Supporter Stories

Michele Monteil


Dr. Michele Monteil is a professor of Immunology at the Georgia Health Sciences University/University of Georgia (UGA) Medical Partnership. She supports JRF with monthly contributions and was the MC at this year’s High Hat Party. Michele had a chat with volunteer Kate about her involvement.

Q: Share a bit about your background.

A: I was raised in the Caribbean which is a matriarchal society. The woman is predominant and I was aware from an early age that the success of the family is based upon the strength of a woman. I’ve always appreciated the role of the woman in bettering the family. Also, I love to read and came across micro financing and Muhammad Yunus. Reading his book established in my mind that if you give a little to a woman, the whole family improves. Jeannette Rankin is fascinating to me as well. She was strongly principled and stood up for what she believed.

Q: How did you learn about Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) and how long have you been involved with the organization?

A: I am new to the Athens area and have been involved since April 2011. I was invited to an event by Leslie Lee, Vice President of JRF’s Board. Leslie holds a house party each year and invites women from UGA to find out about JRF and get involved.

Q: Why should others get involved with the organization?

A: Sisterhood and global sisterhood is an important reason. Women should be aware that their success has been helped along by other women. We should be aware of those who have less. Empower a woman to help herself and she helps her family.