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March 9, 2020 at 9:44 am

OHIO News Writes about Sophia Boothby on International Women’s Day

Sophia Boothby, portrait

Sophia Boothby

Ohio University News writes about five OHIO women in a story celebrating “International Women’s Day.”

One of the women featured is Sophia Boothby ’20, majoring in Environmental Biology and Political Sciences, with an Environmental Studies Certificate.

Sophia Boothby grew up in many parts of North Carolina and Virginia with her father, a retired Marine who served in Desert Storm; her mother, a remediation elementary school teacher; and her older sister, a recent graduate of Ohio University. Boothby, a senior studying environmental biology and political science, spent most of her life in Spotsylvania, Virginia, where she enjoyed canoeing and fishing with her father on the Rappahannock River.

“My appreciation for nature and wildlife stems from my relationship with my dad. My sister and I grew up playing field hockey together and then being Bobcats together. She and my mother are my biggest fans and attend all the games they can,” said Boothby, a member of OHIO’s varsity field hockey team. “I also love to cook with my mother, she’s the smartest woman I know.”

International Women’s Day for her means celebrating the exceptional women leaders around her and ones she looks up to, such as her coaches and her personal hero, Wilma Mankiller — the first principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for the rights of Native peoples.

“As a native person myself, her leadership and accomplishments have always meant a lot to me,” Boothby explained. “It’s important to acknowledge the amazing women leaders who have created a better future for every kind of woman, but it should also serve as a day to empower women to keep reaching for bigger and better things.”

Read about all five extraordinary women at Ohio University News, story by Alaina Bartel, photos by Ben Siegel and Eli Burris.

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