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Featured Feminist

The Featured Feminist column is a new initiative developed last year by the WC which aims to debunk the common stereotypes and stigma associated with the word "feminist." By highlighting the profiles and achievements of dedicated, passionate individuals in the Boston College community, the WC staff hopes not only to foster a greater sense of appreciation for people who bring the ideals of equality and social justice into their daily lives, but also raise awareness in the BC community towards a more positive and inclusive definition of the word feminism.

If you would like to nominate someone to become a Featured Feminist, please fill out our nomination form via this link (BC username and password required). An archive of our past Featured Feminists is available here.

Featured Feminist

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Professor Bonnie Rudner

Department: English

Classes taught: Studies in Children’s Literature, Intro to Young Adult Lit, Creative Nonfiction, FWs and Literature Core, Studies in Narrative


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am originally a “Jersey Girl” and I take that identity very seriously. I think in fact that Jersey girls grow up to be feminists.


2. What are you most passionate about?

Teaching , my students, my family and my golden retrievers.


3. How do you define "feminism"?

I believe that feminism means feeling free to rise above, or to go around the usual constraints of gender, without worrying about being seen as “good” all the time.


4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

I try hard to balance my own needs with the needs of people I love. I think feminism has given us the flexibility to make choices.


5. Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by great art, as well as by acts of heroism, large and small, in our world today. I am also inspired by my grandsons and by my students.