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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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Ashlie Pruitt

School/Class: A&S 2015

Major: Communication

Minor: Theatre and African & African Diaspora Studies



1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am infinite and therefore complex, yet also quite simple. I love the performing arts including, but not limited to, acting, singing, dancing, and writing poetry. I consider myself a renaissance woman due to my many talents, passions, and boundless imagination. My main motivation in life is to change the world through my art, whether it be on a global, community or personal scale.


2. What are you most passionate about?

This is a tough question to answer, and one that I am blessed to have to narrow down. I am passionate about so many things! Yet, I would say that am most passionate about bringing a heightened consciousness to the world through my art. 


3. How do you define "feminism"?


Feminism is wisdom and power. Feminism is agency. Feminism is indestructibility. Feminism is not just for women. Feminism is compassion. Feminism is bold. Feminism is everything. 


4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

First and foremost because I am a black woman and I understand the intersectional oppressions that I and many others face as such. But also because in order to change this world, we must actively and consciously resist dominant tropes in society that seek to undermine the power that exists within women. Women are NEEDED. Without our presence in all aspects and trajectories of life, there is no balance. Without balance there is no justice. Without justice there is no peace. Therefore, I am a feminist not just for me or my own empowerment, but for the betterment of this entire world. 


5. Who or what inspires you?


Honestly, everything inspires me. All of existence was once inspired by universal and creative intelligence and therefore, I find that connecting with the universe, whether it be internally or externally, brings me to places I never could have imagined on my own. An example could be that I look to my own friends for inspiration. I am blessed to be constantly surrounded by knowledgable and compassionate individuals, all of whom share varying interests and passions that I can learn and grow from. I find that connecting with others allows me to stretch the boundaries of my own perception, thus leading to a deeper understanding of self and universal interconnectedness. As a feminist, it is this interconnectedness which inspires me to fight for the justice and equality we all deserve.