Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Taylor Payton

Taylor Payton
Visual Communication
Dallas, TX

What are some of your interests and involvement outside the Gannon Scholars program?

I am a painter and an activist. I am interested in equal access to reproductive healthcare as well as comprehensive sex education. I am teaching myself how to think critically and carefully about art, and forming my own stylized voice.

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

Gannon has given me an instant family of strong willed, fearless individuals. I am constantly inspired and motivated by all of the women around me. Gannon shapes my first year and has me excited to continue to grow through the next three.

Why is the mission of women's leadership important to you?

In this wave of intersectional, inclusive feminism, Gannon is important because it drives real action. Gannon gives us tools and confidence to analyze community and global issues and effect change. The Gannon center is radically accepting of all perspectives while maintaining a constant enthusiasm for social justice.