By John Newsom
News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Actress Gabrielle Union, political strategist Angela Rye and journalist Lisa Ling shared the spotlight at a panel discussion on women’s issues. They covered topics that included self-worth, gender double standards in the workplace, the pay gap and how women are portrayed on TV.
At N.C. A&T, the Chancellor’s Town Hall was the hottest ticket in town.
A&T students snapped up tickets in less than four hours last month when the university announced the event.
Tuesday’s night gathering — billed simply as a panel discussion on women’s issues — did not seem to disappoint the crowd that filled the 900-seat Harrison Auditorium.
For nearly an hour, actress Gabrielle Union, political strategist Angela Rye and journalist Lisa Ling covered a range of serious topics, encouraged the audience to lift themselves and each other up and then took questions for another 20 minutes. The talk was moderated by Danya Bacchus, an A&T graduate who works as a TV journalist on the West Coast.
Most of those who attended Tuesday’s event were women, and they cheered when Ling was introduced, screamed as Rye emerged from behind the curtain and shrieked as Union — currently the star of the award-winning TV drama “Being Mary Jane” on BET — came out on stage. Afterward, A&T students lined up from the stage to the lobby to get their pictures taken with the three panelists.
The speakers didn’t shy away from giving their takes on a number of critical issues facing women today.
They covered topics that included self-worth, gender double standards in the workplace, the pay gap between men and women, sexual assault and how women are portrayed on TV reality shows.
Several times, the discussion started with or circled back around to social media, one of the major influences on young women today who too often feel pressure to measure themselves against the edited versions of other people’s lives they see on Instagram, Snapchat and other sites.