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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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Vicki Coates

School & Year: Lynch School of Eduction, 2017

Major: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Minors: Women and Gender Studies


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am originally from New Jersey, and I have loved BC since I was a baby. I have an older brother and sister who, along with my parents, are my biggest role models. I love to read and to spend time with friends. Sitting on the beach with a good book is my idea of a perfect day, as long as I don’t get sunburn of course.


2. What are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about helping people. Among my friends, I am the one to whom everyone comes for advice and support during the good times and the bad, and I take pride in this fact, because I want to help and to support as many people as possible through it all. In the future, I want to do something with counseling or working for a nonprofit organization in order to reach more people.


3. How do you define "feminism"?

Feminism is giving equal opportunity and respect to people, regardless of gender. No one should ever feel ashamed of who they are or how they look, and throughout history, women have been taught to feel guilty for their gender, something over which they have no control. Feminism is about making everyone feel as though he or she has a place and a role in this world, and that place and role is not diminished due to gender.


4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

I truly believe that every person should consider himself or herself a feminist. Society needs to learn to support all women and to treat them with the respect they deserve, and I hope through the work of feminists, this will come to be. I consider myself a feminist, because every person should be seen as an asset to the world, and feminists aid society in seeing women as valuable resources.


5. Who or what inspires you?

My sister was the first person to really introduce the concept of feminism to me, and for this I will forever be inspired by her and her courage to call herself a feminist, even when the term is seen as a negative quality. I am also inspired by anyone who has ever been mocked or put down because he or she calls himself or herself a feminist. These people have tremendous courage, and they are why feminism continues to grow and spread in popularity.