I would not be the woman I am today without the guidance of my parents. Growing up I was the oldest of three daughters. We had three cats, two birds and a number of furry little creatures – all females. I can only imagine how my father felt being the only male in the house! Although my dad never had a son, he taught his daughters how to be strong self sufficient woman. Cutting the lawn, building a bird house, even learning how to lay tile – whatever he thought would help us when we went out into the world on our own.
When I got my license, I saved and saved until I had enough money to purchase my first car. Like any teenager, I was so excited to drive, pick up my girlfriends and take them for a spin…but it wasn’t that simple. First my father required I learn how to change a tire. After doing so (several times) and learning various things about the engine, I was finally allowed to take my car out.
My dad wasn’t just a sports loving, car fanatic…he also helped around the house. Nights when my mother would come home late, he was the one making us all dinner, doing the laundry, giving us baths. My parents had no set responsibilities. They were both capable of changing a light bulb or cooking a pasta dinner (although my mother’s cooking always beat his!).
Also, as we were growing up my parents stressed we should respect, treat, and love everyone equally. It doesn’t matter the color, age, gender, size or shape – what does matter is the way you treat them. As a new intern at A Woman’s Place (AWP) I discovered one of their core values is: Social Justice: A Woman’s Place analyzes structural social inequalities in order to promote justice. This reminds me of my upbringing and The Golden Rule – treat others the way you want to be treated, and I believe, as does AWP, everyone will flourish!
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