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For International Women’s Day, I want to write something not for the women, but for the girls. The experiences we have as girls, during the time when we come to develop an understanding about the world and our place in it, can shape who we become as women. We never stop learning and we never stop growing. We are constantly on a journey to discover who we are. But sometimes, that journey involves un-learning the assumptions we formed when we were too young to question it.
Every year when International Women’s Day rolls around, I always say I want to write something to mark it, and I never do. Sometimes I just don’t make the time in the days coming up to it, other times I hit a creative block, and others I don’t even realise the day was happening until it’s already arrived. This year, I’m a lot more organised, a lot more energised, and I’m excited to get myself involved in any way I can!
The New York Times recently announced that a record 3 million people now have a subscription to their newspaper. I happen to be one of those 3 million subscribers, and I would imagine their numbers boosted a lot only in the last few months. In a time when the quality of news reporting seems to be going down, and the accusations of ‘fake news’ seem to be increasing, I think it’s important to find a news source that you trust, to support it, and to spread the knowledge that you learn from good quality reporting.
If there’s one thing I can thank New York for, it’s for helping me fall in love with books and reading all over again. I always loved reading for as long as I could remember, but as the story normally goes, once you’re up to your eyes in college work it’s difficult to keep up reading that isn’t directly relevant to your coursework. I have always gone back to my books during the summer between semesters, but this time around was able to read at a volume I just hadn’t met during previous summers. Part of it was probably because I had finished college, and for the first time I wasn’t going to be facing another semester of assigned readings and it felt like I had total freedom over what I was going to read. But being in New York felt like the perfect setting for falling back into a world of books.
At this point, everyone knows that Taylor Swift has become one of the most popular and powerful artists of recent years. Her influence on the music industry is enough to sway even Apple. The media who once wanted to tear her apart for every song she wrote, everything she said, and every boy she stood next to, are now falling over themselves (and rightly so) to point out how awesome she actually is.