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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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Samantha Pinsak

School & Year: A&S, 2016

Major(s)/Minor(s): History and Economics


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a junior from Southern California, mentally preparing for the impending winter. Aries, avid reader, likes long walks through Newton/Brighton neighborhoods, hiking junkie, really into trying different ethnic foods around Boston. Not totally sure what I’m doing with my life, but I’m toying with the idea of implementation work with NGOs doing sustainable development or women’s empowerment in developing nations. 


2. What are you most passionate about?

Meatballs. Finding happiness in the little things. 


3. How do you define "feminism"?

I think my view on feminism really aligns with the one succinctly articulated by Chimamanda Adichie (I read her book Purple Hibiscus this summer - would definitely recommend - and Americanah is currently next to my bed) in her TED Talk: “Feminist: A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” *cue “Flawless”* Beyoncé aside, I truly believe that it is simply people’s ability to be exactly who they want to be and do what they want to do (within reason, obviously), without facing institutional or societal limitations. 


4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

Simply because I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t. 


5. Who or what inspires you?

Since I’ve already mentioned my slight obsession with Chimamanda Adichie, I’ll just say my mom (my own personal cheerleading team) and the people I see everyday who do the little things to promote equality and acceptance!