At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
Third grade. I was the leader of the girls in elementary school and we battled against the boys for domination of the hill behind our elementary school, Booth Hill School.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My mother and her struggle to be educated in Iran.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
It has informed every choice I make, from language to spouse to jobs to standing up for justice for all but particularly for women and girls.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
Writing, speaking and mentoring, as well as, making purchasing decisions.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
I envision a world where women and girls will be celebrated for being women and girls and not silenced, put down or not allowed to live up to their potential.
How I Define Feminism:
The belief that women and girls are equal to men and boys and that they should have agency over their bodies and not be silenced, interrupted or in other ways diminished because of their sex or gender.
Prior to launching Collabyrinth Collective LLC, Donna served as Chief Engagement and Advocacy Officer at YWCA Hartford Region where she directed the Fundraising, Communications and Public Policy Efforts. Prior to that, Donna served as the Chief Development Officer at Hartford Public Library and the Founder and CEO of Shoptimize.org, an online shopping center that showcased products exclusively from women-led growth businesses.
She served as co-president of AAUW CT, committee chair of AAUW’s Connecticut Tech Savvy, and on the AAUW National College & University Relations Board. Haghighat is also a delegate to Vision 2020, a national gender equity organization whose goal is 50/50 shared leadership. Donna is a board member of Playhouse on Park where she chairs the marketing committee.
Donna also served as Executive Director of Aurora Women and Girls Foundation in Hartford, CT. She has also served on the Trinity College National Alumni Marketing Council.