Limitations Are Just Social Constructs

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Illustration created by Lauren Piraro

In any social situation a college student finds themselves in where they are being introduced to new faces, it’s become customary to ask a specific set of questions. These particular go-to questions include: “What’s your major?” and then the subsequent, “Oh, cool. What do you want to do with it?” Some will admit that they are not sure exactly which path they want to take, others find comfort in feigning certainty, and a select few will know exactly what they want. In any case, you are being ask to define yourself and your careers goals in a few short words as if that could ever sum up a lifetime of achievements and adventures.

As many students believe that the major they select in college is the area in which they will be working in for the rest of their lives, it is important to understand that any and all limitations in life are social constructs to be overcome.

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Birds Of A Feather Tweet Together

 

Hello, world! I have recently connected with twitter as a means of expanding my social media connections and would love for you to follow me in order to keep up with all things feminist. I’ll be tweeting when new posts on this blog are uploaded, commenting on current events, and posting inspirational quotes. Open up your twitter horizons and get your daily dose of female empowerment!

 

Fashion Is Feminist: A Cal Poly Girl’s Perspective On Society

Image of Dani Berton taken with permission by Lauren Piraro

Image of Dani Berton taken with permission by Lauren Piraro

In a world where first impressions make all the difference, how individuals express themselves through fashion should be very important. The clothing men and women wear offers onlookers a “Spark Noted” version of who they are and what they value. Although a necessary art form, fashion is often trivialized or dismissed because of it’s obvious associations with women.

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Sheryl Sandberg is my hero

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and author of the best-selling novel “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” visited Minneapolis last week for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing where she spoke about the lack of aggressive and assertive action of women in the work force. Many representatives of the tech world were present, along with 1,600 college students with most of those women pursuing careers in technology.

A Star Tribune article featured the self-proclaimed feminist and career woman as she boldly explained how inequality is still present today with both men and women to blame. According to Sandberg, the advancement of women in business, especially technology, has hit a stand-still.

Sheryl Sandberg’s advice for future college women:

  • Believe in yourself – it’s the first step to achieving your goals.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Do not hold yourself back because you are intimidated.
  • Ask yourself, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

It’s important that young, college women find inspirational role models who can hold their own in a male-dominated industry. Sheryl Sandberg’s pioneering spirit is admirable, especially when you notice that few women with executive positions are daring to speak out about women’s issues.

Recommended viewing: Sheryl Sandberg’s Ted Talk Speech

The “F Word”

The new "F Word" these days in "Feminist"

Image from Wikipedia edited by Lauren Piraro.

During a group discussion last school year in my History of Witch Hunt class (A.K.A the best class ever) one of my female peers stated outright: “I am not a feminist or anything.” The topic of discussion was where women’s history fit into history as documented by men and retold to classrooms all around the world. The thing that made me laugh (and become slightly annoyed) was that her contributions to the conversation afterwards most definitely pervaded support for women’s rights and, ultimately, feminism as a whole.

It was then I began asking myself why so many women strayed from declaring themselves feminists – the new “F Word” in our culture and society.

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