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Featured Feminist

The Featured Feminist column is an initiative 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.

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Featured Feminist

Featured Feminist

Meredith Hawkins

MCAS 2020

Major/ Minor: Psychology and International Studies: Ethics and Int. Social JusticeQuestions

1.     Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am from right outside of Portland, Maine, and I absolutely love where I’m from. Ask anyone, I am obsessed with my state. I love to spend time outdoors hiking, walking my dog, and especially by the ocean. My all-time favorite summer pastime is paddle board yoga, and I am receiving my yoga teacher certification this summer. 

2.     What are you most passionate about?

I am extremely passionate about mindfulness and its intersection with reflection and advocating for self-love. I think taking the time to reflect on our strengths and goals as individual and evaluating how we live our life interacting with others on a day-to-day basis is imperative. My philosophy is that we learn the most about the world and our place within it as we interact with those who are different from us and practice empathy for the human condition. Even though we may not share the same life experience as someone, we can all find commonality in the fact that we are human, each and every one of us, and we are all deserving of respect, acknowledgement, and celebration. I believe that self love is where it all starts, and we cannot begin to love or serve others to the best of our ability without finding that inner fire, acceptance, and love for our own selves in the first place. Perpetuating positivity within oneself leads to the manifestation of positivity on the outside as we treat others with the same respect with which we treat ourselves. 

3. How do you define “feminism”?

I define feminism as the baseline belief, support, and advocacy for all genders, as we cannot advocate for equality for one population without advocating for equality for all. Not only is feminism the belief in gender equality, but it is also the specific belief in in the ability of women to be just as powerful and successful as anyone else. A feminist is someone who believes that women can be all that they want to be and can do all that they want to do, no better or no less than anyone else. I view feminism as a way for women and all of their supporters alike to bring an awareness to the world that everyone can bring something of value to the table, regardless of gender. Women,and marginalized populations alike, just need to be granted the equal opportunity to do so. A feminist is someone who recognizes the uniquely feminine qualities that allow women to approach things from a different perspective, a perspectives that is no better or less than that of any other gender, just different and unique. The feminist is someone who empowers women to be all they can be because they see these qualities and this potential to provide a new point of view. A feminist believes in giving women the best choices and opportunities possible to live their best life, boundary free, and with equal opportunity across genders.

4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

I identify as a feminist because I believe in the power and strength of our differences. When we advocate, fight, and aspire to achieve cross-gender equality, we open up the door to a world of possibilities where each and every individual is encouraged to live his or her best life. It is only when we are given this opportunity and supported by our fellow community members in doing so, that we are able to live our best lives, not only for ourselves, but for the betterment of the world around us.

5. Who or what inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by all of those who step up and speak out in the face of adversity and oppression across history and today; speaking up for what you believe is right is the most courageous thing anyone could do. I receive so much of my day-to-day inspiration from my mama because she does absolutely everything with the utmost passion, dedication, and love—sooo much love.