Carnegie Mellon University
March 04, 2020

Her Life’s Work

By Amanda S.F. Hartle

Carnegie Mellon University alumna Heather Arnet (DC 1997) never met her great-grandmother, but for her entire life, she’s been inspired by stories of her struggles and success as a suffragette.

“I was raised hearing that you have to work to protect and advance peoples’ rights because other people fought and died for the rights you have,” Heather recalls. “Feminism and activism have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.”

As CEO for the Women and Girls Foundation in Pittsburgh, Heather continues the advocacy work of her great-grandmother and countless other women by pursingequitable public policies and developing the female leaders of the future.

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