Growing up, I experienced many gender-based injustices and I saw it as a prevalent thing happening in my community. As a result, I continue to work hard to foster a society where everyone is equal so that people may have a better quality of life.
There is no particular day when I became interested in social justice. I have always fought for things to be fair. I became more determined to succeed when I saw how children I cared for were judged based on their level of development, culture or sex.
Beth Schmidt graduated from Middlebury College and holds a Masters in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Fellow and was recently celebrated on Forbes’ 2013 “30 Under 30” list for her work in education.
When she was just four years old, Molly Burke’s world began to darken: she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal disease causing loss of vision.Drawing from deeply personal experiences, Molly brings audiences, especially students, a uniquely young and current perspective on issues many of them face each day. Her message—that any challenge in life, whether it’s bullying, mental illness or a loss of vision, can be overcome—resonates powerfully.
Another young Canadian woman is dead as a result of sexual abuse, exploitation, and subsequent victim-blaming, and, yet again, public discussion and media coverage is reducing this story from one of gender-based violence and oppression to one of bullying.
A few years ago I participated in a mentoring program through the Women’s Executive Network (Wisdom II). I had the privilege of being mentored by Lieutenant Colonel Maryse Carmichael, Pilot and first female Commanding Officer of the Canadian Snowbirds.
Maman! C’est spontané. Viscéral. Animal même. Quand tu as faim. Mal. Peur. Quand tu te retrouves au bout du monde, perdue. Quand la toilette du voisin du haut te coule sur la tête. Ou simplement quand tu tentes de cuire ton premier poulet. Même à 28 ans, il n’y a rien qui remplace une mère.