Congratulations Class of 2017!

Today some of our own PWA Board crossed the stage and received their degrees. We are so proud of the Class of 2017 and cannot wait to see what the future had in store for you.

To honor this special day, we are sharing some wise pieces of advice and wisdom –  some from our own board members and others you will recognize.

Take full advantage of the power of your cohort, across programs. This is the strongest team I’ve been a part of, and I’m a better feminist, woman, and person in general just for showing up.” – Christina Baghdasarian, MPP ’17, PWA Finance Chair 

“Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” — Amy Poehler

I don’t have my own words of wisdom, but I try to follow Tracee Ellis Ross’s advice: choose compassion over judgement and curiosity over fear. Graduate school will be overwhelming, frustrating, and a little scary at times – it’s also an amazing opportunity to be compassionate and curious. I fail often, but it’s a northern star to work towards.” – Rachel Huguet, MPP ’17, PWA President

“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” — Nora Ephron

“A quote by lawyer Ben Ferencz struck me the other day as I reflected on graduate school –  ‘It takes courage not to be discouraged.’ So many of the issues we look to address are overwhelming. School is often times overwhelming. Our fight for equality is certainly overwhelming. The whole journey you are on right now is overwhelming and it is easy to be discouraged. Remember that pushing through that discouragement is an accomplishment in itself. Choose courage.” – Liz Prosch, MPP ’17, PWA Communications Chair

“As women with strong voices and strong values, you are in a unique position to support women worldwide who don’t have the resources you do, but whose lives and dreams are as worthy as yours and mine … Talent is universally distributed, but opportunity is not.” – Hillary Clinton


Congratulations Grads!


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