Take a few moments to ask yourself this question, “What would this world be without women?” Apart from the obvious, spend a moment and introspect, what salient roles women play in your life? Albeit they have been relegated in history, by history, and making history, Malala Yousaf, the Pakistani girl who was shot at age 15 by the Taliban on her way to school in 2012, aptly describes the resilience of their selfhood, “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.”

Farmingdale State College during this month of Women’s heritage pauses to reflect on the providers of healing and couriers of hope. FSC is proud of its record of providing opportunity and has demonstrated its commitment to the force of women by placing them in leadership roles forging the future of the Institution.

We recognize the trailblazers, to name a few:  Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Mazie Hirono, Billie Jean King, Simone de Beauvoir, Patsy Mink,  Toni Morrison, Sylvia Rivera, Golda Meir, Delores Huerta, Miriam Makeba Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Susan La Flesche Picotte, and so many more. We honor many unsung heroines – our mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, aunts and daughters who in their own right are noteworthy! 

From the onset of the feminist movement when women’s suffrage was to the focus to the current pronounced diverse strains of feminist activity, connections among “sisters” across the globe has resulted in one of the most notable and liberatory forces echoing the words of Audre Lorde, feminist warrior and poet, “Without community, there is no liberation.”

Throughout history, women have made extraordinary contributions to history. From Agnodice to Sor Juanna Inѐs de la Cruz to Michelle Obama, the sum total of their existential realities has created a force to be reckoned with.  We echo the familiar poetic proclamation penned by Maya Angelou:

   ’Cause I’m a woman


    Phenomenal woman,

    That’s me.

In all of your wonderful expressions, “WOMXN” you are indeed singularly PHENOMENAL!