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The Express

The Student News Site of Sacramento City College

The Express

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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

EDITOR’S NOTE: A league of our own

Our country acknowledges many historical periods of time scattered throughout the months of the year, we celebrate from Cinco de Mayo to St. Patrick’s Day. But the month of March is not only known for drinking green beers at O’Mally’s in Old Sacramento; it’s also known as a little something called Women’s History Month.

That’s right, a whole month dedicated to women! Historically, women have come a long way and continue to strive for equality even in today’s society. According to an article written by the Washington Post, “Women working full time earn about 77 percent of the salaries of men working full time.” Despite gender wage gaps, we have been astronauts, doctors, lawyers and just recently, we are finally allowed to board and operate submarines for the U.S. Navy.

Many women of history are noteworthy, such as Amelia Earhart, the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean to Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from a medical school and become a physician. Women have been accomplishing great things since the early days of 1913, when Alice Paul and Lucy Burns founded the National Union for Woman Suffrage, which changed its name to the National Women’s Party. These women urged American citizens to vote against anti-suffrage politicians in the early 1900s, and played a major role in helping women earn the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.

Almost 100 years later, the Express has decided to dedicate this issue to Women’s History Month by reaching into our City College community and sharing the stories of the inspirational women who make up the students, faculty and staff of our campus.
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There are many women on campus who can be of inspiration to many students. City College President Kathryn Jeffery was recently awarded the 2009 Education Award by the Sacramento Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Librarian Catherine Chenu-Campbell, has been with City College since 1981 while newly appointed Associated Student Government President, Debby Dixon is yet another woman of leadership on campus. In this issue, the Express also recognizes students like Heide Juchnik, an 81-year-old student taking classes like Latino, Mexican-American and Chicano Literature to gain knowledge of other cultures.

According to statistics from the Los Rios Community College District Office of Planning and Research, our campus population is 58 percent female and 41 percent male as of fall 2008. Imagine how that number has grown and will continue to grow.

As for me, I worked very hard to become editor in chief of the Express. I also work with intelligent women everyday in the small trailer of the Express to ensure this paper comes out on time and into your hands bi-weekly. Four out of five Express section editors are women, and the rest of the journalism department has a mix of full-time and part-time instructors, but only two are men; even the journalism department chair is a woman, Janis Haag. Here at City College, intellectual women are part of the majority. I hope you enjoy reading and learning about the intelligent and inspirational women of our community.

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