This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Archana Somasegar ’18!

Photo supplied by Archana Somasegar and Sally Yi, Archana's #WCW Nominator!
Photo supplied by Archana Somasegar and Sally Yi, Archana’s #WCW Nominator!

Each week HCWC will spotlight a woman within the Harvard community or beyond whose work and actions we deem to be “crush worthy.” We encourage you to participate in our #WCW  via your various social media platforms by sharing the women we honor each week to bring light to their important work.

Who she is: Archana Somasegar ’18

Why she’s our #WCW: Archana was recently the United States delegate at the G(irls) 20 Summit in Turkey, a conference where girls from 20 different countries convened to discuss female economic empowerment. According to the conference website, Archana has “travelled to Peru for a month-long service and cultural immersion program to improve her Spanish fluency, serve on the teenage board for the United Nations Foundation, and served as the President for the regional chapter of Circle of Women. She planned and executed a project to create vocational training infrastructure in India for underprivileged or domestically abused women.”


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This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Octavia Butler

Photo courtesy of Nikolas Coukouma
Photo courtesy of Nikolas Coukouma

Each week HCWC will spotlight a woman within the Harvard community or beyond whose work and actions we deem to be “crush worthy.” We encourage you to participate in our #WCW  via your various social media platforms by sharing the women we honor each week to bring light to their important work.

Who she is: Octavia Butler, science fiction writer

Why she’s our #WCW: People tend to think of science fiction as a genre mostly written by and for white men, and Octavia Butler was an amazing black author who basically shatters that assumption. Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards (multiple times), she was also the first sci-fi writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship (genius grant) in 1995. Her work has added to sci-fi in its critique of hierarchical violence and its explorations of what it could mean to be human.


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This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Mindy Kaling

Mindy WCW
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Each week HCWC will spotlight a woman within the Harvard community or beyond whose work and actions we deem to be “crush worthy.” We encourage you to participate in our #WCW  via your various social media platforms by sharing the women we honor each week to bring light to their important work.

Who she is: Mindy Kaling, actress, comedian and writer

Why she’s our #WCW: #WCW nominator Kate Gehling said the following: “Mindy Kaling inspires me because she’s smart, hard-working, and hilarious to boot! One of my favorite things about her is that she promotes hard-work and independence. She got where she is today — an accomplished writer, comedian, and actress with her own TV show, to name a few things — by working her way up the ranks and proving herself by pure will and talent alone. She also consistently defies limiting and sexist conceptions of beauty as a confident woman of color who is not model-skinny. In fact, she often diverts the conversation away from her looks, calling out reporters who will talk to men about their art but only want to talk to women about their appearance. She challenges flawed narratives about women and people of color and is groundbreaking as one of the first Indian-American women to make it big.”


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This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Kirin Gupta ’16

Photo courtesy of Kirin Gupta
Photo courtesy of Kirin Gupta

Each week HCWC will spotlight a woman within the Harvard community or beyond whose work and actions we deem to be “crush worthy.” We encourage you to participate in our #WCW  via your various social media platforms by sharing the women we honor each week to bring light to their important work.

Who she is: Kirin Gupta, Harvard College Class of 2016

Why she’s our #WCW: Last year when the media was abuzz about the Anal Sex 101 workshop planned for Sex Week, Kirin engaged with MTV, gave a smashing interview and defended the workshop as a crucial piece of sex education that doesn’t often get addressed. In her statements, she advocated for consent culture and openness around aspects of sexuality that are generally taboo. Let’s hope for more work like this in this year’s Sex Week!

We congratulate Kirin for her dedication to these topics, her work at the Harvard Foundation and on the Honor Council, and her brilliant presence within the campus community!


To nominate another #WCW, please use our form! Happy #WCW from #HCWC!