By Laura Weiss on October 31, 2019
"During my time at RepresentWomen, I look forward to adding my passion as a feminist and my skills to help with the work started by the incredible people working here. Beyond this, I hope to learn more about the status of women's representation and leadership in my home country before taking what I have learned into the international realm."
My name is Laura Weiss and I am a communications intern at RepresentWomen this fall. I received my undergraduate degree in 2018 from Colgate University with a major in international relations and a minor in women’s studies. Throughout my time in college, I had the opportunity to combine my two academic passions in almost every course I took. My favorite paper was about the YPJ, the Women’s Protection Units, fighting against the Islamic State in Syria. Currently, I am studying at The George Washington University to obtain my Master’s in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and in Global Gender Policy.
From a young age, I was a feminist, although, I would never have dared to call myself that until my first year of college. In elementary school, I saw the differences in the ways teachers treated the boys and the girls. I saw how sports were aimed mostly at boys, and that girls never played them during recess. Despite this, I played soccer for over fifteen years, stopping just before college. I also grew up dancing, and noticed that there was rarely a boy in my classes. Even when there was, he was made fun of. I always thought it was weird that we never had a woman president, and I never understood why there was this dichotomy between men and women. As I reached high school, my passion for gender equality increased as I started learning more about how societal and governmental norms have influenced how people act and are treated.
But it wasn’t until I was at Colgate and in my first year seminar course, Intro to Women’s Studies, that I finally became comfortable with the term feminism. Before, I never understood why it placed an emphasis on women, but the emphasis on women is important because it is women who are still treated unequal to men. My brand of feminism is inter-sectional, meaning that it’s not just gender and sex that play a role, but race, religion, age, sexuality, ability, and plenty of other factors do, too. During my time at RepresentWomen, I look forward to adding my passion as a feminist and my skills to help with the work started by the incredible people working here. Beyond this, I hope to learn more about the status of women's representation and leadership in my home country before taking what I have learned into the international realm.
When I am not working or in class, I like to catch up on my Netflix shows (currently watching The Great British Baking Show and binging a Turkish soap opera called Kurt Seyit ve Sura). I am trying to find a dance studio/classes to take; I am a tap dancer who has dabbled in most forms of classical dance and is looking to learn ballroom. I also like making jewelry and beading. I baby and dog-sit on the weekends, and am currently looking for more dogs to watch.