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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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in a small farm town in Connecticut but moved to Seattle after high school. I was raised alongside my older sister by my wonderful parents, who moved to the US from Scotland around 20 years ago, hence my very Gaelic name. At BC, I’m involved with Bystander Intervention and GlobeMed, and at any given moment you can find me at Bapst, the Chocolate Bar, or the Women’s Center, where I sometimes like to study or take naps! After graduating I plan to get either my JD or my Masters in Public Policy, and I hope to have a career in policymaking (a Presidential campaign is not out of the question, so look out for my name on the ticket in a couple decades)!
2. What are you most passionate about?
One of the things I care about the most is sexual assault prevention and justice. No one deserves to have their bodily autonomy and sense of agency robbed from them, and perpetrators deserve to be held responsible for their actions. I firmly believe that sexual assault cannot stopped until we deconstruct and reconstruct our current notions of both femininity and masculinity. Broadly speaking, I am passionate about equity in all respects; on a smaller scale, I really like dogs and Buzzfeed Unsolved.
3. How do you define “feminism”?
Feminism, for me, is a kind of equality that is based on the inherent differences between all of us. In other words, feminism is about understanding that women should be equal, while also understanding that the experience of being a woman is different for everyone. Feminism is about acknowledging the many identities that exist within being a woman. It’s about advocating for others to be able to use their voice, not being the voice for them. Feminism cannot be white or straight or cisgender - or any one thing for that matter. It’s about inclusivity, and it’s about intersectionality.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I’m a feminist because we’ve come a long way but the hard work is not done. As I said before, for real change to be made, we need to seriously re-think our collective ideas of femininity and masculinity, and that’s why I’m a feminist. I’m a feminist because our world is still skewed to the disadvantage of those who identify as women. Feminism does not come without its problems, but a crucial part of being a feminist and advocating for others is being able to identify problematic elements and tackle them with an attitude that says “let’s get to work.”
5. Who or what inspires you?
Hands-down, my biggest inspiration is my family. My dad has shown me that with the right energy, no goal is unachievable - if you want it, you can do it. My mom has taught me to be who I am and become who I want to be with unwavering conviction. My sister has shown all of us time and time again that she is unstoppable, which I will always admire. I consider myself so incredibly lucky to have a family that is so supportive and so full of life.