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Lucy Cross Center for Women and Their Allies

What is an Ally?

Allies discuss and collaborate to counter discrimination based on gender inequality, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, orientation, ability, & age.

"I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves.” ― Roxane Gay

Ways to Become an Ally

Allyship is about being a partner: advocating with women, rather than for women. As global citizens and stewards of our communities, it's necessary that we take steps to empower women and other groups to create equity for all.

Physical safety, bodily autonomy, and equal pay for equal work are a few examples of privileges some people in society have that should be rights for everyone. Allies work to make these rights a reality for women and all other people.

How Do You Become an Ally?

1. Ask and listen to a person's needs and lived experiences, withholding judgement, advice, and the need to interrupt.

2. Take initiative to attend events to learn more about the problems different groups might face. Lucy Cross, CICI, & CLCE offer several such workshops, lectures, and discussions on topics pertaining to gender and intersectional topics.

3. Consider Safe Zone or other leadership training on campus to understand concepts of privilege and how you can use it to empower others.

4. Notice and connect with community resources that are dedicated to addressing women & other groups' needs. Email lucycross@rollins to recommend a local or national resource for Lucy to add to our Partnerships page.