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 2017
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Sherry and I was born in Taiwan. Since Kindergarten, I have attended international schools in Shanghai and Guangzhou, China. At Boston College, I have been involved in To Write Love On Her Arms and Asian Caucus’s Freshman Formation Program. In the future, I hope to become a psychologist-author and I plan on re-establishing psychology and fighting to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues in the collectivist societies of Asia.
2. What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about clinical and abnormal psychology. For me, more than an academic subject, a major or a profession, psychology is my calling. It’s what gets me out of the bed in the morning and what keeps me up at night as I wonder if I will ever be good enough to present hope to a patient who only knows sadness. As a survivor of depression myself, I have a passion for mental health awareness that only continues to grow. It is our responsibility as survivors to help those who are still suffering. Psychology has saved me from my darkest moments, and if in my lifetime I am only able to do the same for one other person, it will have been worth it.
3. How do you define "feminism"?
I see feminism as women's empowerment. We need to teach our girls that it is okay to ask a guy out or be the smartest in class. We need to show our women that they can divorce their husbands without fear. We need to believe ourselves when we tell girls that they can run for president and have a chance of winning. Feminism is not a master plan to have guys pay for dinner or a desperate call for attention and appreciation. Feminism is a natural and logical step in the development of human history because women have been oppressed for too long and in subtle ways that the modern person continues to fail to realize.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I identify as a feminist because I feel a strong calling to fight for social justice in everyday life. I hate seeing unnecessary suffering, yet that is what I see when I visit Taiwan and I see so many unhappy grandmothers with cheating, abusive husbands but the thought of asking for a divorce is unimaginable simply because they are women. Injustice is what I hear when I hear that a girl is deemed unattractive because she is the loudest or most active in class. As with poverty and global warming, we feel disconnected from these issues like they are another politician’s concern or another third world country’s problem. But we are better than that. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
5. Who or what inspires you?
Those who are still struggling inspire me. The international freshman who travels all the way to Chestnut Hill alone, the student activist who is met with brutal police force, and the individual who struggles with severe depression but still gets out of bed every single morning hoping but not knowing if today will be a better day are among those people.