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7 Nov


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!

Brooklyn Young Woman Chess Master

4 Nov

Rochelle Ballantyne, is 17, and is on track to become the first female chess master. Ballantyne is featured in the documentary “Brooklyn Castle”, which follows students from Intermediate School 318. Her motivation stems from her grandmother, who taught her how to play when she was in third grade. In April of this past school year IS 318 became the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship. The 2012 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Maribor, Slovenia from November 7-19

major fail…

24 Oct

…if you’re unattractive, then you’re a bad female. But if you’re attractive, you’re a bad academic.

Here’s the classic example of “we’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t.”  (Follow all of the links.  Trust me, it’s “worth” the effort.)

Hat tip:  Dr. W.

Female Scientists Face Bias

5 Oct


I remember when I was a little girl thinking that I wasn’t good at math and science. This was mostly because I believed girls just weren’t good at math or science. In my mind it was okay because girls were good and art and English, subjects I would rather be good at anyway.

Why did I believe this? Because teachers told me.

I remember my teachers saying that boys thought math and science were easier, while girls thought English was easier. Looking back, I know this gave me a license to not try as hard in math and science. If I was doomed to be bad, why even try? This societal gender bias held me back in my studies. The article I found says female scientists, even accomplished ones, are held back by gender bias, too.

Society has programmed us to think of women as dumb and clueless and of men as the scientists and innovators. Women in science were less desired as employees and received lower pay. The worst part of the study was that even female scientists were biased against their own sex. Female science professors have lower expectations of their female students then their male students.

What can we do to change this perception? Women should be free to excel in all fields, and not be held back just because of gender bias.

Mama Who Bore Me… and Lied to Me

7 Sep

This October, Ball State’s theater department is bringing Spring Awakening to University  Theater.

This Tony Award- Winning musical emphasizes the educational gap between men and women in late 1800s Germany. The story follows Wendla, played by Lea Michele, who asks her mother the age old question: where do babies come from? Her mother lies to her, merely because she is a young woman, and that lie drives the rest of the story.

Watch from approx. :25 to 6:15, and I encourage you to continue watching. It is a beautiful show.
This scene, specifically, shows Wendla asking her mother and how her mother blatantly treats her daughter like a fool.
The show should be terrific, and tickets are now on sale!


Rice setting the stage for 2016?

30 Aug

Meryl Streep Barnard Commencement Speech

21 Aug

Malia’s Preface 🙂

In high school, I was on the speech team and, junior year, a category of mine was Declamation.
I did a Meryl Streep commencement speech because I loved her as a actress. That speech stressed the advancement of women in society today, so I wanted to post it on our lovely blog.
While looking for that speech, I found this Meryl Streep speech and was captivated by her. It’s a little long, but it’s good.