Trans women belong at Smith because if Smith wants to call itself a real “women’s institution,” it needs to be open to ALL women, not just those who fit a certain mold.
(Sorry for no picture, I don’t have a camera)
The answer in the FAQ is not meant to speak for all survivors, and indeed we did not write that it does. The answer was posted in order to debunk the idea of excluding trans women from womens’ spaces on the pretense of protecting survivors, which has no basis in reality. Also as a point of clarification — the included survivors account is not written by Tobi.
Here’s another way to show your support for our rally this Thursday:
Tweet @smithcollege using the hashtag #ALLwomenfortheworld
We’ll be tweeting too from @transwomenatSC!
Q&A believes that any argument in favor of excluding women from womens’ spaces is inherently invalid. Moreover, trans women are survivors at greatly disproportionate rates.
We answered this in our FAQ.
The requirements for all students are the same.
"All applicants must have all female gender markers on their Common Application, high school transcript, high school letters of recommendation, and midyear academic report."
We’re super busy planning our rally on the 24th!
If you are free any time between 8:30AM and 4:30PM that Thursday please come by. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for location and further info. If you have commitments it’s 100% okay to leave and come back, we’ll be there all day.
If you can’t make it to the rally please submit a solidarity statement or photo to smith-q-and-a.tumblr.com/submit. Tell us why you know Smith’s policy is exclusionary and why you support the inclusion of trans women at Smith.