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Women of the Week

Each week we will feature a new DePauw student and faculty/staff member to highlight their accomplishments and contributions.

Name: Marina Lazic

Major: Sociology

Class Standing: Junior

Hometown: Indianapolis

 

  1. Who is/was an important woman in your life? My cousin Michelle.  She was a DePauw grad and taught me that no matter what life throws at you that everything will work out and be okay. 
  2. What class (taught or taken) was most transformative for you? Contemporary society with professor Kane.  This intro class showed me what I am truly passionate for education wise here at DePauw.
  3. What issues affecting women are most important to you? Being equal in the workforce.  I work hard to get my education and want to have a fair standing against men and women alike. 
  4. If you could invite one woman to speak on campus, who would it be and why?
    Emma Watson.  She recently gained a lot of media attention, but I always thought she was someone to look up to.  A lot of stars from my childhood grew up and let the fame get to them in a way.  Yet here she is a woman my age, who is very successful and still standing up for herself against the media with what she believes in.  I believe she’s a powerful woman in the best ways. 
  5. What message would you most like to get out to young girls? That they can be themselves and not to worry about what society thinks.  If they want to be a tomboy, they should be able to be a tomboy without any negative stereotypes associated with that word affecting them.  If they are heavy, thin, tall, short, they are all beautiful and powerful in their own ways and are always positively affecting the world. 
  6. Favorite superheroine- Wonder Woman, Buffy, Storm, Arwen, Elektra, Xena, or other?
    Buffy
  7. What is one of your earliest memories of being a feminist? I don’t remember ever really considering myself a feminist.  My earliest memories of having more feminist ideas were probably from early high school.  There was a time when the “make me a sandwich” joke was very popular, and I remember getting very offended when my boyfriend at the time would try and say something like that to me.  Even then I felt that he was saying it because I was a woman and he felt more superior than me. 
  8. Where did you grow up or go to school and how did/does that affect you?
    I went to a large public school in the Indianapolis area.  It greatly showed me diversity and helped keep me open to the possibilities that our world has but our society shelters with racial stereotypes.  It helped show me what white privilege was before I even came to DePauw. 
  9. Who is your favorite author/musician/artist, and why do you enjoy his/her work so much?
    I honestly don’t have a favorite.  I listen to so many different kinds of music that no one artist stands out in my mind.  I enjoy specific songs more than the artist themselves. 
  10. When did you first realize that you have the power to make a positive change in society?
    I don’t think it was ever an active thought.  I typically consider myself a shy person, but if someone says something that I strongly disagree with I’ve never been afraid to speak up.  I think that in itself is enough for anyone to make positive changes.  People often say things without even realizing that they can be hurtful and someone needs to tell them that, and I like being that person sometimes. 

 

Name: Katie Mathews

Major:(DPU alumni - Physics Major, Computer Science & Math Minor

Class Standing: Alumni

Hometown (students):

Position on campus: Graduate Assistant Women’s Basketball Team

Where did you grow up: St. Louis, MO

 

  1. Who is/was an important woman in your life? My mom. The amount of love my mom puts out is unmatchable but I can try. Also my girlfriend. Besides fully supporting me as a person and in my endeavors, she inspires me with her passions. She currently works with St. Louis City high schools in prevention education (against sexual violence; identities; healthy relationships). 
  2. What class (taught or taken) was most transformative for you? The classes I am taking right now in the Education Masters program at the University of Illinois (focus of Technology, Curriculum, and Education Reform): New Learning and Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Education.
  3. What issues affecting women are most important to you? The confidence gap, women typically have lower self-esteem than men. It is at the heart of other issues I care about like women in science or women being underrepresented in leadership roles.
  4. If you could invite one woman to speak on campus, who would it be and why?
     Mia Hamm. She has been an inspiration ever since I was young. She broke the glass ceiling for women in athletics and made it possible for little girls to dream about careers in male dominated fields. Her work ethic, drive, I even remember thinking to myself (in various situations, not just athletic ones) when I was younger “if Mia Hamm can do it, then I can.”  
  5. What message would you most like to get out to young girls? “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau; Too many girls let fear drive them off the paths they want.
  6. What is one of your earliest memories of being a feminist? Definitely on the playground in grade school and middle school. I would always challenge the boys to one on one basketball games whenever they would say something demeaning about my athletic ability. I proved them wrong. haha
  7. Where did you grow up or go to school and how did/does that affect you?
     In high school I attended an all girl’s school (Nerinx Hall High School, St. Louis) whose mission was to empower girls to leave their mark on the world. It gave me the awareness of the world I lived in, the power to question and not just accept, and the confidence that I could change or do anything I wanted to. Its impact was so strong, that N=now I find a passion in passing this gift to others. I like empowering women to chase their dreams whether that be through coaching basketball or teaching in a women’s prison or by example.
  8. Who is your favorite author/musician/artist, and why do you enjoy his/her work so much?
     
  9. When did you first realize that you have the power to make a positive change in society? 
    In high school. Through basketball I noticed that I brought out the best in my teammates… in their play, their confidence, and their attitudes. I also tutored a girl who was severely struggling with algebra. She would physically sweat while doing a math problem because she was so nervous to get it wrong. Her teacher overheard me tutoring her one time and told me the next day that I had not only improved her math skills but also give her the confidence that she needed to solve the problems.

 

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