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Spring Edition: Celebrating Women's History

Words to live by...

         “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the               exception.”

                                                              - Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Celebrating Women's History
Heather Jones '24

March is upon us! A month dedicated to women’s stories, women’s music, women’s discoveries, women’s work, women’s lives- through all the trials and tribulations. The time is now. This is a month for women’s history. 

Women in STEM: Breaking Barriers, not Beakers
Violet Williamson '24

There has been no shortage of men pioneering the world of science. From Einstein to Newton, the names of the men historically credited with uncovering the greatest mysteries of the universe are synonymous with “genius”. But why not Lovelace? Why not Johnson? 


Existing as Girls: From Friendships to Girlhood

An important aspect of Women's History Month is talking about the everyday experiences and relationships girls and women have with each other. Join Heather Jones '24, Addison Hensler '24, and Violet Williamson '24 as they discuss their experiences as teenage girls, navigating the world. 

Legging Legs: A Threat to Young Girls Body Image

Heather Jones '24 brings us an episode from her podcast, More To Say With H.J., examining a new beauty standard trending on social media and the detrimental impact on the well-being of teenage girls and women. 


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Mrs. Kathy Maley
Voice Staff

It's no wonder why religion teacher Mrs. Maley is smiling... that's her grandson Eamon... and Mr. Maley, too! Dedicated to Catholic education for 25+ years, Mrs. Maley says, "A strong woman knows herself and keeps her values and faith in the forefront." Her advice to her teenage self would be "to live each day like it is your last. Be confident, trust your gut, and it is never too late to make a change."

Mrs. Mary Joan Maruca
Voice Staff

Notre Dame wouldn't be the same without Mrs. Maruca greeting faculty, students, and visitors. She is on the front lines each day and still manages to give everyone a smile! Mrs. Maruca says the advice she would give to her teenage self is: "Be kind to yourself.  Follow your dreams.  You can listen to other people's opinions but follow what you know in your heart.  Know that you are enough."

Coco Gauff
Violet Williamson '24

As the youngest American woman to win the US Open since 1999, Coco Gauff has won seven WTA Tour singles titles, including her major win at the 2023 US Open. Her hard work and humble attitude towards athletics have inspired other young athletes and cemented her as one of the most loved young, professional athletes. 

Mrs. Debbie Chiarello
Violet Williamson '24

Whether you're a teacher who needs a substitute or a senior who needs transcripts, you know the value Mrs. Chiarello brings to the College and School Counseling office! Mrs. Chiarello says that being a woman is showing kindness, understanding, and compassion to others. If she could go back and give her teenage self any advice it would be: "Believe in yourself! Count your blessings daily. Don't sweat over the small things. Laugh more and live each day to the fullest because life flashes by in the blink of an eye."


Michelle Obama
Voice Staff

Michelle Obama is an American lawyer and writer, as well as the first African-American  First Lady of the United States. She has become a role model for women around the globe and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and the education of international adolescent girls. 

Greta Thunberg
Violet Williamson '24

At the age of 15 in 2018, Greta Thunberg began skipping school to protest for climate change. Her strong resolve for climate activism has followed her into young adulthood, as she has continued to speak out for climate action and encouraged youth to rise up for change. 

Suzan Shown Harjo
Heather Jones '24

An advocate for Native American Rights, Suzan Shown Harjo has developed laws, led campaigns for the rights of Native Americans, and helped Indigenous People recover over one million acres of land. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Harjo the Presidential Medal of Honor.

Ms. Dana Sudziarski
Lexi Brown '24

On a daily basis, Ms. Sudziarski, Director of Technology troubleshoots tech issues for the ND community - and we are a big one! In terms of what it's like being a female in the 21st century, Ms. Sudz says, "It's being strong enough to be better than what is presumed... it is carrying all the struggles and pain endured by women who came before me and making them is working twice as hard in the workplace to be seen, heard, and is being blessed that our bodies can deliver new life into this is loving deeply and giving all you have to God, family, and friends." 

Heather Jones '24

Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman, accompanied Lewis & Clark on the Corps of Discovery when she was 16. Her service as a translator and knowledge of the terrain was most helpful to the expedition. Her calming presence was crucial to the team as well as the Native Americans they encountered.  She faced the long journey all while caring for a son, whom she bore two months before departing. 

Ms. Pamela Pirone Verdi
Voice Staff

Math teacher, Mrs. Verdi says, "Being a woman means being strong, confident, and assertive, yet kind at the same time, and staying true to your convictions while striving for the best in light of adversity. Women are great multitaskers. From having careers to raising and nurturing children, women are the backbones of families and communities."

Mrs. Maria Wise
Voice Staff

Mrs. Wise has not only dedicated 25 years to ND, working everywhere from the finance department to the discipline office, but she also has three grown children who are ND alumni. When she was young she couldn't wait to get into the workforce, but looking back she says she would advise her younger self to take a different path. "I would slow down. Take my time. Go to college! Although I've enjoyed my professional career, I wish I had started my adventure with college," said Mrs. Wise.

Ms. Courtney Ashe
Voice Staff

Social Studies teacher, Ms. Ashe loves history and has inspired many students to love the subject as well. She teaches United States History, AP European History, and an elective on genocide, for which she wrote the curriculum. Ms. Ashe says if she could go back and talk to her teenage self she would say, "Trust in who you are and what you want. It's ok to pursue the goals that you want and will make you happy, and not the things that other people think you should do."

Mary Barra
Voice Staff

For the last 10 years, Mary Barra has been the CEO of General Motors and is the first female CEO of a "Big Three" automaker. Under her leadership, the company has undergone positive cultural changes and increased profits.

Alex Morgan
Voice Staff

Soccer forward, Alex Morgan played in four FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments as a valued member of the US National Team. She welcomed her first child, a daughter named Charlie, in May of 2020 and returned to the field for the USWNT in November of 2020, just five months after giving birth.

Mrs. KellyAnne Stewart
Voice Staff

English teacher, Mrs. Stewart says she would advise her teenage self to "be authentic because if you are true to your values, morals, and principles you can achieve greatness.  Allow Jesus to have a relationship with you and take the time to discover the person he has created you to be."

Greta Gerwig
Heather Jones '24

From acting and co-writing independent films, the American writer, actress, and director, has expanded her career in successfully directing major studio films. This past year, she became the first female director to hit $1 billion at the box office for her summer blockbuster "Barbie". 

Rosa Parks
Voice Staff

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. After Parks died at age 92 on October 24, 2005, she received a final tribute when her body was brought to the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. More than 30,000 people filed past her coffin to pay their respects.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Voice Staff

American writer and activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton led the women's rights and suffrage movements. Her philosophy and leadership led the struggle for women to gain the same rights afforded to men well into the 20th century. 

Maya Angelou
Heather Jones '24

Most well-known for her unique and pioneering autobiographical writing style, Maya Angelou was a world-famous author as well as a poet, dancer, singer, activist, and scholar. She was the first African-American director in Hollywood. A civil rights activist, she worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well. 

Susan B. Anthony
Violet Williamson '24

The social reformer and women's rights activist played a crucial role in the women's suffrage movement of the late 19th-century. She fought for women's rights, the right for women to vote, and petitioned for the abolition of slavery. Thanks to her impact, her name remains synonymous with the women's suffrage movement even today. 

Marie Skłodowska Curie
Violet Williamson '24

Known for conducting pioneering research on radioactivity, Marie Skłodowska Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win a Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. Her passion for science and research continues to define scientific discovery today.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Violet Williamson '24

The longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt took a leading role as a political figure, diplomat, and activist. As a leading designer for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Roosevelt continues to be admired for her strong outspokenness for change and civil rights. 

Amanda Gorman
Violet Williamson '24

As a poet and an activist focusing her work on the issues of oppression, feminism, and race - Amanda Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. From speaking at the inauguration of Joe Biden, to publishing books, Gorman is one of the strong and passionate minds defining a generation of artists and activists. 

Abigail Adams
Violet Williamson '24

As the wife of the second president of the United States, Abigail Adams was a crucial female figure during the era of the Founding Fathers. Serving as a vital confidant and advisor to her husband, along with opposing slavery and supporting women's rights and education - a true mother of America. 

Mary Wollstonecraft
Violet Williamson '24

As a British writer and philosopher who advocated for women's rights, Mary Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the early feminist philosophers, shaping her views of gender equality through her writing. Her daughter, Mary Shelley, went on to be an accomplished writer in her own right - authoring Frankenstein, arguably considered the earliest work of science-fiction. 

Episode 1: An Interview with Principal Ms. Michele Martinez and Host Maddie McDermott '24

In honor of National Women’s History Month, The Voice has created a podcast series to highlight some of the strong women we are fortunate to have as our role models and leaders.

In Episode 1 of the series, senior Maddie McDermott interviews newly appointed Notre Dame High School Principal Ms. Michele Martinez. Listen as Ms. Martinez talks about her background in special education, the love and joy she has experienced in raising her four daughters, and her excitement for the future of ND.  Listen to the rest of the Series here.

Caitlin Clark: Caring On and Off the Court
Carter Hillsdon '25

“Pistol” Pete Maravich stepped off the court in March of 1970 with the all-time NCAA scoring record. Just over half a century later, later, his record was dethroned by Caitlin Clark, who claimed the crown for herself on March 3rd, 2024. 

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Endless "Respect" For Aretha
Ella Richardson '25

When Aretha Franklin performed in front of her father’s congregation, she was viewed as a “child prodigy. She would perform using her piano skills alongside her impressive range of vocals. 

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United as Humans
Heather Jones '24 and Ava Romano '24

Last month, actor and comedian Pete Davidson delivered an SNL monologue in which he channeled his lesser-seen non-comedic side. Addressing the conflict in the Middle East, he discussed his own experience with pain and how he got through it. 

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Friends: The One Where They Impact the Globe
Sydney Allen '24 and Mia Wallace '24

On September 22, 1994, NBC aired what was soon to be one of television's most successful sitcoms. A show about six New Yorkers all in their twenties exploring life together. They shared conversations and experiences on love, marriage, kids, jobs, heartbreaks, and triumphs. All from a couch in a small Manhattan coffee shop.  

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Paying a High Price for Food
Lexi Brown '24

Walking into the local supermarket, the bright yellow-white lights and the endless food options available for purchase on the shelves is a common American experience. The typical consumer is keenly aware of the immense cost of food these days. But what they may not realize is that the cost doesn't only refer to the extremely high prices, but oftentimes the damaging cost to their health.

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Back to the Future is an Immersive Experience (Review)
Ella Richardson '25

For two hours and forty-five minutes, the audience of the newest Broadway hit, Back to the Future, travels back in time. Creator, Bob Gale has truly captured the essence of the 1985 film. With the addition of 17 songs, the audience gets an inside look into Doc and Marty’s thoughts.

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Woods is Nature Natural
Charlie Schurr '25

Students and staff at Notre Dame have differing opinions on the “ideal day.” It seems girls love the beach, guys love an NBA 2k, but everyone loves time with friends.

Well, not everybody. 

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“Running” Into The Fall Season
Emily Klena '24

The fall season has come to a much-anticipated start and this is great news for Ryan Shockley. The ND senior says the cool air makes for the perfect running day. And he should know since he’s been a key member of the track team for four years.

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Autumn Is In The Air
Mary Lech '24

As the leaves begin to change colors, it is clear that fall is right around the corner. The brisk air and colorful foliage make this season a favorite for many, including Colleen Smith. The ND senior says fall is her favorite season. 

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Notre Dame’s Mrs. Hubert Practices Self Care
Elizabeth Socha '24

There’s nothing better than having a day to sleep in and coming home to a clean house. This is especially true for Notre Dame Science teacher, small business owner, and married mom of three, Mrs. Hubert, who believes this to be the perfect day.

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It's All About Family And Softball
Rylee Michalak '24

At Notre Dame we recognize the importance of family. For school resource officer and softball coach, Chris Jackson, this couldn’t be more true. Coach feels that time with family is the most significant thing in his life. 

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It's Always Sunny on the Links
Kevin Scarborough '24

Throughout our ND community, the idea of the “perfect day” differs greatly from person to person.  Some prefer a cozy day at home, while others take to nature. For senior Dom Vizzoni it’s all about the weather and the links.

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Spin Over Stream: Vinyl's Return
Violet Williamson '24

Driven by young fans' search for solace during the pandemic, sales of vinyl records continue to rise. 2022 marks 16 consecutive years of revenue growth in the vinyl market – outselling CD’s for the first time in over 30 years.

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Fast Fashion: The Silent Killer
Lexi Brown '24

Walking into the big department store, the large red "SALE" sign blares. Some wonder how these prices are possible, whereas others make multiple purchases. Who cares - wear an outfit once or twice, and toss it away, right? This is the clothing purchase cycle so many are trapped in. 

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Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover
Cassidy Darcey '23

“Mommy. I am…so skinny right now. I’m finally down to 89 pounds.”

As author Jennette McCurdy recounts in her new memoir, these are the words she believed would wake her bedridden mother from a coma. 

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Archived News

Meet Us at Midnight (Review)
Issy Timberlake '23

What if I told you Taylor Swift’s a Mastermind?

The renowned singer has once again mastered her musical ability and returned to the pop genre with her new album Midnights. 

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Row Row Row Your Boat
Trip Pisano '23

Try staying focused as cold lake water activates all five body senses simultaneously. This drastically increases the heart rate and makes steady breathing almost impossible. Athletes who row crew know this feeling well.

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Back to Nature
Luke Wilson '22

Tucked away in the Sangre De Cristo Mountain range of northeast New Mexico is a 219 sq. mile ranch where adventurers ages 14 and up can test their limits and master skills that last a lifetime. 

And one of the best things about it is that it’s technology-free.

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Rumor has it: Adele is Back!
Heather Jones '24

Adele’s new creation is a letter to her son. It’s not about divorce. It’s an explanation. She wants Angelo, age nine, to understand why his family split up, but more importantly, how life should be fulfilled.

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The Return of the Woolly Mammoth
Mason Capasso '23

The idea of recreating mammoths and bringing them back to the wild has been discussed numerous times over the past decade. Researchers announced on September 8, 2021, that new funding is available that will help make scientists' dreams a reality.

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