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Lilli Dellheim '25 M.A., Special to the Hawk • July 13, 2024

Students and faculty explain what feminism means to them


“Feminism promotes men and women as equals and therefore they should be treated as such, whether that be in the workplace, in families, or just in general. Feminism is not just for women. It’s a movement we should all be behind.”

– Alexis Mignogna ’21, member of SJU Theatre Company   

“Feminism by definition is wanting to create an equal sphere for men and women. Too often, it is misconstrued into the belief that women are seeking superiority as opposed to equality.  Once everyone realizes that we just want to be treated the same, then feminism will be less criticized by non-marginalized populations.”

– Meredith O’Reilly ’20, casual social chair liaison of SJU Pride

Caroline Kelm ’19.

“To me, feminism is both the economic, political and social equality of the sexes. In [the Women’s Leadership Initiative] mission statement,  we strive to empower women to be leaders wherever they may find themselves. We can work to try to empower women on campus and have them feel comfortable going into professional environments. That is what we strive for as an organization and is part of the feminism that we like to see on campus.”

– Caroline Kelm ’19, co-president of the Women’s Leadership Initiative

“For me, as a lifelong feminist and someone who studies gender inequality and violence in intimate relationships, the term is very straightforward. Feminism is the belief that men and women should be treated equally—social, economic, political equality for all people.”

– Raquel Kennedy-Bergen, Ph.D., chair of the gender studies department

Alexis Wilson ’19.

“Feminism to me means always being empathetic and conscious of the circumstances that all women encounter. Acknowledging our past and the hardships that we have experienced but being hopeful and empowered by the progress we have made and will continue to make.”

– Alexis Wilson ’19, president of the Black Student Union


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