Fearless Female Interview: Meaghan

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Favorite motivational quote by said woman or just in general?

“Our unity is our strength & our diversity is or power.” - Kamala Harris

 

What’s your dream career?

My dream career is what I am currently aspiring to achieve. I would love to head a psychiatric unit in an urban city where the patients of the unit are treated with dignity and respect while also being key people in their own recovery process. I want to be able to provide adequate and meaningful care to people even if they cannot afford it. I plan on doing this through public advocacy, fundraising through raising awareness of mental health conditions, and writing grants to support my vision and services provided. My goal for my psychiatric unit will incorporate facets of the Peer Recovery Movement and have peers on the unit as paid employees.This unit will be an exemplary model for future psychiatric units in order to decrease stigma, create change talk, and encompass empathy and compassion for people going through difficult times.

 

What does a fearless female look like to you?

A fearless female to me, looks like anyone. It is someone who is passionate, driven and who focuses not only their success, but they actually are the change they want to see. They embody the spirit of progression and are okay  with making mistakes and use them as learning experiences . A fearless female wears their heart on their sleeve and pours their devotion into any cause they believe is going to render meaningful change. A fearless female is someone who is okay with asking questions and going that extra step, the road less traveled, in order to achieve whatever success looks like in their eyes.

 

What are you tips for being a fearless female?

My tips for being a fearless female are:

  • Be mindful of everyone’s unique experience

  • Do not allow yourself to compare yourself to others

  • Ask questions A L W A Y S (no question is a stupid question- seriously)

  • Embrace  your individuality

  • Take care of yourself before you take care of others

 

How do you work to make your feminism intersectional?

In my line of work it is essential to be mindful of everyone and everything around me. In order to make sure that my feminism is intersectional, I create conversation and educate myself on things I do not know nor understand fully. This means having uncomfortable conversations as well- no one said being an agent of change was easy. I am a true believer that we are afraid of what we don’t know and we put up a wall up to differing opinions because of this fear. I always pose myself as a person who is ever-learning, asking questions when appropriate, seeking resources for better understanding, and appreciating the opportunity to live and learn in this diverse world of ours. Acknowledging that I may have at one point misunderstood something and that part of progressing into a person that I want to be, I embrace the change and in turn continue to learn about others and incorporate it into my daily life. Incorporating intersectionality into my feminism is incorporating intersectionality into my daily mantra. Being open to different people and opportunities is critical in order to break stereotypes and expand our singular realm of understanding and make it multi-dimensional.