• “Beautiful Little Feminist: Daisy’s perspective in The Great Gatsby”

      Lauria, Joan (2019-12)
      “Beautiful Little Feminist: Daisy’s Perspective in The Great Gatsby ” examines the backstory of Daisy Buchanan, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous character. The project has two parts: a creative short story and a supplemental research portion in which I researched the lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Ginevra King. The short story acts as a prologue to the famous novel, taking place during the month of October 1917 when Daisy and Gatsby first met. I carefully picked specific details that paralleled with the lives of both Zelda and Ginevra in order to authentically represent their voices, while also crafting a distinct aura that would align with the fictionalized characteristics of Daisy Buchanan. This creative thesis project is a “herstory” of Daisy Buchanan’s adolescence, debunking her villainous name and suggesting a feminist background in a time of emerging activism.
    • Far too radical, then and now: an examination of women’s body autonomy through the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Margaret Sanger

      Mercer, Scout (2018-05)
      In this paper, I plan on showing the extraordinary and radical lives to two progressive feminists, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Margaret Sanger, and how their platforms for women’s body autonomy are still valuable and necessary as women’s bodies are continuously dragged into politics. This paper will explore just how politicized women’s rights to their own bodies has been, through the necessity of combating legal and social codes targeting women. I plan on comparing Stanton and Sanger, in their lives and activism, to see what aspects of their work made them valuable for the women’s rights movement. I will also bring the history of women’s reproductive rights into the present, and how similar Stanton and Sanger’s arguments for autonomy to the modern political climate concerning women’s autonomy.