Bryn Mawr’s “She’s the First” Holds First Poetry Night

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 4:54 pm.

A chapter of “She’s the First,” an organization dedicated to making education accessible to girls in the developing world, has recently been founded at Bryn Mawr. The group will be holding a poetry night at Thomas Great Hall on April 7 from 7:30-9 p.m., with a guest appearance by Tammy Tibbetts, the founder of “She’s the First.” This is the first “She’s the First” event on campus; it is being held in conjunction with National Poetry Month and the nationwide launch of the organization’s anthology, “If the World Were Your Classroom.”

Amanda Kennedy ’13 began the Bryn Mawr chapter with the hope that students would be interested in supporting girls around the world who can be empowered through education as Bryn Mawr students are. Kennedy was motivated to begin a movement on campus after attending Bryn Mawr’s Heritage and Hope Conference in 2010.

As a new organization, “She’s the First” currently has 15 student members at Bryn Mawr and is looking to expand. With recent interest shown by Bryn Mawr’s faculty, the organization is positive that it has been able to spark an interest in the community. “The challenge for any new initiative is to get the word out,” says Kennedy.

Cupcake sales are a signature fundraising event for the organization, with over $22,000 raised nationally in a tie-dye cupcake sale last November. Following this example, the Bryn Mawr team put up its own cupcake sale in the Campus Center last month.

Those interested in “She’s the First” at Bryn Mawr can visit the group’s Facebook page for news and updates or show support by attending many events to come.  “She’s the First” has open meetings every other Wednesday in Taylor D.

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