Megan Hudson ’05
Name: Megan Hudson ’05
Current Title/Profession: Assistant attorney general, Civil Rights Section
City: Columbus, Ohio
Additional/Advanced Degrees: JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law
What was your first job after MHC?: Waitress
Favorite class/professor and why: My favorite professor was Penny Gill. I so distinctly remember her informing my first-year politics class that “I was just...” was not an acceptable precursor to a comment in class. “Men don’t apologize for having opinions and neither should you.” Her advice has stuck with me years later.
Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: I discovered my ability to rise to the occasion. As a member of the crew team, I was constantly challenged to push beyond my preconceived notions of my own limits. Without the unwavering support of my teammates and coaches I don’t know that I would have learned to push myself and believe in myself in quite the same way.
What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: The ability to engage with a wide range of people and find common ground. The diversity of the student population was a huge draw for me.
Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: A women’s education is still relevant because there is no other type of educational institution where women can be so challenged yet supported. Our world today, while different in many ways from that of Mary Lyon’s, still has many of the same socially constructed challenges for women. There is no better training ground for capable, confident women than an all-women’s college where stereotypes are not just defied but shattered.
What do you want the world to know about MHC?: MHC is so full of passion and inspiration. I wasn’t able to appreciate fully the extraordinary experience that is MHC until after graduation, when I realized that not every college is composed of students determined to change the world.
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