By Nanki Sekhon
Similar to April 10th’s Equal Pay Day, 50/50 Day is a global event that encourages conversation and action towards a more gender-balanced world. On the Let it Ripple official website, it includes that 50/50 Day is for “all genders, all races, all ages, all issues.” Currently, there are about 35,000 events in 60 countries signed up to host companies, schools, museums, and homes recognizing this.
Meanwhile, Benicia High School pledged to join in to encourage the staff and students to acknowledge what challenges certain groups face as well as advocate for equality between the genders. Activities were organized by Leadership and the Intersectional Gender Equity and Feminism Club in which there was both an obstacle course and tug-of-war.
The obstacle course was played between two people—one with a straight path to the finish line and the other with a series of challenges to reach the same end goal. Club President Caitlyn Clark said the message was to show that different people can go through different struggles to achieve the same game. It allowed students to realize that people of different backgrounds, race, ethnicity, or gender have contrasting hassles they have to face on a daily basis.
The tug-of-war game was played normally but with an imbalance of people on each side. On the club’s twitter account, it stated the imbalance was placed “to represent how the U.S. Congress is made up of only 20% women.” The tweet further addressed that the game “was *more* balanced than Congress actually is.” Besides playing games in the Quad, free cookies were also given out.
Overall, 50/50 Day symbolizes a larger effort towards a gender-balanced society. It has been around for about 22 years, yet there’s still so much to be done concerning it. Celebrating this day will not only bring attention to the recurring discrimination that people of color and people of the LGBTQ+ community face, but will also encourage more actions to be taken in preventing this bias from prevailing. Diversity is beautiful and is something to be celebrated. 50/50 Day notes this and stimulates others to as well.