Archive for: November, 2016

“I do it for all the little girls”

So we didn’t shatter that highest glass ceiling yet. Like many people, since last week I’ve been trying to stay positive and think of things I/we can do to promote a better, supportive society. A recent article in the New York Times shares stories from women who were told they couldn’t do something because of their gender, but they did it anyway.

I wanted to be inspired by this, but was totally depressed by all the times women have been suppressed or just not recognized as the capable people we are. One particular story that got me was of a young woman majoring in computer information systems who said, “It has been hard to stay motivated, but I do it for all the little girls who are told what they can and cannot do.” If I read that the week before the election I may have found it inspiring. But today, I just think of this poor woman trapped in something she doesn’t love (or worse, maybe she used to love it but has been worn down by all the negative reactions people have given her), ultimately doing it for someone else.

I want to be a good example. I love that Hillary Clinton was (is!) an amazing role model for girls everywhere. I want more women in STEM so that girls who are interested can see themselves in those fields. But is it a good decision for someone to devote their career to something because of a sense of duty? I really don’t know.

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Sadness and Resolve

Nov 09 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

I am sure many who read this blog are feeling low right now. Almost half of this country voted for someone who, among other things, disparages science and outright disrespects women. Out of my despair the only thing I can think to do is stand up for what I believe in. It is time to defend what is under attack.

Support science! Spread knowledge! Defend women’s rights! Take action!

And this, from Senator Cory Booker:

“Early Morning Thoughts on Today, November 9th.

This is not a time to curl up, give up or shut up.

It is time to get up; to stand up, to speak words that heal, help, and recommit to the cause of our country.

We had an election defeat, but we are not defeated.

We hurt, we fear, we may even regret that we did not do more.

But character is not defined, forged or built in good times.

The fire of adversity forges our steel.

And the searing heat of defeat reveals what we are made of.

We tell our truth not in what happens to us but in how we react – how we face a setback; how we rise when knocked down; how we work through fatigue and frustration; how we bring grit to our grief and heart to our hurt.

The will of a patriot is indomitable.

I regret that we have but one life to give to our country.

And thus, as long as we have breath in our bodies and blood in our veins, nothing can stop us from serving, helping, sacrificing and struggling for the cause of America – a cause that is 240 years old, a cause greater than our pain, sorrow, or fears – a cause that has seen agony, loss, setback, and defeats – but one that has never, ever surrendered.

We are shaken, but our will must be firm.

This finite defeat will not end our infinite hope – in us, in America, in all her people no matter what their faith, race, or political party.

Our light is inextinguishable, no matter how much darkness we face.

We must be brilliant now, when it is needed most, not a dim, dull capitulation to the gloom that abounds.

We are prisoners of hope – knowing hope and faith do not exist in the abstract; they are the active conviction that frustration and despair will never have the last word.

So let us stand up today. Let us pledge allegiance to our nation with renewed conviction and courage.

Let us be determined to reach out to our fellow countrywomen and men.

Let us encourage others.

Let us be gracious.

Let us seek to build bridges where they have been burned.

Let us seek to restore trust where it has been eroded.

Let us stand our ground but still work to find common ground.

Let us be humble and do the difficult work of finding ways to collaborate and cooperate with those whose political affiliations may differ from ours.

But let us never, ever, surrender, forfeit, or retreat from our core values, our fundamental commitments to justice over prejudice; economic inclusion over poverty and unmerited privilege; and, always, love over hate.

Let us speak truth to power; fiercely defend those who are bullied, belittled, demeaned or degraded; and tenaciously fight for all people and the ideals we cherish.

It is a new day.

We love our country; we will serve it, defend it, and never stop struggling to make its great promise real for all.

And no one gets a vote on that.”

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