C4W Board Member Profile: Alison Piepmeier

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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