Posts Tagged ‘womens studies’

C4W Business Member Profile: Mary Ross McQuage

September 9, 2011

What is your profession?  Owner of Aging Resources

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I love to spend time in the outdoors.  My husband is one of the owners of Sea Kayak Carolina and, fortunately for me, I love to go kayaking along the coast and in the rivers in our area.  I have a very impressive collection of shark’s teeth!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  Since 2008.

What inspired you to become a member?  I came to appreciate the power and significance of women as a Women’s Studies Minor at Wake Forest University.  I believe it’s so important for women to support each other, learn from one another, and to be a resource for each other.  The Center for Women provides the structure for women in our area to do all of these things and more.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Several years ago when I was going through a difficult transition in my life, I participated in a support group at the Center for Women.  I am so grateful to have had that support during that time.

I love the annual Women in Business conference.  It is so inspiring as well as an incredible venue for networking.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  It’s a constant balancing act – mother, wife, business owner, volunteer, friend, chef, housekeeper – among the roles we find ourselves in.  It’s not easy but I am grateful for every opportunity and having a lot of fun along the way!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You may have to approach your goals a little differently in this economy, but don’t let today’s economic environment be your excuse to hold yourself back.  Set your goals, get focused, seek out good mentors, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

C4W Member Profile: Tanis Jackson

May 4, 2011

What is your profession? Owner of Tanis J Events, LLC, a local event planning business

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I enjoy anything having to do with design and décor. I could watch HGTV for hours on end and would like to spend a week with Candice Olson. I am also an avid weightlifter and have been lifting for over a decade. Besides lifting myself I also like to encourage other women to strength train.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  3.5 years

What inspired you to become a member? The Center was one of the first organizations I looked for when I moved to Charleston. I have experienced the influence women can have on the world when they join together.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women has had a very positive impact on my life. I enjoy talking to likeminded women and have enjoyed the volunteer work I have done for them. I have benefitted from a number of courses that I have attended as well as having taught “Budgeting for Brides” at the Center.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Wow what a question! I might have to dig up all of my old essays from when I achieved my degree in women’s studies back in the 90’s. Women and men are treated differently from the day they are born and that nursery is painted blue or pink. I always wonder what our lives would be like if we weren’t socialized to believe that men and women are so different and rather focused on our commonalities. In my day-to-day life I like to think that I try and take into account that socialization and make choices based on what is best for me as a person. A great example is the weightlifting I mentioned. The desire to lift heavy weights to become strong is still considered the men’s domain, but I also enjoy the benefits of strength training for the mind as well as the body and won’t let the stereotype of the butchy female weightlifter deter me.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? My business motto is “Where modern ideas meet old fashioned service” but my personal motto while starting a business during this recession, was and still is “Expect to work harder, longer and for less money than anyone else, if you want even just a small shot at success”.

C4W Board Member Profile: Alison Piepmeier

January 5, 2011

What is your profession? Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and associate professor of English, College of Charleston.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? These days I’m enjoying learning all about child development, particularly for children with Down syndrome, since my two-year-old daughter Maybelle has Down syndrome.  I’m finding it exciting to learn how high my expectations for my daughter should be.  Plus, it’s great fun to hang out with a person who loves to sing, dance, and do sign language to her favorite songs.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Since I moved to Charleston in 2005.

What inspired you to become a member? My work and my passion is to make the world a better place for all of us—especially disempowered groups like women—to achieve our fullest humanity, so the Center for Women was a natural fit.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The best part of my involvement has been the wonderful women I’ve gotten to meet (some of whom are alums of CofC’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program!).

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I’m generally aware of the ways that gender affects what we do and how we’re treated—we often have some really misinformed beliefs about what gender “means” (i.e. that women are more timid, that men don’t have emotions), and often they’re hurtful.  So I go through my life trying to challenge those stereotypes where I can.


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