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Thursday, March 29, 2012

31 Heroines of March 2012: Suse Ochs

Suse Ochs - Inspirational Roommate

My college roommate Suse (Susan Leigh Skinner Ochs-Scher) from 20 years ago, I remember used to read bridal magazines and go to Pro-Choice rallies. Suse is my heroine because she has always been able to match wit and lightheartedness with a solid connection to her beliefs.

In 1989, Suse lent me her car to go on job interview. I found a goofy cartoon on the dashboard that said ‘See your future, be your future.’ A year later, I was having a hard time trying to get established in a new city. She sent me funny cartoons about my new life. Her philosophy and support helped me take a lighter look at the tough task I had set for myself - making my way in a world far from anything familiar.

This gift of carrying an ideal with wit, making life more fun, I still try to put into practice today. I make sense of her incongruous pairing of bridal magazines and interest in feminism like this: if you know who you are, and value those roots and your traditions, you keep what is good. To move forward, you must engage your ideology with your wits to be a revolutionary in your own life and engage in your future.

Through trial and error, I eventually got the jobs I wanted. And Suse? She got a graduate degree in feminist literature, married her college sweetheart, and has three thriving children.

See your future, be your future.

Maria Mortati

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