September 22, 2021, New York, USA – After a year of remote learning, the World Youth Alliance Cathedral High School Club is back in person! The club is currently WYA North America‘s longest-running chapter, thanks to the continuous enthusiasm of the girls of Cathedral High School and the guidance of club advisors, Anne Andersson and Jim Philipps. Although the girls were unable to meet in person all of last year, they showed their dedication to human dignity by continuing the club through online meetings. This year, they can finally meet in person, and the club has even gained several freshmen as new members!
During the first meeting of the year, the North America Regional Director usually goes to the school to address the club, and this year was no exception. Siobhan Heekin-Canedy, the current Regional Director, was thrilled to finally meet the club members in person and introduced them to WYA’s history, mission, and core programs. The club’s leadership team has chosen “women’s rights” as the theme for the year, so Siobhan also led a discussion on a dignity-centered approach to women’s rights, particularly as they relate to health, work, and safety. She encouraged the club members to believe in their inherent worth as women and think about ways that society can better recognize this worth, whether by making workplace accommodations for mothers or prioritizing hormonal health through programs like Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM). The talk ended with an inspirational quote from Edith Stein:
“The world doesn’t need what women have, it needs what women are.”