Mary Beth (Asmussen) Maginn

Graduation year:

2003

Majors/Minors:

Film Television & Theatre (major); Gender Studies (minor)

Current occupation:

Consultant (healthcare IT strategy)

Favorite Gender Studies class/professor/memory from your experience at Notre Dame:

Professor Sophie White’s class – history of clothing.

Your experience with Gender Studies/gender issues at Notre Dame:

I participated in the Vagina Monologues the first 2 years.

How your Gender Studies education has impacted your life:

Gender issues are always in the back of my mind, in every professional or personal situation. Personally, I find myself raising awareness of gender issues to others. Professionally, I am always aware of how my clients treat men and women differently. It is difficult to be aware of this and not feel like there is much that I can do… it just seems to be the way things are, and women have to prove themselves much harder than men. I just continue to work to prove myself to gain respect as a professional woman, and raise awareness when I can.

Your hopes for the future of Gender Studies at Notre Dame:

I hope the program continues to grow with more participants and more course offerings. I would love to see a gender studies class be a requirement in the College of Arts and Letters!!