Marina Adams '18

Tell us a little bit about your background (Where are you from? What high school did you go to?)

I am a junior, double major in WGSS and History. I was born in Porto Alegre, in the far south of Brazil, but moved to the capital — Brasilia — when I was eight years old.

When and why did you decide to become a WGSS major (or minor)?

I started college in Brazil, at the University of Brasilia. During my second year there, I realized there was a huge gap in Brazilian education when it came to Women’s Studies. I decided to pursue a degree in WGSS, in order to come back to my country with the tools to fill that gap.

What is your favorite part about being a WGSS major (or minor) at the College of Wooster?

Definitely the close relationships with the professors. At The College of Wooster, we really have the opportunity to work closely with our advisors or any professor whose interest intersect with ours. This allows us to research the topics we choose, as opposed to researching whatever our professor is researching.

How do you plan on utilizing your WGSS degree after graduating?

My main goal is to go back to Brazil and engage in politics. I want to work with policies directed towards women and towards education, especially creating an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies.

What is the most interesting/important thing that you have learned or discovered by being a WGSS major (or minor)?

Being a WGSS major, I have learned how to approach my research in innovative ways. I have learned to ask questions that have not been asked before and to understand that all facets of life have been touched by gender relations and expectations in some way.

Who is your favorite feminist icon and why?

Djamila Ribeiro, an Afro Brazilian philosopher. She is a powerful voice to both the Feminist and Black movements in Brazil. I absolutely admire her resilience. Despite the backlash she receives for speaking up for black women in Brazil, she keeps reminding us every day of the interlocking oppressions they face and challenging Brazilians idea that our society is not racist.