At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
9th grade. A discussion in a freshman theology class about the right to choose.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
To encourage young women to think for themselves, never back down from a goal even if it seems unattainable, and that they are worthy of happiness and success.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I continually promote equal rights for women and all marginalized groups. I lead by example personally and professionally.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
Locally I would like to see more women specifically women of color in leadership positions. Nationally I would like to see more inclusive policy set forth by elected officials. Globally I would like to see developing countries uplift women to positions of power and increase basic human rights systematically not just through outside humanitarian efforts.
How I Define Feminism:
Freedom to live without discrimination.
I was born in Akron, Ohio, my family and I lived there until a short time after my father passed away. Upon moving to a new city, I was faced with uncertainty and change at a very young age which forced me to continually adapt. Going through school as a child, I was always told learning is important, the more you learn the more you understand about the world and those living in it. Learning by experience or by book, knowledge should always be valued. A few bumps and detours lead me to be person I am today and looking back regrets are few. I am grateful for those who told me I couldn't, I shouldn't, and flat out no. After accomplishing many things in my 34 years on earth, I am looking forward to inspiring others to persevere and move forward in the face of adversity.
Courtney has a fantastic story to share. She has overcome many obstacles personally and professionally to accomplish so many things in the short 34 years she has lived. She has started a small business centered around empowering others, earned two degrees, and a myriad of additional accomplishments. Her life experiences have made an impact on those around her especiallystudents and young professionals. Her goal is to share stories and develop ways to continually inspire students and young professionals to aim for unattainable goals. Growing up in North Hill - Akron, Ohio, dealing with the death of a parent, living with family members having no true place to call a home until high school, graduating high school by mail, getting kicked out of college, to working for that very higher education institution she was excused from, the list goes on. She wants to ultimately be the voice of reason, inspiration, and motivation for those who have been given up on, told no, and never had an opportunity to serve their true purpose in life. Guided by principles [DIVA EDU] that she has developed, she wants to enact change in others to create a ripple effect of awesome. Not only is she an excellent representation of the city of her birth but also the University she truly loves.