Good Morning Readers,
Today I am posting as a part of the Celebrating Womanhood Event, it is a blog hop hosted by Living, Learning, and Loving Life, Cabin Goddess, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave, Tea With Dee, and alchemyofscrawl. The reason for this event is below:
For one day, we want to drown out negativity and celebrate the beauty and pride of women.
These days it seems that some people want us to be ashamed of being women. They want us to believe that we’re less: less intelligent, less important, less human. There is so much negativity out there. For one day, we want to flood the internet with positive messages about women.
And without further ado, here is my post:
I go to an all women’s college, Wellesley College to be exact. At Wellesley women are empowered, women are bold, women are taught to love themselves for who they are not what others want them to be but the funny thing is I never planned on going here. As a senior I had a list of over twenty colleges I wanted to apply to, in short I was lost. I was going to college because I was supposed to. Sure I had done my research but other than that I was simply following the pack.
But Wellesley happened, magically I applied (because I liked the brochures and such they sent me) then I grew to like the school a researched it, finally I fell in love with it when I visited. But let me tell you being around women 24/7 wasn’t always easy. It wasn’t that I was starved for men…haha please, I went out into the city every weekend. Rather everyone was so charged and by that I mean that every one seemed to “know their shit”.
I had gone to a private school my entire life but this was something new: beautiful, intelligent women…everywhere. That was when I began to realize that sure Wellesley is special because well it’s Wellesley, I could list our rankings, alumnae…yada, yada, yada. But anyone who knows me knows that while I know that stuff, can definitely quote much of it, I honestly care less…it’s what you do with your education not where you are educated that matters.
And that is exactly my point, it took me going to an all women’s college, where not all of the students actually identify as a women and where many students reject or question typical values associated with “womanhood” for me to “see the light” 😉 The truth is that it’s not just Wellesley Women who have this potential. As much as places like Wellesley would like to have us believe that we are part of this elite class, whatever that truly means, all women have this potential. In my life so far I have met some amazing women, and while some of them have attended places like Wellesley most of them did/do not.
Being a woman is more than your fashion sense or your lack of one, more than your looks for fashion and beauty standards change every day. Being a woman is about knowing that you have and have had for centuries the power to rule of nations, to make peace, to incite war. That is not the question, the question Watson is whether not you will take arms and utilize what “your mama gave ya” aka your brains. We all have them and we are much smarter than we are realized to be…then again, isn’t it better that way? I like to surprise people, keep them on “the edge of their seat”.
With this post, my challenge is for all of you to be the smart and clever people I know you really are. Get off the oppression train, oppression is a state of mind. Contradict me if you will but honestly you are only truly oppressed once you say it and begin to believe it. Women have power and if you don’t believe me look at history, and yes I do mean HIStory. We are written everywhere, in some cases you might have to read between the lines but we are there so reveal in who you are. Remember don’t hate the game, hate the player…so play it well, sometimes you might only get one hand…Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed my post…and the numerous clichés 😉 Feel free to comment below and share YOURstory.