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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.

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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Riley Kinney

School: MCAS 2018

Major: Political Science

Minor: Faith, Peace, and Justice


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a small town girl from Aspen, Colorado. Growing up in the mountains has given me a passion for the outdoors and the mountains. So if its nice out, you can find me outside! 


2.What are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about helping people, and that is why I have focused my studies here at Boston College around justice issues in America. 


3. How do you define "feminism"?

As Everything-ism. Feminism is an encompassing term that means women should be seen in every light as equal and deserving.  


4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

Because I still cannot get over the fact that every time I go out to eat with my boyfriend, the waiter always hands the bill to my boyfriend. Stereotypes that still hold true today, such as “the man pays for everything” is something society needs to forget. We are living in a time where women support themselves economically and more. 


5. Who or what inspires you?

Every day inspires me because it is another day to be positively impacted.