This month we celebrate Bridget Pittman-Blackwell!
She will be continuing on her leadership journey both as a 2019-20 WomenNC Scholar and as board member at WNC!
As a scholar this past year Bridget researched the psychological impact of school dress codes on African American girls in Durham NC. She worked under the mentorship of Erin Dobbins from RTI’s Global Gender Center. Bridget believes the opportunity to conduct and present her own independent research had a strong positive impact on her undergraduate career. The ability to be a part of a community of like-minded but diverse women allowed her to engage with a broad range of perspectives that helped her craft an advocacy strategy to change the status quo.
Bridget’s interest in issues impacting African American women is well-established. Her choice to conduct research centered around dress code policies was driven both by her personal experiences and her years-long work as a counselor and mentor to young girls at her local community center.
As a Women NC Scholar Bridget’s work was presented at multiple venues, including at NCSU’s Gender and Equity Research Symposium, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and in front of the Durham County Women’s Commission.
Bridget graduated in May from North Carolina Central University with a B.S. in psychology and has conducted comprehensive research on the relationship between GPA, body image and self esteem as a McNair scholar. She will continue her education for the next two years as she completes her Master’s in general psychology at NC Central University. She believes this will give her the ability to spend more time building on her undergraduate research and gain more research experience before applying to PhD programs.
We are also delighted to welcome Bridget as a WomenNC board member! She is excited to give back to an organization that has aided in her professional development; She wishes to help WomenNC expand its presence and impact in the state. According to Bridget,the WomenNC Leadership Training Program was “one of the best things [she] never knew existed”. She looks forward to working with the rest of our talented board members to help make the program stronger for the next generation of scholars!
We applaud Bridget for all her hard work and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next, we will all be the beneficiaries!