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Hollywood comes to NCCU

Ugly Betty star speaks to students

By Jamila Johnson - Echo Staff Reporter
On March 28, 2012

  • Actress America Ferrera poses with a fan after Monday Lyceum. Gabriel Aikens/Echo staff photographer

 Women  make up 50 percent of the work force but only three percent hold CEO positions. Just three of the 50 states have women as their Senators. N.C. Central University students were made aware of these are staggering statistics Monday night when "Ugly Betty" actress America Ferrera talked about the role of women in the world as part of the NCCU Lyceum series.

"I learned from Ferrera that I can help women exceed by uplifting and supporting those who are setting themselves apart and who are focused on their success," said mass communication sophomore James Jenkins.

Ferrera, youngest of six children in a single parent home, informed the audience about various women across the world that have made a difference.

In 2008 Ferrera campaigned for Hilary Clinton because of her position on the health of women and children.

"I felt that I had to take a stand somehow because while I was paying attention to what she was campaigning about all the media seemed to be focused on was her hair and her pants suits," said Ferrera.

"It took me getting really pissed off to feel like I had to do something."

According to Ferrera change will not happen for women unless the minds of men change. She said men around the world have contributed to women having a voice to be heard.

Specifically Ferrera mentioned men such as author Nicholas Kritsoph author of the book "Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into opportunity for Women," and Muthar Kent, chairman and CEO of Coca Cola, who  founded the 5 BY 20 initiative to empower five million women entrepreneurs by 2020.

"Woman can make a difference on this campus and around the world by making sure their voice is being heard. Carrying themselves with respect and dignity" says psychology freshman Charmaine Griffin.

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