Note: Lachrista is one of Girl-drive.com’s new guest bloggers, more of which will be trickling out in the next couple months. Got a great idea for a guest series? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Lachrista Greco, which literally translates from Italian to the “Greek female Christ,” which couldn’t be more appropriate (not because I’m Christ-like, but because of my strong feminist beliefs). Anyway, I am a 24-year-old grad student in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at DePaul University in Chicago. Aside from school, I have a Graduate Research Assistantship within my program, in which I am co-authoring a book about the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence with Dr. Irene Beck and Dr. Beth Catlett. I have many interests within feminism, including: violence against women, the links between domestic violence and pornography, Italian women’s visual culture and identity, feminist literary criticisms, young women and pop culture, the influence of Riot Grrrl and more! I have a website and blog where I discuss my feminist views at Rebel Grrrl Italiana.
Thanks to my mom (and Bikini Kill), I have been a feminist for quite some time. I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, which made it difficult to fully engage in my feminist identity, however, I was fortunate enough to meet a few great like-minded people whom I felt I could really explore my feminist consciousness with. I went to a private Catholic college for undergrad and started the first (and only) feminist group, which was basically a consciousness-raising group for feminist-identified students. I majored in English-Writing and minored in Women’s and Gender Studies. After undergrad, I moved to Chicago to start a Master’s program.
Feminism within the academic and activist realms is incredibly important to me. Since being at DePaul, I have been an active member in the campus group, Feminist Front, and I participate yearly at the Take Back the Night rally and protest. Once I graduate, I hope to stay in Chicago and increase my involvement with feminist activism.
I’m very thankful to Nona Willis Aronowitz and Girldrive for allowing me this guest-blogging opportunity. I couldn’t be more excited!