What can a pair of cute shoes & conversation do? I'll tell what they can do, they can transform a timid girl with no dreams into a national leader for the rights of baby girls,, they can take wayward students to graduate school and they can bring a single teenage mother to a career in science and engineering.
I am lucky to know these four women, they were my students. And they liked my cute shoes.
We spent hours after class chatting about life & fashion. They didn't have a dream, and they certainly didn't know their own power as women. They didn't think they liked math or science and they were surprised to have a female professor. They were the students that others had given up on, if they even saw them at all. They were the girls who didn't fit the mold, as society believes anyway. Over many conversations, they began to dream, & I encouraged them. I tied math & science to makeup & the fun girly things of life. They began to blossom. They found they loved math & science & they weren't just good at it, they were phenomenal. They realized they could define their destiny as women, as scientists, as leaders, all while wearing cute shoes. Fierce and fashionable- they are having a positive impact on society as I write.
I am so proud of these ladies, and so grateful for the lesson they taught me. They taught me that some dreams are not yet dreamt, a latent seed waiting to nourished with interest, time, conversation, faith, non traditional education, and of course, cute shoes.
I have a new dream, to reach every & any women who hasn't found her way through this power because standard education will never see us as we are, smart, beautiful, stylish, & free to define our own way, no matter what shoes we wear.Girls Transform the World 2013