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.
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School & Year: A&S, 2018
Minor: Women and Gender Studies
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a freshman, from Quincy, MA. I’m involved with Model United Nations here at BC, and I’m a photographer for the Gavel. I’m the Greater Boston Coalition President for Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign for girls’ education in developing countries. After college, my dream is to volunteer with the Peace Corps, then start my career in development. I love traveling, debating with my friends about social justice issues, and getting sushi delivered to Medeiros.
2. What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about education for girls in the developing world. For girls, getting an education helps reduce the risk of human trafficking or child marriage. An education can be the key for a girl to get a job later in life, be financially independent, and an equal economic partner in her family. Recently, I’ve also become interested in intersectionality, and what feminism means to women of color, trans women, and women of differing socio-economic status.
3. How do you define "feminism"?
Feminism, at its most basic definition, is the belief that all humans deserve human rights. Gender and sex should not affect the fact that all human beings deserve human rights. However, actively practicing feminism in one’s daily life needs to be more than just agreeing with this belief. Being a feminist means constantly considering others’ perspectives, adapting to new situations, stepping up and speaking out about issues, actively updating and educating yourself, accepting that your opinions will not always be popular, and working to end apathy about issues that people think don’t directly affect them. Being a feminist is about action- doing the work to make a change, not just agreeing with feminist principles.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I wrote my college essay about being a feminist, because it is the aspect of my personal identity that I consider most central to who I am. I identify as a feminist because the term encompasses my commitment to social justice.
5. Who or what inspires you?
I have always been inspired by the strong women in my family- my mom, aunts, family friends and older sisters. I have been so lucky to have independent, smart, powerful women in my life that were role models for me. My mom owns her own business, and I was able to grow up with her as an example.