Celebrating Women’s History With Tea

Article and photos by: Stephanie Huynh | Contributor | smh2026@jagmail.southalabama.edu

There’s something special about having light conversations over a cup of warm tea; now it makes sense why ladies of the royal court regularly enjoyed afternoon tea. As part of the celebration of Women’s History Month, Jaguar Productions hosted a Women’s Tea on March 23.

Students and faculty gathered in the Ballroom for light lunch, tea, and camaraderie. Asten Cosby, graduate assistant for JP, was the sole planner and host of the successful event.

“I’m extremely girly and I’ve always wanted to attend high tea at a hotel, but those events are extremely expensive, and then I realized that I was in the position to create this experience not just for myself but for these women,” said Cosby.

Guests were encouraged to wear tea attire, and many even wore tea hats. The Ballroom was decorated with pink and purple tones to accentuate the femininity and royal essence of attendees. For Cosby, bringing springtime indoors was her vision from the very beginning. Jarmora Valrie from the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs assisted Cosby in making that vision a reality.

“[Ms. Valrie]’s one of the women who has always been in my corner since I came to South and I’m really glad I got to work with her on this project,” said Cosby.

A spoken-word performance was delivered by Ashlee Haze, a poet from Atlanta. Haze shared her personal experiences to touch on relevant topics, such as love, family and what it means to be a woman.

Katie Sands, a first-year social work major, said, “The Women’s Tea event was a lovely experience, and gathering with other ladies to listen to Ashlee perform was a wonderful way to celebrate women’s contributions to society.”

First Lady of the University, Janee Bonner, was also in attendance. “I enjoyed the event very much, and I’m already looking forward to next year!”

After Haze finished her set, she sold merchandise and signed copies of her book, “Smoke,” which can be found on Amazon.

“The Women’s Tea was an idea that a former chair had come up with a few years ago and the event never came to fruition,” said Cosby. “It was unlike anything we’ve had on campus before. I wanted to thank the women at South who had poured so much into me and the thousands of others that they come in contact with.”