Feminist Friday Online with Meron Wondwosen, Esq.

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Graphic of Feminist Friday Logo with Text for Friday, August 7 2020 a discussion on why intersectional feminists say change the name of Catt Hall

Why Intersectional Feminsts Say Change the Name: The September 29th Movement 

In this session:

Meron Wondwosen, ISU alumna and co-founder of The September 29th Movement, discusses the history of the organization and its interdisciplinary work, the alliances between Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQI, students, faculty and staff, the demands to the university and the reaction of the administration. She also discusses her research and writing on the woman suffrage movement, including Carrie Chapman Catt as well as the dismissal of the scholarship by the university and Catt advocates. Meron also discusses the legacy of The September 29th Movement and its impact on the university and on subsequent student-led organizations. Twenty-five years after it made calls for the renaming of Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, The September 29th Movement has once again joined students, alumni, faculty and staff to advocate for inclusion and equity at Iowa State.

While at ISU, Meron also served as president of the Black Student Alliance, Editor of UHURU Magazine and co-chair of the ISU Committee on Lectures. Today, Meron is an attorney who specializes in consumer protection and banking. She also serves as counsel for a community-based organization which mentors young Black and Brown boys in Washington D.C.