Njeri McAllister Thorpe, B.A. 2004

Self-employed/Real Estate Broker – Atlanta

2004 Major: Women's Studies and Sociology; Markets & Management Studies certificate

How has being a GSF (or Women's Studies) graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"I declared Women's Studies as a 2nd major after taking "Intro to WS" as an elective. I enjoyed the class so much, I kept taking WS classes. Before I knew it, I had enough credits for a minor and just decided to keep going. I cannot say WS helped me get a job, but that wasn't my expectation. This was a course of study I completed as a treat to myself. It has informed my thinking in so many areas of my life. I'm more confident, personally empowered, and well-read because I am a WS graduate."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies programs?

"I'd advise current GSF students to soak in as much knowledge as they can while they're in the program. In retrospect, I can see how beneficial it was for me to study WS as a young woman. It greatly informed my personal compass and strengthened my core of self-confidence. That's invaluable. I hope they take it all in: read everything, attend all the classes, analyze the material. It can shape their lifelong thinking in ways they don't yet fully understand."

Njeri McAllister Thorpe