The Featured Feminist column is a new initiative developed last year by the WRC 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 WRC 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.
School & Year: LSOE 2016
Major: Applied Psychology and Human Development
Minor: Management and Leadership (CSOM)
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in New York City but I also dabble in Chestnut Hill. I’m involved in Jewish life on campus through BC Hillel, I sing with Sharps a Capella, and I have my own talk radio show, The Molly Bean Show, on WZBC-Newton 90.3 FM. I like the beach, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and quality headphones. I dislike sexism. And weak handshakes.
2. What are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about talking to people. Connecting with other human beings, even if it’s only for two seconds, is so awesome because the conversation could start out so stilted and painful and then you start to reminisce about your awful 5th grade bowl cuts or confess that neither of you actually reads the Terms and Conditions and BOOM you’re friends. And you had something in common the whole time, but it took a conversation to figure that out. That is what I’m most passionate about.
3. How do you define "feminism"?
Feminism is based on the belief that women exist and have value outside of the way they are often portrayed, and regardless of what a largely patriarchal world wants from them. It is an understanding that one-size-fits-all is no way to talk or think about human beings.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I identify myself as a feminist because I think it’s important for everyone-- not just women-- to think critically about the way they’ve been told to act. I don’t think anyone should have to limit themselves based on what they think they “should” be. I have to remind myself of this all the time.
5. Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired most by my own dreams. I know that sounds weird, but when I’m riding in the car, just daydreaming about all of the great things I could do, that makes me want to go out and do those things. Also, there was a poster in my 5th grade classroom that said, “Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!!!” I’m getting inspired just thinking about it.