Feminists You Might Not Know, but Definitely Should!

Written by: Ly Phan

In the 20th century, there are Margaret Atwood and Susan B. Anthony. In the 21st century, there are Beyonce, Oprah and Sheryl Sandberg. These women are “the face” of “feminism” movement. They are the one everyone thinks of when hearing the word “feminist”.  However, there are plenty of other amazing women who helped shaping this movement. Let’s take a look at a few of them and their stories.

Victoria Woodhull

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While Hillary was running for this year election, a lot of us thought that we were going to have a first female president. But, did you know, she was not the first one to run for this position? Victoria Woodhull was. She was the first woman to be nominated and run for the President of the United States in 1872. This is especially impressive given the fact that 1872 is more than 40 years before when the 19th Amendment that gave women the rights to vote was passed.

Her life story is not being forgotten. A movie about Woodhull is being produced by Amazon Studio starring Oscar winning actress – Brie Larson.

Valentina Tereshkova
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When speaking of famous astronauts, everyone will think of Neil Armstrong and his achievement of being the first man landed on the moon. However, today, let’s learn more about Valentina Tereshkova. She was born in 1937. At the age 26, she was chosen to pilot the Vostok 6 which made her the first woman ever to fly in space! Her flight lasted for more than 70 hours. After her mission, she received the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Additionally, she also received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace by being a spokesperson of the Soviet Union.

Margaret Hamilton
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Previously, we mentioned Neil Armstrong as the first man to walk on the moon. However, a woman actually enabled that to happen! That woman is Margaret Hamilton. This picture shows her standing next to a stack of code that she had written for the Apollo 11. Specifically, the code that she wrote was for the Apollo Guidance Computer, the software that made it possible for the mission to land on the moon. Recently, Hamilton received the Presidential Medal of Freedom alongside other famous honorees such as Bill and Melinda Gates and Bruce Springsteen.

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Dorothy Height had one career for 80 years fighting for racial and gender equality. She was the leader of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. During this time, she fought for different social issues such as voting rights, poverty and AIDS. She was the only woman in the civil rights movement’s inner circle. Even though she is lesser known compare to her male peers, she is without a doubt one of the most influential civil rights leaders of her time. Although she passed away, Height will forever be remembered as an unsung heroine of the movement.

2016: Still A Historic Election

Written by: Ly Phan

Last Wednesday, America elected a new president for the country. The result was quite emotional for both parties. Although we did not get a first woman president, there are still many women who made giant leaps for all women and made Susan B. Anthony proud on election night.

1. Kamala Harris

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On Wednesday, Kamala Harris became the second African-American woman senator; the first African-American senator to represent California. Additionally, according to the Times of India, she is the first Indian-American ever to serve as a US senator.

2. Stephanie Murphy

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Democrat Stephanie Murphy became the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress by winning a House seat from Florida last Wednesday. She is the first in her family that got to go to college. A fun fact about Stephanie Murphy is that she has background in entrepreneurship instead of government.

3. Ilhan Omar

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Ilhan Omar made history by becoming the country’s first Somali-American legislator. She came to America at the age of 12 as a refugee fleeing the Somali civil war. During her victory speech Omar said “This really was a victory for that 8-year-old in that refugee camp. This was a victory for the young woman being forced into child marriage. This was a victory for every person that’s been told they have limits on their dreams.”

4. Catherine Cortez Masto

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Nevada elected Catherine Cortez Masto to the Senate making her the first Latina Senator in US history. Her goal is to represent all the young girls out there who want a better world. Additionally, Cortez Masto supports LGBT rights and immigration reforms.

5. Tammy Duckworth

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Tammy Duckworth defeated Republican Mark Kirk to become the second Asian-American senator. Duckworth lost both of her legs during her service in Irag War. She is the first female senator who has served in the military.

6. Pramila Jayapal

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Pramila Jayapal became the first Indian-American woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to Congress. She won a seat in the House of Representatives for Washington State. Jayapal is a civil rights activist who founded the OneAmerica advocacy group. While in office, she plans to continue her fight for social justice.

Never Say No to “No”

Written by: Minna Tang

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Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business held its annual Intercollegiate Business Convention at Hynes Convention Center last Saturday. Because of the strong bond between herNetwork and Unitiques, I was lucky enough to be invited by Alex Shadrow, the founder and CEO of Unitques and one of the panelists at the convention. As usual, there were many amazing speakers, such as the COO of Instagram and the CEO of McKinsey. However, I have to say my favorite was Amy Chua.

Amy Chua is a law professor at Yale University, but she is most known for her memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She started by telling her story as a kid living in an immigrant family. Her parents were so strict with her academic performance that they would sit down with her to reflect on the exams if she ever got a below an “A” grade. She said that the first time she ever rebelled was during her prom. Her parents would only allow her to attend prom if she comes home by 9 pm, so she came back and jumped out of her window to go back to prom.

After practicing on Wall Street for a while, Amy wanted to be a law professor. She applied for law schools all the over the country and expected numerous acceptances after many preparations and interviews. However, with only 1 acceptance, she got 100 rejections. Calling her dad, who is a professor at Stanford, Amy cried and said that she would never be able to become a law professor because she was not good enough. Her dad consoled her and told her that 100 rejections meant nothing because he had more rejections when he tried to support a family as a new immigrant with poor English. Therefore, she waited. A couple months later, Duke called her and told her that there was one open position for her. She went and started to write books on the topics she fascinated. In 2001, Yale, who rejected her at the first place, invited her to join the law faculty.

The story she shared is only a small part of her life, but it reflects the belief she holds: Never say no to no. At the end of her talk, she gave 5 pieces of advice:

  1. Go for it: Never don’t do anything because of fear of failure.
  2. Don’t try to plan your life: Life is exciting, and we should keep exploring.
  3. Find your comparative advantage, embrace it, and show it.
  4. There is always light at the end of the tunnel: It opens up new opportunities when you push through, and you will end up emerging stronger.
  5. Be generous: Lightening your burden helps you to see the way ahead.

4 Fierce USA Olympic Female Athletes to Watch

Written by: Sanjna Basa

In just the last couple days, USA has become an unstoppable force in the 2016 Rio Olympics with the most medals awarded so far. Here are a couple insanely talented female athletes to look out for in these two weeks.

Katie Ledecky, Swimming

This 19 year old swimmer beat her own world record in the Women’s 400 m Freestyle Final, finishing around 5 seconds ahead of the other competitors. Then, she went on to win her second gold medal in Rio in the 200 Freestyle Final, making her an unstoppable athlete. Is there more gold in the forecast for Ledecky?

 

Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Starring on the cover of Time magazine and praised for her amazing tumbles and twists, Simone Biles has become one of the most watched and anticipated athletes this season. Just last night, she helped her team bring home gold for Women’s Gymnastics Team All-around for the second consecutive year, and soon we’ll watch her compete in the Individual All-Around with teammate, Ally Raisman. USA Gymnastics is killing the game, and many say Biles may be the first female Olympic gymnast to win five gold medals in one season.

 

Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball

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38 year old beach volleyball player AND mother, Walsh has won consecutive gold medals in 2004, 2008, and 2012 (while pregnant!). In 2016, she definitely has the lead. In 2012, Walsh and her partner, Misty May-Treanor won 21 consecutive Olympic matches and lost only one set to Austria. Now, Walsh looks to defend her undefeated title with new partner, April Ross. Bring home the gold!

 

Allyson Felix, Track and Field

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In London 2012, Felix competed in the 100 m, 200 m, 4 x 100 m relay, and 4 x 400 relay, winning gold in both relays and the 200 m. Unfortunately in 2013, she pulled her hamstring, and stopped training for nine months. Now, she’s recovered and back to win medals 4, 5, and 6 in the 200 m, 400m, and 4 x 100 relay.

Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia

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Written by: Josephine Eugene

I took a class this past fall called Creating Value in the Global Economy,  and it really opened my eyes to the different approaches that a business can take in its aims and underlying missions. Conversation regarding internationally known firms and banks seem to be ceaseless, especially at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. However, after taking this class, my fellow students and I discovered businesses that have underlying social and environmental missions. One of these businesses was Patagonia.

Patagonia is a fascinating company; it has managed to vastly grow its operations and its profit upon being founded. Their aim was never profit; rather, they upheld the idea that with approaching their business the right way, profit would be a natural result. The company donates 1% of their sales to their initiative “1% for the Planet” every year, rather than profit, even if this means potential losses. Patagonia stands as an exemplary company for others, while their CEO, Rose Marcario leads the pathway to success.

After seeking out my new interest in Patagonia and what they do, I came across the incredible work of their CEO, Rose Marcario. She had worked in the traditional business sector, including private equity, tech, and so forth, but after 25 years she came to work at Patagonia. In an article from September 2015, Fortune Magazine stated that “It all seemed, to her, to fuel a level of greed and poor decision-making that was not just unethical but also bad for people and the planet.”

“I felt myself more and more divided from my values,” Marcario said in the article. She sought out a new path for herself and met with the brilliant founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. Marcario was hired as CFO, then transitioned to COO, and was promoted to CEO in 2013. Ever since, she has been making decisions in adapting to new ways for Patagonia to utilize its returns to give back to the environment. Simultaneously, she has managed to put Patagonia on the path towards incredible financial success. The company is hoping for their most successful year yet, in reaching almost $750 million in sales, and is continuously increasing in both the annual growth rate and profits.

Marcario represents a woman who has made a name for herself in the financial world and has sought out aligning her own values with a company she works for. She has led Patagonia in edging out other companies to seek success in profits all while giving back to the environment and the community. Not only is she a woman whom I look up to tremendously, but she also personifies the mindset that we should all have in approaching success while keeping the future of our world in mind.

Women in Combat

Written By: Nicole Renteria

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In recent headlines, women have been making more appearances in large corporations across the country. Due to new data, it has been proven that the gender diversity in the boardroom has significantly increased the productivity of companies. But what about the diversity outside of the conference room, on the battlefield?

 

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has recently approved a new lift on gender restrictions in military services, allowing women to join military combat positions. This January there will now be about 220,000 jobs opened to women, originally only occupied by men. These positions range from infantry, armor, reconnaissance, and some special operations units. What does this mean for women all across our military services? If they can pass the gender-neutral performance standards and requirements, they will be able to do things such as: drive tanks and lead infantry soldiers directly into combat.

 

This new stride for gender equality caused several Marine Corps officers to raise several questions concerning the change. After numerous studies were conducted, women were proven more likely to be injured during combat, therefore slowing down some aspects of the procedures. However, Carter’s decision to diversify the infantries emphasizes the strengths women are able to bring to the Armed Forces. Similar to the work women contribute to the boardroom, they are able to enhance the productivity during combat due to personality differences. During his announcement at the Pentagon, Carter said “And even more importantly, our military will be better able to harness the skills and perspectives that talented women have to offer.”

 

Although there has been controversy surrounding this event, the overflowing support for it has been overwhelming. Carter has received support from the Army, several other infantries, and even from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. During an event in New Hampshire, Clinton praised the move and offered encouraging support for women who are qualified for these positions “to compete and win them”.

 

With only two female soldiers recorded for completing the vigorous Army’s Ranger School, there is still several obstacles in the way for women looking to join the newly offered positions. For someone who aspires to one day join the Marine Corps, it is inspiring to learn that women now have equal opportunities as men in combat. To one day apply for a position as coveted as a special operations soldiers is a dream, made reality. Women have a lot to offer, whether that’s in the boardroom or in combat, and to be able to fight for the same job as a man is tremendously important.

BU’s Female Leaders

Interview conducted by: Esha Deshmukh

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When I thinking about interviewing a female leader on campus, my friend Dana was one of the first people who came to mind. Dana Fryer is a sophomore at Boston University, who participates in several activities such as RHA and helping out with BU Admissions and takes on multiple leadership roles. She is a Dietetics major in Sargent College and hopes to have a private practice someday.

 

Esha: What activities do you participate in, both on and off campus?

 

Dana: I am very involved with activities on campus. I am a tour guide with BU Admissions, a Dean’s Host for Sargent College, and I am the secretary for the Brownstones Residence Hall Association. I also work as a student manager at a food court on campus as well as intern at a private practice in Brookline.

 

E: For your leadership roles such as Dean’s Host and Student Manager, what qualities do you think are important to possess? (For example, good communication skills, being flexible, etc.)

 

D: For my leadership roles, one of the most important qualities is being able to take responsibility. Often it is easiest to push work onto other team members, but it is important to fulfill all assigned tasks. Another important skill is to be able to effectively communicate with others. Whether it is disciplining, assigning a task, or exchanging information, unclear communication can cause difficulty in getting the intended message across. It is also important to be a fair and consistent leader. There are times where your coworkers or employees do not reach expectations and it is important to know how to properly deal with each situation.

 

E: Do you have advice for students at Boston University to take leadership roles on campus?

 

D: My advice to students interested in getting into leadership roles on campus is to apply to anything they are interested in. I feel that many people are often deterred from applying to roles because they do not think they can get it. A strong interview can make a big difference even if you lack prior experience in a certain role.

 

E: As you know, herNetwork is a Women in Business club, so do you have any advice for female students in particular about getting involved in leadership roles?

 

D: My advice to female students, in particular, is to be confident in who you are. Your biggest supporter is yourself and believing in yourself can go a long way.