The first meeting was held before school on October 31st and the next meeting will be held November 13th in English teacher, Katy Wilsons room.
In the first meeting around 25 students showed up with fair mix of male and female.
Member of the Gender Equality Club, Tea Thomas explains a little bit about the club.
“It’s not a feminist club, that implies that it’s only for women but we’re focusing on stereotypes and discrimination against both gender,” said Thomas.
Club member Allison Tsay joined the club because gender equality is something she feels strongly about.
“It’s a topic I am very passionate about, and I’ve always thought Lee’s Summit West has needed an organization pivoted around gender parity so I contacted Cassie and voila,” said Tsay.
Cassie first got the idea for the club after seeing tweets and posts on social media that were negative to the opposite gender.
“Cassie and I talked via twitter about how annoyed we were with the way people were treating each other, so we decided to do something about it,” said Thomas.
The Gender Equality Club is hoping to team up with the other Lee’s Summit high schools who also have Gender Equality clubs to spread the word around the community.
The club is also planning on helping places like Hope House and other domestic violence houses.
“I want them [students] to see it [club] and not see the feminist club, we’re trying to bring them together,” said Ferrick.