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Alumnae Who #PressForProgress

“Mother McAuley helped me #pressforprogress in my career by encouraging me to pursue a career in engineering and by rewarding me for excelling in science and math. I’m not afraid to use my intelligence to push myself forward at work (even when I’m the only female in the room) because I was shown that it’s a good thing to be good at science and math. I’m able to push myself into new roles because I’ve shown that I am good at learning and can apply things quickly.” Ashley Vacchiano Suarez ‘07


“Mother McAuley has impacted my life in so many ways, from teaching me to speak up in and out of the classroom, to encouraging me to be kind to everyone I meet, to helping me realize that a life well lived is a life lived in service to others. My McAuley education helps me stand out academically and interpersonally at my university. There are not enough words to describe all the things that McAuley gave me, so I will just name a few: confidence, spunk, lifelong friendships, and a love for cream of chicken and rice soup.” Erin Ludwig ‘16


“Growing up without a mother or older sisters, I didn’t know what a “strong woman” looked like until I arrived at McAuley. For the first time, I was surrounded by strong women, teachers and students who balanced their own accomplishments with their selfless support of others. More than any calculus class or English essay, their example shaped me as a confident and compassionate woman professional. My McAuley education sparked my commitment to empowering other women. As a reporter, I wrote about women’s workplace inequality and sports, in hopes of giving another teenage girl the same sisterhood I found at McAuley. And now that I’m pursuing a career in women’s education and empowerment, I’m hoping to help the next generation of women press for progress like my role models at McAuley did for me.”  Kathleen McAuliffe ‘12

“I graduated from McAuley in 2004. I've since earned my Ph.D. in History (with a focus in US Legal History). I'm near completion of an additional master's in Political Science (with a focus in American Government). I'm currently an Assistant Professor of History at Northwest Florida State College. I teach U.S. History and American Government courses. As you likely know, History and Political Science still remain male-dominated fields. I feel the foundation from McAuley helped give me the confidence in my courses and while I attend conferences. I'd like to especially thank Sr. Nancy Houlihan and Mrs. Robin O'Keefe since I felt they had a profound impact upon me, my writing skills, and my self-confidence.
Victoria Stewart ‘04

"It feels like yesterday I was still at McAuley hanging out in D-Wing. I am now 2.5 years into my Civil Engineering career as the Structural Lead Field Engineer (LFE) on Kiewit’s Birdsboro Power Project. My fellow LFEs are all men and 5+ years of service for our company, so not only am I the only woman in an active construction role on my current project, I’m the youngest manager too. McAuley helped me become confident and strong in my math and science skills. I wasn’t intimidated when I was one of two women in an engineering class of 60.

McAuley taught me how to think critically and to not be afraid ask questions. Without my all-girl education, I would not be confident in myself to talk to carpenters who’ve been in industry for 25+ years nor the presidents of my company’s Power and Energy divisions.

McAuley has shaped me so much and has been one of the foundations that has made me a respected woman on my construction projects. When you are confident in your ability to do your job, people stop seeing you as one of the only women but as one of the people who will get the job done." Angelena Crispo '11

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