Lily Herrmann ’19 Co-President

Double Major: French Studies & Global Studies: Human Rights/Social Justice

Schenectady, New York

Why she became a feminist: Lily became a feminist in order to actively embrace the fight for gender equity. Most importantly, Lily wishes to spread a message of equality that is more intersectional and inclusive. “Feminism is, and should be, accessible to everyone regardless of your race, sexual orientation, class, or gender. The oppression of women and girls clearly takes a variety of forms, and I believe that an inclusive brand of feminism takes into account that most people face more than one type of oppression. I also believe that there is not one single “best” way to fight against inequality, and that feminism is a movement that embraces a multitude of mediums.”

Feminist Catchphrase: “I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves.” –Roxanne Gay, Bad Feminist

Other Activities: Colby Women’s Rugby Football Club, Student Health on Campus, Colby Hall Staff, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Colby Student Alumni Association, Maine Concussion Management Initiative, Colby Cares about Kids, Colby Democrats, and the Colby Knitters.

Contact: lily.herrmann@colby.edu

Office Hours: Mondays 7-9pm, Tuesdays 11am-12pm (Pugh 232)


 

Iliana Eber ’20 Co-President

Denver, Colorado

Double Major: Global Studies and Anthropology — Minor: Jewish Studies

Why she became a feminist: “When of my favorite teachers in high school told our class that “feminism” is a dirty word, I decided to define myself as a feminist in an act of rebellion. However, I only started strongly identifying with the term after getting to Colby. Looking back on it, I think I was halfway there before I even knew I’d begun, but I never realized feminism itself encapsulates so much of what I stand for and who I strive to be. Seriously, go read the definition and tell me you disagree. Seeing the complacency of my peers and ignorance of my role-models sparked my feminist fire, and seeing how intersectional it can/should be has only made it grow. If we don’t fight for equality and look out for one another, no else will. I love breaking down barriers yet hate that it must be done so other human beings can be seen, heard, and treated as such. Feminism is still scary word to some, and I’ll be a feminist for as long as it takes to change that.”

Feminist Catchphrase: “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde

Other Colby Activities: Outing Club, CCAK, Colby Democrats, Hillel, Multi-Faith Council, Lives of Purpose, Research Assistant, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Contact: iliana.eber@colby.edu

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-12pm, Thursdays 7-9pm (Pugh 232)


 

Mattie Wyndham ’19 Director of Communications

Independent Major

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Why she became a feminist: “I first used the title “feminist” when I was about 15 or so, but I watched Xena: Warrior Princess in third grade and that’s basically the same thing. Nowadays my feminism is fueled by my need to consciously treat others and myself as fully human and find strength in oppressed gender identities.”

Feminist Catchphrase: “When a woman speaks her truth, fires up her intention and feeling, staying tight with the instinctive nature, she is singing, she is living in the wild breath stream of the soul.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Other Colby Activities: Colby Women’s Rugby, Students for Education Reform, Research Assistant


 

Maggie Burgos ’17 Cabinet Member

Double Major: Government and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Arlington, Virginia

Why she became a feminist: Burgos didn’t become a feminist as much as she was raised on the beliefs that 1) people inherently deserve respect and compassion; 2) the patriarchy harms everyone; and 3) capitalism perpetrates violence and exploitation (twas a liberal upbringing to say the least). She was also constantly surrounded by strong-female role modelz and encouraged by her family to pursue her interests and activism! Burgos’ involvement in feminist activism was sustained by her many extra-curricular activities in high-school that included receiving her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts Organization for developing a series of seminars for middle-school aged girls titled, “Media Awareness for Healthy Body Image”. Her feminist interests and activism have been furthered through her participation in the Feminist Alliance, the Pugh Center, and the WGSS department. Beyond Colby, she is constantly finding kindling for her feminist fire in the dredges of comment sections on the interwebz.

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Other Colby Activities: When she is not balling it up as President of the Feminist Alliance, Burgos plays in the forward pack for Colby Women’s Rugby Football Club, serves on the Sugaring Committee for the Colby Outing Club, works as a Sexual Violence Peer Prevention Educator and a barista at the Mary Low Coffee Haus, leads a girl’s coalition with Hardy Girls Healthy Women, is a COOT Leader for 10 amazing first year students, and is a member of Student’s Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity.


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Abby Snyder ’17 Cabinet Member

Double Major: Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Marshalltown, Iowa

How she became a feminist: “I became a feminist through Pinterest in my junior year of high school. It’s embarrassing, but I got kind of addicted to it. Reading each pin was like a mini realization, and Pinterest was the jumping off spot for then taking classes in college and looking for other feminist media.”

Feminist Catchphrase: “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.” – Audre Lorde

Other Colby Activities: The Bridge, Oak Student Committee for International Human Rights, Transgender Resources Coalition, Hardy Girls, Boys to Men, Amnesty International, Colby’s Farmers and Gardners Association, the International Club, and the Colby Outing Club, Jitney Driver, Writing Center tutor, and Research Assistant.


 

Sierra Fuller ’18 Cabinet Member

Major: Government — Minor: Philosophy

Seattle, Washington

How she became a feminist: “I read the definition of feminism and was like ‘seems legit.'”

Feminist Catchphrase: “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”

Other Colby Activities: Women’s Rugby, 2018 Class Council, Her Campus, The Echo, Broadway Musical Review, Mules Against Violence


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Olivia Ainsworth ’17 Cabinet Member

Double Major: Biology and Middle Eastern Studies, Pre-med

Dallas, Texas “aka the land of open-mindedness, equality for all, and Ted Cruz”

When she became a feminist: “I became a feminist in the womb.”

Feminist Catchphrase: “It’s hard not to feel humorless, as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening; it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.” – Roxane Gay

Other Colby Activities: Writer’s Center Tutor, Sexual Assault Prevention Peer Educator, a leader of Partners in Health Engage, CCAK mentor, member of the Goldfarb Student Advisory Committee, Ultimate Frisbee (which you should all join and yes I’m talking to you)


Chloe Powers ’19 Cabinet Member

Major: Global Studies Major — Double Minor: Anthropology and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Rockville, Maryland

Why she became a feminist: “my amazing, feminist, badass English teacher”

Feminist Catchphrase: “FEMINISTS ARE THE MAJORITY”

Other Colby Activities: Oak Student Committee, Women’s Rugby


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Eileen Hopf ’19 Cabinet Member

Undeclared Major

Salt Lake City, Utah

Why they became a feminist: “I grew up thinking feminism was the norm. When I realized it wasn’t, I decided I needed to become an active feminist.”

Feminist Catchphrase: “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will.” – Amy Schumer

Other Colby Activities: Collegium, Chorale, the Bridge, Active Minds, and SFER