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.
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).
School: MCAS, 2018
Major: Economics and Theology
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a sophomore from Lake Forest, Illinois and still in the process of figuring out what I want to do! I am most involved with Bystander Intervention, CURA and 4Boston at BC but am looking forward to getting even more involved in the coming years as a continue to generate curiosity about the great ways to make a difference here. Some of my favorite things include running, knitting and eating way too many sour skittles.
2.What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about questioning norms and empowering women to be confident and love themselves. I love being a part of any and all discussions that provoke thought or challenge my beliefs, and I am a firm believer that it is important to always be passionate about something, regardless of how often my perspective changes. I specifically love discussing women’s and gender issues and always feel like I have more to learn. I am particularly passionate about sexual violence and the importance of women feeling comfortable, in control of, and in love with their bodies.
3. How do you define "feminism"?
To me, feminism means a discussion about equality. The role gender and sex play in our lives should not define our opportunities, and although the feminist movement has come a long way, it still has much farther to go! Feminism is strong, empowering and respectable, despite negative connotations that are often associated with the word. Feminism is a way to bring social oppressions into conversation, discussing the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender. I think many people believe the feminist movement is restricted to women with narrow views, however I feel feminism is simply a way to talk about equality for all different women. I hope in the future our culture will more openly adapt feminism to be a human issue, not just a women’s issue.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I didn’t really identify as a feminist until coming to Boston College and engaging in conversations about gender while also experiencing college through a Jesuit education. In my experience with service as well as my interest in studying religion, I became increasingly interested in what role women play in different societies. I began to see and learn about oppressions women faced, not solely because of the sex they were assigned at birth, but also due to other factors such as their wealth, race, and sexual identity. I began to realize that although I may not feel limited as a woman now, there are still many women who are restricted from equal rights and generally feel inferior to men. Through these realizations, I have become very interested in continuing to learn about feminism through literature, blogs, the news and even listening to people’s personal experiences. I am so proud to be a feminist and to be a part of communities at Boston College that advocate for women’s equality.
5. Who or what inspires you?
I am most inspired by my interactions. Through conversations I have on a daily basis I am constantly inspired to continue learning new perspectives and sharing my own. I generally learn best from experience, and I love to be a part of any discussion or event that inspires me to do more for others.