Today’s blog post was written by Narah Sanchez-Galvan, a senior at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California. Narah is a member of Ladies First, a club run by Communities In Schools of Los Angeles dedicated to empowering young women and preparing them to succeed in college and the workplace. Narah won the opportunity to have her Ladies First experiences published on Beyond the Classroom through a blogging contest run by the club.
Contrary to popular opinion, not all high school seniors have a lot to look forward to. Family has always been important to me, and in the beginning of my senior year my family was struggling with more than we could handle. My uncle died and my father was diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease that was so serious that an emergency surgery was needed. It almost made me lose my mind. The only thing that kept me sane was Ladies First.
I had only known Site Coordinator Dana Henry as “that lady in the Communities In Schools office,” when she invited me to an after-school group that consisted of all girls who discussed topics that mattered to me. We spoke about our future careers, we had a workshop on how to write a personal statement for colleges, and we learned how to create an elevator pitch in case we met a person who could help us in the future. Meeting every week to talk about these and other topics created a bond among us. View full article »
Today’s blog post is from Communities In Schools Human Resources Coordinator Jessica Adams.
Did history-makers like Susan B. Anthony recognize their potential? What women of today will be remembered tomorrow?
As March marks the celebration of Women’s History Month, we take the time to honor women in history who have managed to blaze an individual trail of leadership, change and innovation. Women such as Susan B. Anthony or Harriet Tubman are just a couple who come to mind. As I take time to think of why these pioneers are so noteworthy, I consider the path they may have taken that led them to go down in history … and I wonder: Did these history-makers always recognize their potential? What women of today will be remembered tomorrow? View full article »
When we turn on the TV or go to the movies, it is as a means of escape. It’s a simple way to forget about our problems for a little while and become invested in someone else’s story. Entertainment is meant to make us laugh and cry about the characters we see on the screen. It’s certainly not supposed to make us feel bad about ourselves.
Unfortunately, today’s entertainment industry thrives on projecting unrealistic body and lifestyle standards on young women. Women are supposed to be young, thin, sexy and successfully able to juggle love, work and family.
How many times have you watched this movie? The lead female is unsuccessful or unpopular because she’s considered “dowdy.” Or, she doesn’t want to be alone, but her single-minded passion for her job prevents her from finding love. And so the character changes her body or her attitude, and suddenly she’s able to net the handsome guy. Roll credits.
I can think of several movies off the top of my head. And all of them were marketed to a female audience. There are so many “chick flicks” written with young women in mind…but how many movies actually portray real women? View full article »
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Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau give the impression that the achievement gap between the genders is closing; since 2001, the gap between men and women age 25 and older who hold bachelor’s degrees fell to less than one percent. In addition, women make up almost half of the workforce today, up from about 30 percent in 1940. And women hold more than half of middle management jobs.
While all of this is wonderful, empowering news, we need to look past the numbers. Women and men are hardly being treated equally in the United States. Women are still earning less than their male peers, are more often subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, and are having more trouble finding employment after losing jobs during the recent economic downturn. Additionally, the worlds of entertainment, fashion, film and music continue to push unrealistic body image standards on young women. View full article »