Her Space promotes body positivity one Post-it at a time


Annie Bottern

BODY LANGUAGE. HerSpace members junior Sky Li Griffiths and sophomore Isa Saavedra-Weis host members of the freshman class while they write post its to place on the Love Your Body poster.

Read the brightly colored post its on the poster on the upper library windows:  “I love my eyes.”

“I have a great laugh.”

“I like my hips.”

In honor of National Love Your Body Day on Oct. 19, HerSpace, a student group focused on issues relating to women, hung up a poster on the library windows outside of Dean Delgado’s office shaped like a human body.

The group encouraged students to write something that they loved about themselves on a post-it-note and place it on the poster.

“I want everyone who comes by this table to think of at least one thing, maybe ten, maybe thirty things that they like about themselves and their bodies and put it on the poster,” junior Lillian Pettigrew said.

I want everyone..to think of at least one thing, maybe ten, maybe thirty things that they like about themselves.”

— Senior Lillian Pettigrew

Pettigrew is a member of HerSpace and spent free periods at the table encouraging people to participate.

Aside from the poster, the group organized a bake sale Oct. 18 during lunch periods.  The proceeds went to Visible Bodies, an arts initiative based in Minneapolis for transgender and non conforming people.

The main goal of the week was to encourage self confidence and positivity surrounding image.

Pettigrew hopes that students come away from the week with “Body positivity—especially from within—and building confidence—with your body.”

HerSpace is an affinity group for women that meets on Thursdays during tutorial in the Wellness Room.