- Posted October 13, 2012 by
Metro Detroit, Michigan
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Do the math: Girls + Education
Next Gen of Educated Girls and Boys
I married a college educated man. We have 3 daughters. When I was pregnant for the third, I told him I wished we would have a boy. He told me it didn't matter, because there wasn't anything you could not enjoy doing with a daughter that you could with a son!
I worked hard promoting education as I raised my daughters. My husband participated in that as well. As a result, all are excellent students. The oldest graduated with high marks from the University of Michigan and is now an Officer attending Flight School in the US Navy. She also married an educated man who supports her education. She supports his continuing education as well. The second daugher is a talented accomplished singer and studying vocal performance at Western Michigan University. The youngest is an honors student at Walled Lake Western Highschool also with plans for higher education.
Professional and personal learning is a continuing life long joy for all of us. I have stopped practicing my faith within traditional Christian religion because it subjugates women to men. Women are viewed as weak, dependent and sinful. This view narrowly defines gender roles promoting a male-only agenda while devaluing women and girls. This view hinders them from reaching their full potential and in effect hinders all of society-men and women, boys and girls alike.
I give credit and thanks for the success of my family to the many brave women like Malala and also to all the men that have supported them from nations around the world in the past, present, and future. Together we will continue to educate ourselves and improve the quality of life for the future generations of the world.