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7 Carleton Grads Who Prove Women Can Be Anything They Want to Be

Kirsten is a fourth-year journalism student.

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7 Carleton Grads Who Prove Women Can Be Anything They Want to Be

Kirsten is a fourth-year journalism student.

In light of International Women’s Day, marked annually on March 8, we’re highlighting a few of Carleton’s female success stories. Here are seven women graduates of Carleton who demonstrate the amazing things women are capable of achieving.

1. Sara Gruen

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Author Sara Gruen’s novel Water for Elephants is a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a film in 2011, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

2. Shona Brown

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Dr. Shona Brown is Google’s vice-president of business operations. Before this gig, she studied Economics and Philosophy at Oxford University in England, as a Rhodes Scholar. Information can be found on Carleton’s Alumni page, here.

3. Alison Korn

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While completing a journalism degree at Carleton, Alison Korn earned a silver medal in the 1996 summer Olympics as a member of Canada’s national rowing team, and then a bronze in the 2000 Summer Games. Information and original image can be found on Carleton’s Alumni page, here.

4. Llorna de Blicquy

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Lorna de Blicquy was a pilot, exploring the skies across Canada and abroad. She was the first Canadian to be inducted into the International Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame. Information can be found on Carleton’s Alumni page, here. Image can be found here.

5. Elissa Golberg

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A Canadian diplomat since 1996, Elissa Golberg has worked on conflict management in the Middle East, serving as the Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. She has received numerous honours, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Public Service. Information and image can be found on Carleton’s Alumni page, here

6. Ruth Bell

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Ruth Bell has been a strong advocate for the advancement of women’s rights and was one of the initial members of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Information and photo can be found on Carleton’s Alumni page, here.

7. Maude Barlow

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In addition to receiving six honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, Maude Barlow is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, the largest citizen’s advocacy organization in Canada. She has been a strong advocate of feminism, social justice and the right to water and is also the author and co-author of 15 books. Information can be found on Carleton’s Alumni page, here.

One response to “7 Carleton Grads Who Prove Women Can Be Anything They Want to Be”

  1. Jessica Mullin says:

    Great article!
    I didn’t know where to write to about this so I figure the appropriate people will see it here: this article should really be titled using “women” and not “female.”

    Female is specific to a type of anatomy, whereas women includes all who identify as women. We can’t really know whether or not these women are cis-gendered (female), and it is also exclusionary to trans women who also make up incredible women alum at Carleton!

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