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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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An archive of our past Featured Feminists is available here.

Featured Feminist

Featured Feminist

Maithri Harve

School & Year: MCAS 2019

Major: Computer Science and Communications

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a sophomore from Grafton, MA, double majoring in computer science and communications. I’m super involved in Girls Who Code, an organization dedicated to bringing computer science to middle school and high school girls that may have never done it before, and it’s my favorite thing ever because I get to work with some of the best girls at BC to achieve this goal. I love watching hockey and football way too much for someone who never played sports as a kid. I also love coffee and ice cream!

2. What are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about empowering all the amazing women around me and combating the strict societal expectations that are placed on all students at BC. 

3. How do you define “feminism”?

To me, feminism is equality. Everyone deserves to be treated the same way and given the same opportunities, regardless of their identity. Feminism is a way to look at society critically and examine the way different people have been oppressed and figure out an effective way to tackle the issues that face people of different identities.

4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

The fight for equality isn’t over, and while as a society we’ve come fairly far, there’s still a lot of issues that need to be resolved before we can say that we treat everybody equally. I identify as a feminist because these issues need to be heard, and I want to do as much as I can to help solve them.  

5. Who or what inspires you?

All the women in my life - my mom, my grandma, and all my amazing friends! They’re all so incredibly inspiring, and constantly remind me never to settle for less than I deserve. They’ve taught me so much and in the end I realize I’m not just fighting for myself, I’m fighting for every single one of them and so many other women.