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USU Leading Ladies: Rachel Evans

Who runs the world? Girls. Who runs Utah State University? Also girls. 

USU is fortunate to operate under the leadership of countless incredible women. Whether they're students, teachers, employees or administration members, women at Utah State are doing amazing things every day that make the university better and encourage women to reach higher. The following profile is the third in a six-part series that will highlight a few of the women at USU who are taking charge and leading by example.

Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, but is currently living in Washington, D.C. working as the assistant to the Chief of Staff in Senator Orrin Hatch's office. She is a young alum of USU, and graduated in May 2016 with a degree in political science. Rachel took the initiative during her undergraduate education to apply for an internship, which ended up leading to a permanent position in the office. We sat down with her to get to know a little more of her story and her views on feminism and women in the political world.

CWG: Tell us a little about your career path. 
RE: My last year at Utah State, I accepted an internship in Senator Hatch's office. While I was there, I worked hard and expressed an interest in staying in DC. Thanks to my hard work and good timing, I was offered a permanent position. Now, 16 months later, I am still the assistant to the Chief of Staff and loving my job. 

CWG: What is it like working for Senator Hatch? 
RE: Working for Senator Hatch is a one-in-a-lifetime experience. It is hard to find another Senator in Congress that does as much as Senator Hatch has done for so long. The people in his office are driven, kind, intelligent, and professional. The Senator himself is sharp and quite funny. Despite his extremely busy schedule, he makes it a point to say hello to the interns when he sees them in the office and checks in often to make sure that we are having a good experience. I am the intern for the press team. Occasionally the press secretary asks for my help when recording videos of the Senator for press releases. This allows me to interact with Senator Hatch quite a bit.

CWG: What is your favorite part about your job?
RE: I know that Senator Hatch is actively working to do good for the people of Utah. Therefore, when I am assisting him, I am also helping the people of Utah. I love knowing that I am doing a little bit of good.

CWG: What is your favorite thing about Utah State?
RE: I love that Aggies really are family. On campus, I felt right at home. Now, a year after graduation, whenever I am around alumni or students, that same feeling returns. 

CWG: Who is your greatest female role model?
RE: My greatest female role model is my grandmother. She worked two jobs as a single mother to raise my mom. She never let anyone tell her that she couldn't do something or that her circumstances were too challenging. She conquered and she encourages me to do more and be more every day.

CWG: Do you consider yourself a feminist? If so, why?
RE: I do consider myself a feminist. I think that all men and women should have equal rights. I believe that on paper, we are almost there. However, I believe a greater societal change is still necessary. 

CWG: What do you think is the greatest challenge facing women today?
RE: The greatest challenge facing women today is overcoming the negative things society has taught us about ourselves. We have not been taught to reach for the highest stars or the best jobs. We have been taught to do the minimum and expect the minimum. I think that if all women could do more and achieve more, we can all overcome that challenge.

CWG: Why should women be involved politically?
RE: Women should be involved politically because everyone should be involved politically. Political actions and decisions affect everyone. In the US, women have the right to vote and run for political office. We can only improve our circumstances if we make an effort to do so. 

Know any remarkable women at USU? To nominate them for a feature story, email us at cwg@usu.edu