Collaboration on Display

Ethics and art students collaborate to honor female role models at Thacher.
As part of a gender inequality unit, Mr. Carney’s ethics class discussed a 2012 article in The Atlantic by Ann-Marie Slaughter titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” They followed up by interviewing women on campus who they saw as role models; asking about work/life balance. Ms. Mahoney’s art class created portraits of these Thacher women. The collaborative project is hanging in the GATES building.

Here are short excerpts from some of the interviews, and the corresponding portraits:

“Motherhood is a ‘take on everything’ job where you have to attend to every aspect of your child’s life. Unlike a job, you are never off the clock.” Marcy Sanchez (assistant to the facilities director) explained the challenges of dual responsibilities to Kennedy ’21. Portrait by Ami ’22.

Sophie ’21 wrote of Ms. Carney (psychology teacher), “She is a source of wisdom, light, and comfort.” Portrait by Ami ’22.

“I had to give up that dream of fame and fortune because I was missing my kids,” Kamala Qalandar (director of the GATES center) told Cooper ’21 about changes in her professional goals. Portrait by Kamyah ’22.

“I was always throwing up one ball to catch two,” Carin Yates (photographer and photography teacher) explained the lack of work/life balance to Owen ’21. Portrait by Talia ’22.

Speaking to Elliot ’21, Dr. Gina Green (history teacher) said that the expectation that she take on the child-rearing role was societal; her husband didn’t expect that of her. Portrait by Lia ’22.

“[Ms. Berner] (English teacher and mindfulness instructor) has an inspiring level of emotional intelligence and works to relieve many of the struggles students face,” wrote Erik ’21. Portrait by Lia ’22.

(5/14/2021 This article was edited to correct portrait attributions.)

Though achieving both professional and personal goals can be difficult, Megan Hooker (ceramics teacher) told Tyler ’21 that “women are capable of anything.” Portrait by Ami ’22.
“Ms. Pidduck (head of school) believes that the notion of ‘having it all’ is a myth because of the unrealistic standards that society places on women,” wrote Joi ’21 after their interview. Portrait by Dylan ’22

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