About The Women’s Center
The Women’s Center will work to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive environment of accepting, culturally competent, and supportive campus members.
The Women’s Center’s mission is to create a campus environment free of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, ageism, and other forms of oppression and discrimination. We are committed to diversity, gender equity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and women’s empowerment. The Women’s Center provides educational, social, and cultural opportunities for members of the Ramapo College community to promote acceptance and to challenge multiple forms of oppression and discrimination.
Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
- Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
- Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
- Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
- Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
- Integrate an appreciation of Women’s, Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.
Why do we need a Women’s Center?
- Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression and discrimination still plague our society
- White women make $0.79, Black women make $0.60, Hispanic women make $0.55, American Indian and Native Alaskan make $0.59, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women make $0.62 to a man’s $1.00
- 1 in 12 transgender women and 1 in 8 transgender women of color have a chance of being murdered
- 43% of queer and trans people experience some form of job discrimination
- 1 in 4 eating disorders occur in men
- There are nearly 20 millions cases of STIs every year
- There are 12.3 million victims of human trafficking and only 0.4% of victims have been identified
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner
- Over 99% of women in America say that they have been a victim of street harassment