LaPlante, Mary Catherine Hanafee


  • An interview with Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante by Jessie Rievman. Conducted September 16, 2021. Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante is an environmental and women’s rights activist. A freshman at Harvard University, LaPlante was first introduced to activism in April of her sophomore year when she was accepted into a leadership program called the “Hurley Fellowship.” She then began her path into environmental activism by interning for the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. She also served as the Finance Director for the Illinois Youth Climate Movement, leading massive strikes in Chicago. In addition to her environmental activism, LaPlante became the youngest rally organizer in the country by organizing Chicago’s Period Rally. She continued her women’s rights advocacy by being a youth organizer for the Women’s March in Chicago and by working against period poverty with She Wrote Illinois. Working on large-scale rallies such as the Period Rally and also in smaller-scale movements such as the fight for school counselor reforms, LaPlante has found her space as a youth activist. ... [Read More]

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  • LaPlante, Mary Catherine Hanafee