Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Taylor Johnson and I will be working with the Women’s Centre for the summer as the Communications Summer Student. I am about to enter the fourth year of my Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Calgary. I previously attended Mount Royal University where I studied Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. This was where my passion for social justice, and specifically inequalities and oppression faced by women bloomed. Since this time, I have developed a strong desire to actively fight against oppressive forces that impact the way that people are able to navigate through our society. I also like to cook, read, and hang out with my partner and our cat James.
What is your personal definition of feminism?
I believe that feminism is a movement guided by the principle of justice for all regardless of their gender identity (or any identity for that matter.)
What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?
In 2015, I was looking for a volunteer opportunity with a space that shared similar values to those of my own. After consulting with a couple of friends who were familiar with the Centre, I decided to apply to be a peer support volunteer. Throughout my time at the Women’s Centre I have also volunteered in several other capacities such as the Social Issues Committee, Girl Programs, and the Feminist Walk. The Women’s Centre is a one of a kind invaluable resource to the Calgary community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
What’s one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?
I hope to learn more about what my community needs and wants in a social worker. Even though I am not working in a social work capacity at the Women’s Centre, I will be working directly with women in the community, and I hope they may be willing to impart on me their wisdom about the world.
Describe a woman who you admire or who has influenced your life.
My mentor has been one of the most influential women in my life. She is a professor, a community activist, a researcher, and a powerful woman. Every time we meet up for coffee I walk away feeling as though I could conquer the world of oppression and injustice. It is because of her that I constantly strive to continue fighting, and continue to never apologize for being the woman that I am.