Just thought that I would share this photo with everyone! It’s from the Kearse award ceremony which highlights one paper from each section of RIT’s college of liberal arts. I was really excited to have my paper on Harriet Hosmer and Hiram Powers win the Akyuz-Ozmen Award for excellence in feminist scholarship! I’m especially thankful to my amazing professor Dr. Tina Lent (who taught the Women/Gender/Art class and submitted my paper), who has opened so many doors for me and encouraged my and my peers’ growth as feminists and activists.
I’m majoring in illustration but I want to further explore women and gender studies. I’m very passionate about working towards full societal equality, and particularly passionate about women’s reproductive rights. I want to be able to make a difference and I’m lucky that illustration is a field where being vocal about my pro-choice views won’t hurt my career. Where having this blog won’t harm my chances to get a job in the future. I’m working towards a concentration in Women and Gender Studies, which I’m hoping to work into a minor with only two additional classes (although my mother is heavily pushing art history as a minor with women and gender studies as a concentration).
So thank you to Dr. Lent! You’re amazing. And thank you to everyone in my life who has helped me with my writing, my artwork, and getting to where I am today. Without my family and my friends I doubt I would be at RIT today and I especially doubt that I would feel this comfortable in voicing my opinions. I’m incredibly privileged to have so many loving people in my life. Thank you all.