The Featured Feminist column is an initiative 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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Name: Lisa A. Goodman
Department: Counseling and Developmental Psychology, School of Education
Counseling Psychology in Context: Social Action, Consultation, and Collaboration
Psychology of Women
Culture, Community, and Change
Oppression and Change in Contemporary United States
Psychological Disorders: Clinical and Social Perspectives
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a mother of three almost-grown-up kids, who are still my babies. What brings me most joy are my relationships -with family, friends, students, colleagues, and collaborators. I am lucky to love the work I do every day – teaching/learning from my students, and doing research in collaboration with communities. And I can’t get enough of walking my dog in the woods, watching TV, and reading good books.
2. What are you most passionate about?
Research that leads to action; teaching that builds empathy; working to expand my own and my students’ imagination about what it means to work towards justice
3. How do you define “feminism”?
A way of thinking and acting that promotes justice for all, especially those most marginalized
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
My mother taught me to be a feminist without ever using the word. She cared about her work as a professor, her family, and her own development as a person and managed to balance all of these. As I learned how few women are able to do the same, I awakened to oppression and the need for feminism. And as I continue to learn about the many ways – both obvious and subtle - that people are marginalized, I become more deeply committed to learning, teaching, and practicing feminism in my everyday life.
5. Who or what inspires you?
Where to even begin?
My mom, who still teaches me life lessons on a regular basis
My students, whose wisdom and friendship give me energy every day
Survivors of violence and the advocates who work with them - who give me drive and a sense of purpose