Catherine, Co-Founder of ASU’s NeW Chapter:
During my freshman year on campus, I was confronted with students engaging in sex toy workshops and feminists selling vagina lollipops among many other things. I knew I had to do something. When I heard about NeW while working in DC the summer of 2006, I realized I was not alone in my concern. After meeting with Karin and considering what it would mean to start NeW at ASU, I realized that if we didn’t start it, the lies would keep on spreading – and women would continue to be deceived about their worth and dignity.
After, we were an established club on campus, my older sister Annemarie took the helm as Madame Presbitada (our NeW President nickname). We started small as a 5-6 girls coming together every other Monday night to discuss our findings in Danielle Crittenden’s book,What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman. Although, we struggled to find our balance of whether we had to be the voice on every woman’s issue on campus, we realized that we were not Super Women and would be most effective by responding or engaging whenever the opportunity came. And believe me, the opportunities have presented themselves. Since then, I have served as a NeW President, and now my friend Blayne Bennett has taken NeW to a new level at ASU. NeW is the established voice of conservative women on campus. Last year, NeW at ASU took part in a debate about marriage, hosted the First Annual Gentleman’s Showcase, welcomed Nonie Darwish, made multiple trips to the Shooting Range, and even celebrated at a Christmas Tea Party.
Although, I am not officially tied with NeW on campus today, it is because of NeW that I am still active and in touch with students and the campus atmosphere. With my position as a columnist for the ASU campus newspaper (The State Press), I have an unprecedented opportunity to aid NeW with bringing attention to relevent issues affecting women today, such as the hook-up culture and modesty.