Last month I received an email invitation from our chancellor, asking if I would like to attend the PA Conference for Women in Philadelphia on October 25th. At first I was hesitant. Over the past two years, I’ve kind of had my share of the conference circuit, and didn’t want to commit. However, my recent
obsession with interest in women’s studies nudged me to take a peek at the conference’s website to see what it was all about. This is what I found…
"YES PLEASE OMG" I responded quickly (well, in a matter of speaking), hoping my three-day-long hesitation didn’t barricade me from this once-in-a-lifetime offering. Gloria Steinem? THE Gloria Steinem? After watching the recent HBO documentary on Steinem, I have been hungry for more information about her, the women’s liberation movement in the 70s, and feminism in general. I bought A History of U.S. Feminisms by Rory C. Dicker and I’ve been scouring the internet for feminist media sources and blogs (feministing, xoJane, Rookie, Feministe, Tiger Beatdown, the Ms. Magazine blog, and gURL.com, to name a few) and honing my radar in on relevant news articles.
I am insanely excited to be a part of a gathering of intelligent and driven women. Thanks to the conference, I will not only get to devour advice and wisdom from Gloria Steinem, America Ferrera, Gretchen Rubin, Marion Jones, and many more, but I will get to be in the presence of young women who are just like me — seeking guidance, empowerment, and encouragement on the paths that are our lives. I will get to listen to the inspiring stories from women like my school’s chancellor, women who have started their own businesses, psychologists, authors, politicians, fashion designers, bloggers, and students like me.
I am currently struggling with the idea of what will happen after graduation. Though I know that no decision I make has to be absolute, I really just want to put a lot of thought into what’s best for me. What do I really want to do? Where do I want to live? What are my priorities and values when it comes to choosing a career path? I’m hoping that this conference will give me motivation to think more about my options, rather than hiding from them (like I’ve been doing for the past few months).
I know I’m young. I know I can choose my own path at any stage in my life. I know I have hundreds of options. I’m hoping these women can give me a little nudge in the direction that is best for me right now. AND OMG GLORIA STEINEM.