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I am proud to be a woman because…

7 Nov

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Hey guys! I’m Jessica Johnson, a junior legal studies major. Once I graduate I’m planning on being a paralegal for a few years and then hopefully going to law school. I’m passionate about politics, self-expression, and celebrating holidays. As soon as October came I was already planning out my Christmas shopping. 🙂

I am hoping that being involved in the legal field will give me the opportunity to do something good… either by defending clients or becoming active in local politics. Either way, I’m excited to see where life leads me. 

Why are you proud to be a woman?

Being a woman is a deep part of my identity. Being in this class expanded my view of womanhood from exposing me to the wonderful feminists who came before me.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be and why?

Honestly, it would be the view that certain men have of women. There are men who view women as objects, and that leads to the oppression that still exists in society today. This oppression is justified as men trying to protect women or to respect them, and some women accept that. Really, it leads to institutionalized discrimination like preventing young women from going to school, revealing their faces, or driving a car. In American society the oppression exists in limiting reproductive rights or judging a woman’s worth on her sexual appeal. I believe women have to fight for the rights of ALL women, personal liberties should never be limited through legislation, here or around the world.

What does the future of women in politics look like?

Watching so many women get elected last night was inspiring to me. Women have made so many political advances throughout the world, but for some reason had dragged in the US. Last night gave me hope that someday the amount of women in Congress will finally match the demographic makeup of the country. With the growing acceptance of respected women in politics, I believe I’ll see a female president in my lifetime. 🙂

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I AM PROUD TO BE A WOMAN BECAUSE…

7 Nov

I AM PROUD TO BE A WOMAN BECAUSE...

Hey to all! My name is Cortney. I am a senior at BSU studying Political Science, with a minor in Criminal Justice Criminology. I am that one girl who laughs at everyone’s jokes even if they aren’t funny. I love life, family, and friends. I am looking forward to graduating and becoming a phenomenal woman. I don’t want to leave this earth without making that positive impact on someone’s life, just as those before me have done in mine.
Why are you proud to be a Woman?
I am proud to be a woman because the struggles I have gone through don’t define me and my life. They only compliment it. I have came out of every situation stronger and wiser and that is what I believe characterizes a lot of women. From the struggles in the 1920s to our present, womanly struggles we still prevail. Women are the glue to keeping this world intact. Without women who possessed such strong qualities you and I wouldn’t be here today.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be? Why?
If I could change one thing in the world it would be to end all diseases and aliments. Finding a cure to many cancers, diseases and ailments would give my life a purpose. Seeing people fight for their lives leaves me desperate to help them and find a cure for whatever it may be. Everyone should be allowed to live life to the fullest. Whether it is raising money to further research, rally for the cure, I am ready to defeat these monsters. I’m ready to push for life, breath, and the continual love of family and friends.

What does the future of women in politics look like?
I feel that the future of women in politics looks very promising. We proved this with this year’s election. More and more women are more concerned about their gender as a whole and ready to embark on new territory in defending their existence. Women are ready to take the lead and not necessarily prove themselves but show America what has been there from the very beginning. May the movement of women in office and in politics LIVE ON! And may more young women see this year’s triumph as motivation to one day move in their footsteps and make their own!

I am PROUD to be a woman…

7 Nov

My name is Karalee Smith and a junior at Ball State University. I am majoring in Telecommunications-News Track Journalism with a minor in Political Science.  I also have interest public relations and worked as a marketing intern this summer at the Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Carmel, Ind.

I am proud to be a woman because I can be self-sufficient. Shockingly, I can do it on my own. No, I don’t need someone to hold my hand and walk me through life. I can rely on myself to be financially stable, earn a college degree and achieve my goals. I’m blessed to live among other independent women. These are the self-dependent women who are the breadwinners, the Olympic goal medalists, and the State Representatives. I am damn proud to be a woman.

Q: If I could change one thing in the world…

Unfortunately the world is not a perfect place and there are multiple shortcomings of people’s behavior. Although if I could alter one aspect it would be for people to be  open-minded. Our society can be so ignorant with stereotypes, racism and hatred. People need to realize everyone has their own belief and opinion and it should be respected. Our society needs to remove themselves from their shoes and step in a fresh pair. A fresh perspective.

Q: What is one thing you have learned from this course so far?

This course has been excellent: filled with vibrant discussions, new viewpoints and opinions. One aspect that I learned from this course is that women have made great strides in equality, but I never realized how much ground we still need to cover. The course taught me the strategies the women’s suffrage movement used to gain the right to vote in 1920 and how women have climbed the political ladder, yet we are still not equals. The film Miss Representation opened my eyes to how little of a voice women have in politics. Women make up 51 percent of the United States, yet there are only 17 women out of 100 in the Senate. Also from our blog I learned from a peer, Cassie, women only make up 3.8 percent of CEOs in America. So as a journalist I hope to be the voice of the voiceless and the misrepresented. A voice for the women. Alice Paul and Lucy Burns would thrust picket signs in the air and my weapon will be a pen and paper.

I’m proud to be a feminist because…

7 Nov

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My name is Claire and I am studying Political Science and Communications at Ball State University.  I have been an intern with the Indiana Democratic Party since January, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

What are your future goals and aspirations?

After I graduate from Ball State, I want to earn a graduate degree in Communications, and I want to focus on feminism and media.  I want to focus on women in the media, more specifically female comediennes.  I want to analyze the impact that humor has on the television industry and on society as a whole.  I eventually want to become a professor, and teach communications at the university level.

If I could change one thing in the world…

That’s a tough question because there are many things I would like to change in the world, but in relation to this class- one thing in the world I would like to change is the negative perception of feminists/feminism.  There are so many negative terms/words/images that come to people’s mind when the word feminism is used, and most of these things are brought on by a stereotype that was created in the 1960’s.  Many people believe that if you are a feminist that you are a radical, and that you have short hair, and dress in men’s clothing.  This is not the case.  In this third wave of feminism, feminists are encouraged and encourage others to be themselves.  If you want to wear  pink and glitter and bows in your hair, you can.  If you want to wear men’s clothing and have short hair, you can.  If you would like to combine all of these elements, you can!  This is what I love about feminism.  Don’t get me wrong, feminism isn’t all about clothing.  Feminism strives to break down stereotypes about women and men.  Feminism fights the hegemonic ideas about gender that we have learned from our culture.  I want more people to understand that feminism is not only good for women, but it is also good for men, and members of the LGBT community.  Feminism is not just for girls, it is not just for lesbians, it is for anyone who believes that every person has a right to be themselves.

The Females Take New Hampshire

7 Nov

Regardless of your opinion on the election results, you have to admit this is pretty cool. For the first time EVER an all-female delegation will serve in Congress and will have a female governor. Both House seats up for grabs went to women, both democrats who join republican Kelly Ayotte and democrat Jeanne Shaheen who are already serving. Also, democrat Maggie Hassan took the Governor position. How awesome is this?

“‘Cause I’m a Woman, Phenomenally.”

7 Nov

My name is Malia Manor and I am studying Legal Studies at Ball State University; in addition, I am minoring in Psychology and Interpersonal Relations. I am a Resident Assistant for BSU, a position that I absolutely LOVE. I have become, and intend to be, very involved in Student Affairs. This time is essential to the development of each individual, and I am very happy to be a part of that. I am a show host and Continuity Director for WCRD, a Senator for the Student Government Association, and a member of the Mock Trial Association. I am passionately interested in so many fields, and I am always looking forward to what change I will undergo next, because I continue to find something else I want to be a part of.

Why are you proud to be a woman?

I am proud to be a woman because I am strong minded enough to be successful and strong hearted enough to be true. 

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be and why?

                I’m sure there are many factors of the world that I would change, while simultaneously there are so many components that astound me. However, if I were to change something, for sure, it would be apathy. It stirs me so greatly when people are driven by that backward force, only to be brought down. Settling in this emotion bewilders me, for as soon as I detect these feelings within myself, no matter the recipient of my apathy, I push myself away from that sulking trap.

What are your future goals and aspirations?

                So often I believe I have this 100 percent figured out, and more and more I realize I do not. The last thing I want to hear, though, is “you can do anything,” because I genuinely believe I could find enjoyment in just about everything. Do I have a set career chosen? Not today, I don’t. However, I do know what I am passionate about. I deeply desire to work with those who have experienced emotional hardship and trauma. I would like to assist others in conquering obstacles brought on by their past encounters and current mental state. I imagine this will be somewhere in the realms of law or psychology.

Akin Defeated by a…Woman

7 Nov

This article talks about Rep. Todd Akin losing to Sen. Claire McCaskill. In his concession speech Akin compared himself to someone with cancer. I wonder after his statements about rape how many people are really going to buy his “poor me” act. Is it wrong that I am actually happy he lost?

I’m proud to be a Woman…

7 Nov

Hello! I’m Brittany and I am a junior at Ball State University. I am a double major in political science and criminal justice. I am originally from Greenfield, IN and I am 21 years old. I am a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Q: Why are you proud to be a woman?

I am proud to be a woman who is a Democrat! Democrats support women’s rights and equality. I know that my party will protect those rights. I am also proud to be a woman because women are strong! Women can do so many things! We can be business women and mothers. We can be be teachers, lawyers, doctors, etc. Women can do anything! We have come so far in the past century and I am so proud of the strides we have made towards gaining our complete equality! I also see it as an opportunity to influence and inspire others to be independent and leaders. I think that women have so much power to make significant change in the world. It makes me proud to be a woman.

Q: If I could change one thing in the world…

I would change the amount of intolerance in the world. I hate that so many people cannot respect the opinions of others. There is so much hate in the world for people that do not have the sames beliefs and values as others. I think that if we could put this all aside, we would be able to make positive changes to benefit everyone. It shouldn’t matter what your religion, gender, sexual preference, etc is. We should all treat other human beings with respect and dignity.

Q: What are your future goals and aspirations?

After graduating from BSU, I plan on going to law school (not sure where yet!). Eventually I would like to get into entertainment law. I also have goals to possibly serve as a judge and maybe even run for public office someday. I also plan to live in London, England for at least 6 months. I have wanted to do this for as long as I remember because I think it would be a great adventure and I have always been obsessed with English culture. After establishing myself in my career, I hope to have a family and raise them in a town like the one that I grew up in.