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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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Erin Barry

School: MCAS 2016

Major: History

Minors: Women and Gender Studies, Islamic Civilizations



1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m from Nashua, New Hampshire, which is essentially the closest thing New Hampshire has to a bustling metropolis. I have a younger severely autistic brother and a dog that occasionally decides he hates me. At BC, I spend my time writing about masculinity and various old white men in my thesis, hosting “Fallopian Grooves” on WZBC, and campaigning for sexual health resources and information on campus.  


2. What are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about reproductive justice, which works for the rights of all people to have children, not have children, and/or parent children in healthy and safe environments. This is important for me because it not only encapsulates the need for access to information about our bodies and our sexuality, as well as the tools necessary to live happily and healthily within our own bodies, but also acknowledges the structural oppression that prevents marginalized communities from access to choice. I am also passionate about the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.  


3. How do you define "feminism"?

Personally, I try to live by Roxanne Gay’s analysis of the term: “Feminist, a word that has, as of late, become a catchall term for ‘woman who does not tolerate bullshit.’’ However, on a broader scale, feminism is not just limited to women, and works to provide all people with the ability to live authentically. Feminism acknowledges and works to dismantle structural systems of oppression, including the gender binary. It is inherently intersectional and is primarily about awareness of, and action against, injustice. 


4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

I am a feminist mostly because I can’t imagine not being one. I cannot imagine being content in this society where people are consistently oppressed based on things outside their control. I am a feminist because I want to help people feel more comfortable and able to live fully and without judgment. 


5. Who or what inspires you?

It’s a cliché, but my mother inspires me. She was orphaned before age 18, and has dedicated so much of herself to her family and my brother and I. I am consistently reminded of how lucky I am to have a mother who supports my activist work. I am so proud that she constantly educates herself and always keeps an open mind. I am also inspired by a number of other student activists, particularly those with whom I work on issues of sexual education and reproductive justice.