Caryn McTighe Musil
It set me on a careeer path in academia and given my age meant I was among the first wave of women breaking barriers--even in English--and not managing to break down others. I was attracted to English because it allowed me to ask many interdiscipinary questions about history, sociology, philosophy, religion, anthropology, and psychology. That multi-pronged set of big questions about human beings and society made women's studies a natural direction to combine with English. As I moved into non-profit administrative work, being an English major meant I was a good writer which served me especially well in successfully crafting grants, editing journals, writing appeal letters for funds, establishing a women's studies journal, and ultimately in speaking since it helped me remember how important it is to touch people's hearts and souls and not just their minds.