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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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Nicola McCafferty

School & Year: A&S 2017

Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology/Women's and Gender Studies


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’I grew up in Vienna, Austria and enjoy eating cupcakes, watching American Horror Story, and running around the Res. I work at Hillside on Tuesdays and Fridays and love it when people come visit me during my shift (so please stop by), and I intern with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program here in Boston. Fun fact: I can basically recite the movie Juno from start to finish.


2. What are you most passionate about?

It’s hard for me to nail down a specific passion that outranks the others. I’m an avid reader of novels and short stories and a firm believer that (good) books hold a mirror up to society and some of its major flaws in a way that is conducive to sparking awareness and conversation. I’m also incredibly passionate about deconstructing the negative stigma associated with feminism and addressing issues that arise as a result of this negative connotation. It’s hard to engage in conversations about what it means to be a feminist and why feminism is important in today’s society with so many misconceptions.


3. How do you define "feminism"?

I I like to think of feminism as the idea that all people are inherently of equal worth, regardless of gender or other arbitrary categories that have been ascribed more meaning than they deserve.  


4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?

DIt’s hard not to identify yourself as a feminist once you become aware of the power imbalance that permeates most aspects of society. By calling attention to this imbalance, we can start to deconstruct it and hopefully address the contributing factors at their respective sources. My personal goal within feminism is to combat the idea of feminists as angry man-haters through positive interactions and open dialogue about how gender inequality affects us all.


5. Who or what inspires you?My parents have both inspired me to push myself to my full potential, and not to let anything or anyone get in the way of me being the best version of myself. Outside of my family, I admire Tina Fey because she uses humor to address social issues in an accessible (and delightful) way.