These Are My Truths

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

I had an interesting conversation with a good friend a while ago about feminism.  I appreciated hearing her views because it caused me to scrutinize my own ideas and values.  I have decided that my experiences have taught me that women are still in need of a voice, a place, and empowerment, especially in the public sphere.  Here are some of those experiences.  I don’t claim that everybody has the same experiences or that everybody should agree with me.  I do claim that these are my truths.

In fourth grade, I had an excellent male teacher who pushed me and encouraged me.  He was tough, and I learned much from him.  He pushed me to increase my memorizing capabilities, and to become an excellent speller.  I won the fourth grade spelling bee.  However, at the end of the year, when he chose the class’s “top student,” he told my mother…

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