Janet (JJ) Kovak McClaran ‘90
It is often feared that women may be relegated to the back row and must shout to have their voices heard. Coming from Brearley, I have never taken for granted that my unquestionable “right” to be heard was just part of who I was. A Brearley girl just grows up knowing her voice counts. Thoughts and ideas have merit and value.
As a scientist, I am eternally grateful that Chaucer and George Eliot are also part of my DNA. I have been delighted by the community of Brearley superstars that I have discovered as an alumna, and I have happily participated on the Alumnae Board, mentored budding scientists, moderated several panel discussions, and hosted Brearley students and alumnae at my veterinary hospital.
Brearley girls never shy away from a challenge. We certainly spent much time moaning and wailing about the hard work at the time, but I think everyone of us is grateful to have been given the keys to the castle, the ingredients to the special sauce and the secret handshake that is a Brearley education.