“I Want To Make A Difference Mum”
So Is the reason girls attend University purely just to find a husband?
Now begins the start of the next phase of Miss M’s exciting life!
This week we attended her Universities open Day. She will be starting at the end of February and to say that she is tremendously excited is a complete understatement.
After absolutely working her butt off during her final two years of school, she was absolutely overjoyed when she received an early offer to the University of her choice and the 2 degrees she was vying for.
She received the offer the day before the ATAR rankings came out and the first thing out of her mouth during those stressful pre ATAR hours were “#%^* the ATAR, I’m in”!!
Yes she swore like a trooper and yes I was mighty proud of her.
The new day dawned and her phone dinged with that all important message, her ATAR ranking. She was greeted with a very satisfying 84.30. Tears of joy were still shed, I think although a lot of those were tears of relief, a reward for all her hard work.
We then sat down to go through her options, although she has been pretty certain with what she has wanted to do right from the start of year 11.
Commerce, Business and Economics has held her interest for the past three years and these were the courses that she was offered to start in 2016 from her university of choice.
Another passion of hers has always been the cause surrounding feminism, equal rights and humanitarian issues, so after discovering that she may be able to also study Arts majoring in Social Justice alongside a business or commerce degree her eyes lit up!!
” Mum I think I found it” !! Was her excited exclamation!
Raising 4 girls I want only the best for their future. I want them afforded every right and opportunity that is available to their male counterparts.
To hear that one of my girls wants to strive to make that very goal happen just fills me with such immense pride.
However, it has been estimated that women will not find equality and equal pay in the workforce until at least 2095!
Miss M will be the first in our family EVER to attend university. She is the trailblazer. And for her to be charged with such an important mission no doubt fills her with a certain amount of apprehension, but also excitement.
I would have loved to have gone to Uni, however it just wasn’t meant to be..
When I mentioned Miss M’s interest to a few family members over the Christmas break I was met with some very interesting comments, here are just a few samples..
“Commerce? That’s a different career path for a girl”
“Feminism will be redundant in a few years, why is she thinking about pursuing that?”
“Is that the sort of career path she can follow when she has a family”?
“Who knows, you might find your future husband while you are there”
I mean what the hell?
It’s purely comments like these that mean the topic of feminism, especially in the workplace and indeed society is far from dead and probably will be for a very long time.
At the information day we sat in a couple of lectures which were full of information regarding the courses she had chosen. I glanced at her while we were listening and her eyes and ears were doing overtime taking in and absorbing everything around her, she is definitely going to be in her element.
Gone are the days where by the only reason a girl attended university was to find a suitable husband.
Gone are the days whereby a girl attending university meant that she was studying nursing or teaching.
And definitely gone are the days where science, mathematics and business degrees were deemed the domain of the male sex. If anything there were more girls sitting in that business lecture hall than boys.
It was inspirational to see that the future generation of our business leaders were going to be strong independent women, who will hopefully work alongside their male counterparts with equality in both opportunity and financial rewards.
If this does not happen, I’m sure that each and everyone of those girls will work bloody hard to achieve that particular goal sooner rather than later.