At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I started to consider myself a feminist during my junior year of high school. Being at an all girls' school, I learned more about the opportunities that ARE available to us, but are limited in the "real world."
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My high school business teacher, Renee Vai.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
I think I always unintentionally made choices that would be supported by the feminist movement, but I think I judge women less because of feminism.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I'm not afraid to speak out if people are degrading women. Also, I use the classroom setting as an opportunity to educate others.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
Unafraid women reaching their full potential without competing with not only men, but against other women as well.
How I Define Feminism:
Gender equality and supporting other women instead of bashing each other
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, I was a student in the Chicago Public Schools system until I attended Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic high school in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. During my high school years, I developed leadership and personable skills and realized my love for writing and activism. As a high school student, I worked directly with Josephinum’s marketing and development departments to learn more about how the school functioned. As the head writer for Josephinum’s blog, I contributed monthly posts with original content for prospective students, alumni, and community members. I was privileged to work with local organizations like Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Mikva Challenge where I worked on social issues like sex trafficking in Chicago and sexual violence on college campuses. With the “behind the scenes” work that I witnessed and got to be a part of, I knew I wanted to continue to work for nonprofits and for those who need advocacy. I graduated from Josephinum with National Honor Society recognition in 2014.
I am a current junior at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, Minnesota. During my sophomore year at Saint Mary’s, I led the first charge by students in recent memory to review university practices around sexual misconduct reporting and Title IX procedures. In November 2015, I represented Saint Mary’s at Know Your IX's Midwest student activism boot camp in St. Louis, Missouri. With administrative support from my university, I learned about existing federal laws and guidelines that apply to campus violence, how to conduct outreach successfully, what a survivor-led organization looks like in practice, how to organize and build partnerships with other anti-violence activists, and how to identify criteria for what makes a strong campus policy.
As a result from this training, I was a member of the university’s planning committee for sexual assault awareness month where I worked with other student activists, the Dean of Students, and Title IX Coordinator on sexual assault and harassment education and advocacy. Lastly, I participated in a panel where I answered questions regarding Title IX at the university after viewing The Hunting Ground.
I am expecting to complete my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a Writing Emphasis in May 2018. I am also minoring in Public Relations so I can use my writing and communication skills for an organization whose mission I believe and support in.