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Major: Political Science and Philosophy
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in New Mexico and grew up on the border between Cd. Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. I am currently abroad in Dublin, Ireland for my junior year where I study Political Science and Philosophy.
2. What are you most passionate about?
Very recently, I have become most passionate about political and moral theory that help to explain the government's moral right or maybe responsibility to make citizens do things that are morally good. Sounds complex, but I basically really have become interested in answering the question of how governments can be morally good and legitimate and also force people to do things they might not want to because they are good.
3. How do you define “feminism”?
I define feminism as a intellectual or academic pursuit in to the matrix of oppressions that come about from the substantive, objective lived realities of people. To be a feminist is to not only simply want equality, but to think about why that is. I truly believe that contemplating and thinking about feminist issues is difficult, but worth my time. Feminism does not come easy to me by any means and by thinking and talking about issues, I have sometimes felt uncomfortable because my strongly held beliefs have been questioned. It is something I enjoy thinking about because I know it is important.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I identify with a feminist for many reasons, but the main one has actually been revealed to me while being abroad. No matter how you define feminism, the basic principles of a constant pursuit of a hopeful equality are there. It is a school of thought that is well worth pursuing. I am not a feminist because I want to join some movement that is really happy go lucky. Instead, it is an academic movement and social movement that is well worth fighting for!
5. Who or what inspires you?
Hillary Clinton will forever be my biggest inspiration, I think. This is because of a reality about her that is quite controversial to many: she plays the game of politics oh so well! While it must be acknowledged that she's even allowed to play in the game because she's white, heterosexual, relatively upper middle class, daughter of a well-established family in the US, etc. she still does it a whole lot better than a lot of other people in her position! She has made mistakes in her career that are not necessarily forgettable nor is she able to be forgiven by them, but the strides she made for women in America will never be forgotten and her true commitment to both the American federalist system and progressive values is untouched.
In Ireland, I have also found inspiration through movements that support women's rights-- rights American women might already have-- because they are relentless and truly have that Irish revolutionary spirit.
I have to mention that I am also inspired each and every day by the Women's Center staff. Their presence at BC makes thinking about feminism safe even when it seems super daunting.