I am writing this in the last few moments of International Women’s day. It has been a day of reflection and celebration for me; thinking about the women that influenced me, the woman that I aspire to be, how much progress women have made over the years, and how much more we as a society must do to achieve equality once and for all.
As I walked through campus today, I took extra time to notice the women around me. Tufts is full of many extraordinary people, and the variety of exceptional women here are particularly wonderful and interesting to me. I see women participating in every club imaginable, women in the school of engineering, women who work on and off campus, women who volunteer with the Leonard Carmichael society, women who are amazing athletes, women who start new groups on campus like Tufts Dance Marathon, women who support each other, women who are not afraid to speak their minds. I look at the women in my sorority and other sororities alike and see strong, independent sisters who raise each other up—and I look at women who are not involved in Greek life at all, but are still equally as compassionate and involved.
Nearly all of my favorite professors at Tufts have been women, and they are as brilliant and passionate as you could imagine. Professor Bauer sparked my interested in feminist discourse with her patience and explanations of feminist theory. Professor Drachman enlightened me on woman’s history and the implications of of what it means to be a woman in America. Professor Vecitis introduced me to sociology and made me realize what I want my major to be. The list goes on and on.
Tufts has some seriously rad ladies, and I am proud to be a woman on this campus.