A Women and Leadership Reflection on Rachel Carson

By Olivia Chatowski

As an Environmental Studies and Biology double major, I was thrilled to see Rachel Carson’s mini-bio amongst the rest of the female leader bios. After hearing about Carson’s legacy in my classes and reading pieces from her work I have always admired her. I am especially impressed with the impact she had on society for making complex environmental theories or ideas very accessible to the public to share the urgency and necessity of taking care of the environment. 

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Sandra Day O’Connor: A Woman Who Rose to the Top

Abigail Hauer ’20

On our Women and Leadership trip to Washington DC over spring break, we visited the United States Supreme Court.  After having a private tour of the Court, including a tour of the actual Courtroom, the women of our group stopped at the temporary exhibit about the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.

 

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Navigating the Labyrinth

Emily Dalgleish ’22

From a young age, I have received a lot of support from my parents, teachers, coaches, and peers in becoming a leader. I am privileged in that I have not faced any grand obstacle that has prevented me from success. Instead, it is the smaller moments of prejudice that lead me to self-doubt and confusion. The feeling of being lost in my leadership has been a consistent experience in my development as a leader. For that reason, I believe that in their essay Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership, Eagly’s and Carli’s description of the challenges of leadership as a woman as a labyrinth rather than a glass ceiling, is very fitting.  

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Sexuality and the “Demands of Family Life”

Brianna Bruccoleri ’21

Coming into this program focused on women and leadership, I knew I would share a perspective which differs from the majority of my peers mainly due to my sexuality: I identify as a gay woman. While reading, my sexuality became incredibly pertinent. For example, when reading about leadership styles of men and women, I felt myself identifying more so with the leadership traits associated with masculinity. However, the Demands of Family Life section truly and most apparently gave me a perspective which I have never had to consider.

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Doing Gender

Keyshla Guillon ’19

Keyshla Guillon ’19, Women and Leadership Participant

The first chapter of the book On Women and Leadership confirmed most of the things I believed were true. I remember when I was younger, I dressed like a tomboy. Nobody around me understood why I liked the things I liked, being a girl. Instead of being with my older sister, I would always be with my younger brother. We were closer in age and had similar interests. He liked playing video games and so did I. He liked riding bikes and running around the park without caring about getting dirt on his shoes. So did I.

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