We are pleased to share with you our first article on the ever so fabulous website, I AM THAT GIRL. Here’s a little bit of info about this great organization:
I AM THAT GIRL is building a community of girls are thinking for ourselves, speaking our truth and discovering our purpose.
Being THAT GIRL is an identity, a responsibility, a and an opportunity for us to stand for something bigger than ourselves and to lift each other up. Being THAT GIRL means that we recognize our worth, that we’re perfectly flawed and sublimely beauty-full. Every time we look in the mirror, we are reminded that we are the author of our own lives, that we believe in the power of our dreams, feel gorgeous inside and out and we reinvent ourselves in to whoever we choose to be. While we’re certainly out to change the world, we must first start with ourselves. So join our mission, rock this world and be THAT GIRL!
My grandmother did not go to school past the fifth grade. She grew up, quite literally, in the hills of Tuscany during World War II. Her lack of formal education was not a personal choice. My grandmother didn’t go further than the fifth grade because she had to go to work even though she was just ten years old.
Despite her lack of formal education, she is one of the smartest human beings I know. She values education and teachers more than most people I’ve met. Due to her lack of education, she made it her mission in life to make sure that all three of her daughters had one. My mother, her eldest child, remembers when she was nearing the end of her high school career. Naturally, she started wondering what to do next. My grandfather wanted her to get married, have some children and maybe become a secretary. My grandmother’s response? Over her dead body.
All of her daughters were going to go to college, and they all were going to have the opportunities that she did not. My mother ended up going to college, and did so well academically that she was able to get a scholarship to cover her entire graduate education at Hofstra University. My mother has been a high school foreign language teacher for the past 30 years, and she’s had an unbelievable career. When people think of the perfect teacher, they think of my mom.
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