This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Allison Tsay ’19

Allison Tsay WCW

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: Allison Tsay, Harvard College ’19

Why she’s our #WCW: Nominator Owen Ojo writes, “She’s just amazing! She is the sweetest and one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. She’s constantly challenging society’s views of women through open, honest discussion and she’s always sending the most thought provoking articles about women and their opinions of themselves. She also founded and ran a computer science for girls program in her home state and is also a proud Woman in Engineering and soon to be Woman in CS. She has even inspired me to conquer one of my greatest fears: taking a computer science class.”


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

 

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This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Shirley Chisholm

Laura Mvula WCW
Photo provided by Flickr’s Creative Commons

We’re celebrating this week’s woman crush, Shirley Chisholm as part of Black History Month. Shirley was the first African American woman elected to Congress, where she represented the 12th District of New York (which includes parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan). When she was placed on the Agriculture committee, one that was not any of her choices, she decided to stand up for herself and stated her case to the Democratic caucus, who replaced her to the Veterans’ Affairs committee. Shirley did not take no for an answer.

In the 1972 presidential election, she was the first woman to run for the Democratic ticket, as well as the first black candidate for President. Though she paved the way for both of the 2008 Democratic frontrunners, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Chisholm actually didn’t like that the attention that her campaign received was because she was a “first” or that it was a “symbolic” moment. Instead, sticking true to her constituents and the beliefs she held dearly (her slogan was “Unbought and Unbossed”), she aspired to be seen as a “real, viable candidate.”

Here’s to Shirley Chisholm, a woman who is a true inspiration.

This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Lucía De Bernardo

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Picture Provided by nominator Ariana Akbari

This week’s Woman Crush Wednesday (or should we say Harvard College Women Crush Wednesday #HCWCW to combine our hashtags) is Lucía De Bernardo, a senior in Currier House concentrating in Romance Languages and Literatures with a focus field in Catholic Hispanic, Latin American, and Italian Studies. She was nominated by her friend Ariana Akbari, who says that she is “one of the most amazing women [she has] ever had the pleasure of being able to meet and somehow be able to call a friend.” Lucía seems to be the ultimate Galentine; she’s involved in an insane number of events and organizations across campus like Latinas Unidas, Fuerza Unida, Citizenship Tutoring at the Institute of Politics, the Politics of Race and Ethnicity group, the Women’s Initiative in Leadership, and is even a Bureau of Study Council tutor. On top of all of this, she has brought a branch of the Opus Dei Circle (a religious group) to Harvard as part of the Student Association, showing her passion, dedication, and tenacity.

However, beyond all of these activities, Lucía is an amazing, beautiful soul. She, quoting Ariana, is “an example of a poised, genuinely good-hearted, kind, beautiful, driven, fiercely intelligent, and thoughtful individual. In a world where people seem to lack all of many of these qualities, Lucía stands out as a star.”

Do you have a Woman Crush, or a Galentine in your life? Join us at our Freshmen Representatives’ Galentine’s Day event this Friday from 3-5!

This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula WCWEach 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: Laura Mvula is an amazing singer/songwriter/musician from England whose latest video, Overcome, a collaboration with Niles Rodgers, was released on January 22, 2016.

Why she’s our #WCW: Laura Mvula is an artist who uses her medium, music, to tell stories about identity and power. Ms. Mvula says of her new single, “Overcome is what I think joy feels like – eventually. We’re all going through something but even ‘the caged bird sings of freedom’.”

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauramvulamusic/

website: http://www.lauramvula.com

twitter: https://twitter.com/lauramvula or @lauramvula

spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/0Dy94lW3txJhWQHqNXP1BT


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