Now that I have my Capstone project turned in, I am kind of relieved. It was a LOT of work, but I’m glad that I pursued the project and didn’t give up. My favorite part of the project was reading my book, Lean In. It had many good examples and scenarios. Also after reading the book, I took away much more than just a brain full of knowledge. I now have been taught life lessons that will help me in my future with getting a job. I will not let men rise above me because of their gender.

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Today at the horse show, I was talking with friends and the subject of tv shows came up. Someone was telling me about how in season 4 episode 1 (sorry I couldn’t find a link) of Ugly Betty, the character of Amanda was told she was brilliant, and she responded “Take that back, I’m beautiful!”. This is a perfect example of an issue for my Capstone project. Being smart takes away from a persons beauty is the message that the line sends. Women don’t want to get away with things because they are pretty. What women have to say is meaningful and shouldn’t be ignored. If women are only judged on their beauty, then what they say will never be valued.

Last years entering class in the pharmacy program at South Dakota State University was nearly 2/3 women. This statistic speaks very highly of women that will be making a difference in the world. This enlightened me because I am a smart girl in math and science and now I know there is a place for people like me! It’s not just a job, but it’s making a difference for the future.

During breakfast at the hotel I was staying at, I overheard a mom talking to her college age son. They were talking about graduate school and the mom asked if there were any girls in the group. The son replied, “I’m not looking for a matchmaker”. Then the mom said “No, I meant are there any girls smart enough to get into the graduate program”. I widened my eyes at this. This is a first hand account that I have heard a biased conversation about women since starting my Capstone project. This women is teaching her son that women aren’t smart enough and here, she is a women and should be defending herself! I was infuriated because I’m going to be going to college and I don’t want guys thinking that I’m not smart enough to get there, and if I am there, it’s only because I’m pretty.

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There is something about this picture that just grabs my attention. Maybe it’s because I like math and numbers, but the concept of this picture is very important to me. I have a very strong opinion about women being treated equal to men. But here is the thing, I do not believe that women and men can be treated completely equal. There is always going to be people that beg to differ, but some people just do not see women equality in the light that I do. The world can never be perfect and we can never make sure that women are treated exactly 50% of men are. I believe the important part is to be as close to that 50% as possible, as in women need the same rights as men have. Stereotypes will never be fully eliminated, but without them, we are one step closer to women being equal to men πŸ™‚

Women Leading in Technology-quarterly event scheduled for tomorrow, May 21st in Minneapolis and Rochester (via online video), MN will include networking and a discussion of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. There will be three female panelists leading the discussion. There is a $20 registration fee but students get in FREE! It is exciting to hear that these types of events are available to women to help support and continue the discussion of equality for women in the work force. Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) is sponsoring the event. I won’t be attending, but I can’t wait to hear what she learns from it. I appreciate that the generations of women before us are trying to make a path for younger women so we are not faced with as many challenges in our careers.

I can not tell you how many times I have heard someone say that phrase. It is deliberately sexist towards women. Men don’t think anything of it when they say it, yet it is degrating to women everywhere. “Make me a sandwich, woman!” refers to centuries ago when women were the homemakers and expected to make food for the men in the family, especially for the husband when he returned home from work. In this particular video, the woman declines and tells the man “Make it yourself”. If someone said this to me, I would probably be flaberghasted and not reply. This phrase makes me feel controlled by the opposite sex and makes me feel like I have no rights. I do not want to be bossed around and be told what to do, and you should not give into the phrase either if someone says it to you.

β€œIn the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”
― Nicholas D. Kristof, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

My opinion has not really changed about Women Rights and Women Equality. I have always believed that men have the upper hand while women are looked down upon. But this quote really pulls the topic apart, piece by piece, on how woman equality has changed over the centuries. It showed me that it has taken this long to get this far and we still have a long way to go. We still have strides to take to make equality better. Back in the 1800’s, women were expected to stay at home and take care of the children, but now a day, women are expected to get a job in the world, but those jobs are not of equal status as men. Many times when a job positon needs to be filled, the hiree will choose a man over a woman because of the many sterotypes. I can’t wait to see what changes will take place in the future.

WOW! I cannot tell you how much I love the novel I am reading. I am a person that hates to read and does not want to pick up a book in my free time, but I encourage all to read the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I didn’t even get to chapter one and I could have already finished my book notes, there were so many interesting facts, quotes, and ideas for my Capstone project. I can see how this book is helping me in my everyday life because I will not stand for 2nd best. I want to be THE best. I will not let men topple over me just because I am a different gender. Some very interesting things that caught me attention were “knowing things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better” and “We stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us, women who had to fight for the rights that we now take for granted”. I can’t wait to read more and blog about some great ideas!

I love how Ellen Degeneres out a little spin on women in the election. 19 women were voted into the senate. NINETEEN! What a difference has been made in history as women were not originally allowed to hold higher jobs in political areas. I also love this video because of the humor Ellen has with how women could save the economy with coupons. I have never thought of that before but I actually think it is a pretty genius idea! I’d like to see how the silent treatment would work with other countries if they would give into our demands after a few days.