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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: Erin Cathleen Mann
Major: Communication
Class Standing: Senior
Hometown: Rocky River, Ohio  

  1. Who is/was an important woman in your life? My mom, Lucy. She’s been a really incredible role model for me my whole life. She expects nothing but the absolute best from me and my sister, and in return gives us her absolute best. My mom is very caring and loving and feels things very deeply like I do, but is also very strict and doesn’t accept a lack of effort or wasted talent. She has really emphasized the need to be an individual who is proper and poised and prepared, and has made me learn how to be those things, whether it’s ironing my clothing the night before work/class, or practicing a presentation a thousand times until it’s absolutely perfect. She believes in the evolution of tradition, and I think that’s something that’s been lost among a lot of people, but I really love her thought process.
  2. What issues affecting women are most important to you? This answer is hard for me to answer…I’m a supporter of all humans. I love humans. My answer may place a binary gender distinction on the issue I’m talking about, and I apologize if I don’t feel I can properly articulate how this issue is also challenging to those in the world who do not identify as one gender or the other, because I’m just not sure.
    I think the misunderstanding of what a “feminist” is, is the biggest problem facing women and the most important issue to me. I like to think of myself as an “Emma Watson” feminist, believing that the presence of a father in a young child’s life is just as important as the presence of a mother, and a girl who plays sports in just as strong as a boy who plays sports, but understanding, acknowledging, and cherishing the differences between the genders, and more importantly, knowing, understanding, acknowledging, and cherishing the importance of both genders in society. I think too many people equate “feminism” with man-hating or believing that women are better or more superior or greater in some ways than men, and I think there are women out there who believe that, too. And I think that’s the greatest challenge facing women, because isn’t that exactly why there’s a need for “feminism?” Because a group of men thought that males were better, more superior, greater than females?
  3. If you could invite one woman to speak on campus, who would it be and why?
     Emma Watson, I think her “HeForShe” campaign is refreshing, exciting, and calls for cooperation and sensitivity among all people.
  4. What message would you most like to get out to young girls? Do your best, the first time, every time. It’s the same message I would give to young boys, though.
  5. Favorite superheroine?  Is Betty White a super hero?
  6. Where did you grow up or go to school and how did/does that affect you?I went to an absolutely incredible, private, all girls high school, and it forever changed the way I look at the world. My school, Hathaway Brown, fostered growth for girls through unique experiences. HB was founded when five girls knocked on the doors of a military academy and demanded to be able to take classes in the late 1800s. The spirit of the founders has never been lost within the halls of the school. Each girl who passed through those doors was encouraged to be the best they could be, do the best they could do, and be an example of empowerment.
  7. Who is your favorite author/musician/artist, and why do you enjoy his/her work so much?
      This is a really, really hard question! I love so many…but my favorite musical artist is Elvis Presley. I have studied him, I’ve written papers on him, and I’ve really just always been drawn to him. He had a voice as smooth as butter, he was vivacious and exciting and challenged norms, and not to mention he was absolutely beautiful to look at.
  8. When did you first realize that you have the power to make a positive change in society? 
    I don’t know if this is when I first realized I have the power to make a positive change in society, but I think it’s when I started looking at the world like a puppy does. It sounds strange, but most puppies are playful, happy, and see everyone they meet as the best person in the world. They don’t see individual flaws, they don’t think you messed up at work, they don’t see mistakes you’ve made or things you’re working through. Puppies see humans as the source of happiness, as someone new to love and get to know and make their life a little better. That’s how I try and live my life, and if you ask anyone who knows me, I think they’d say it works. I’m a happy human, I choose to be optimistic 99.5% of the time, and people are drawn to happiness, and if I can help be the source of happiness for someone, then I’m for sure making a positive change in society.  

 

Name: Sarah Lee

Position on campus: Assistant Professor of Biology

Where did you grow up: Grayslake, IL

  1. Who is/was an important woman in your life? Mrs. Steiner, my 3rd grade Science teacher
  2. What issues affecting women are most important to you? As a professor, I spend a lot of time thinking about equity and bias in the classroom. 
  3. What message would you most like to get out to young girls? Math and science are for girls!
  4. Favorite superheroine?  Does Miss Marple count? 
  5. Who is your favorite author/musician/artist, and why do you enjoy his/her work so much?
      I am a huge fan of Nikki Giovanni.  Her poetry flips a switch in my brain. 

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