Featured Geek: Erica McGillivray
[On being a female geek in a male dominated world] “I’ve been both a feminist and a geek for as long as I can remember. I made the decision a long time ago to speak out against inequalities of every kind in geekdom, and so far, I’ve been able to keep my head above water and working toward making geekdom a more inclusive place. I’ve also purposely sought out other women to surround myself with who are just as passionate as I am. The internet has made this so much easier.”
Erica’s comic book collection might be a safety hazard, but that doesn’t stop her from collecting. From superheroes to horror, she loves them all, taking the time to thoroughly review different comic books on her blog. She also loves science fiction and urban fantasy TV, such as Buffy, Lost Girl, and Star Trek (all of them). Erica’s favorite past time is drinking tea and reading with a cat by her side (she is very particular about the type of tea she drinks, going as far as importing it from England). And though you might assume that she must be a complete introvert, Erica also geeks out on community building. She loves bringing people together, be it professionally as a Community Manager or as a volunteer (she was one of the founders of GeekGirlCon, a nonprofit that supports geeky women). In the future, Erica hopes to publish a novel and do some amazing She-Hulk cosplay.
(Photos by Sayed Alamy.)