Vrinda Trivedi '18

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I identify as a South African- Indian- American woman, and I am a junior double major in Political Science, with a concentration in Comparative Politics, and WGSS. I was born in Durban, South Africa, but I grew up in Strongsville, Ohio. I went to Strongsville High School.

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

I took Intro to WGSS in the spring of my freshman year, with Dr. Debotri Dhar, who taught in WGSS at the College of Wooster from 2014-2015. I was both shocked and comforted that a discipline like WGSS existed, and it very quickly became more than just a class to me, and I decided to major in WGSS. WGSS struck me as a discipline that I could make my own, which is something that I had never experienced before with other subjects, and I embraced how WGSS allows me to create a unique narrative that is distinctly mine.

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

My favorite thing about studying WGSS as a major at the College of Wooster is how genuinely invested the department is in the success and well-being of their students. Because of how small the department is, I have gotten to form really wonderful relationships with all my professors, including those who teach cross-listed courses. I really appreciate being able to walk into a professor’s office and have substantive conversations on a variety of topics.

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

Because of how adaptable and relevant WGSS is to every single discipline and career option, I’ve spent a lot of time deciding how I will use my academic background in WGSS in the future. I am currently thinking about working in the public sector, specifically with South Asian women, immediately after I graduate. I then plan on going to law school for human rights and international law after spending a couple of years working in the public sector.

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

I was criticized recently for constantly trying to “break down” cannon, and for questioning established methodologies. Clearly, I took this as a compliment and attribute this habit to my WGSS background that stresses the importance of thinking very critically with the hopes of identifying how different spaces and concepts can be made more intersectional and feminist.

Who is your favorite feminist icon and why?

Besides my empowering parents who continue to fuel my feminist fire in the most supportive way, I would say that one of my favorite feminists is Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) who was an acclaimed Indian-Hungarian artist. Sher-Gil’s work focuses primarily on portraits of South Asian women and girls. Historically (and even now), the fine arts have been inaccessible to a variety of minority groups, including South Asian women. Amrita Sher-Gil was one of the first South Asian women whose work was recognized by the international art community, and she paved the way for thousands of other women of color.