I am furious at women especially those women who keep putting other women in their place. You know those middle class women who think they are doing good and funding a few scholarships for women and the poor. Yes! They might even host a jumble sale or serve at a soup kitchen and think they are doing “good”. And yet! When push comes to shove they always can find a reason not to support another woman or to be prejudiced against a woman succeeding. They too are always pointing out women who have succeeded as examples and then they casually snuff out any possibility that she just might be smart and capable without sexing her way to the top, cheating, or just being the meanest.
There is always that moment when you know they are complying with the rules.
I am furious at men especially those men who do not even see the women and minorities in their view. You know, the ones who get a bump in the night or shins that they are not being open or affirming or maybe not even aware of their constituents or customer base. When they feel the bump they ask someone else to fill the coffee pot and find them some tokens to bestow their energy upon. Then whenever they sense that someone else is noticing they haul out their handful and display them as small and blingy. They never see any woman or minority as anything other than their private expectation, even though they make paternalistic gestures and let their wife do the talking.
On a personal level I am furious for my daughter. I am exhausted and fat with being furious about my own life experiences, and I will not allow those nasty awful moments to happen to my eldest daughter without speaking up and calling it out.
I am furious about my daughter’s undergraduate university. I sent a bright, talented, beautiful assertive young woman to them and she paid all but about $1,000.00 of her way through student loans. She won award after award, she got top honors in math, computers, and engineering and I went to the school to see her win these awards. What I noticed was there was no money awarded with her certificates. NONE. She got to grade all the papers for the faculty because she was so talented, she got to set up their computer labs and instruct the others. They did not present her to the big name companies at graduation. NO, not at all, they did not help her job hunt in the least and so she got another huge loan and went to get an animation certification at the Vancouver Film School in Canada. Still no job offers came in for all her efforts and for all the foot work. It was very expensive.
As a matter of fact, it was her younger sister’s disability-career counselor at her university who connected the eldest with her present University Job in San Francisco.
This past spring I went to applaud loudly as she walked across the stage to receive hugs, flowers and praise from the University President, the faculty, and her advisor for her academic achievements and honors for her outstanding work on Campus. They all came up to tell me she should go on to get her doctorate and what an amazing thinker, writer and worker she was and how she would do so well because of her brilliance. No one failed to mention how beautiful she was.
You know what was missing. As the other graduate students accepted their Master’s degrees we also heard about the graduate studies fellowship$ they were receiving and the programs and jobs they were headed off to pursue. I listened to all the folks around me talking about how amazing all the headhunters were to experience and all the wonder FULL offers these other students were receiving.
She received the highest academic honors everywhere she attended. She worked hard and accomplished amazingly creative pieces of work to share, she made a difference in her program and in her university and she received gratitude for her mastery. Where were/are the offers? Where are the graduate school fellowships? And Why are they not forth coming?
Is it because she did not wear a sequined colored robe or hat to the ceremony? Was it because she did not scream and yell and lose interest in other student’s awards and honors? No, she cheered them on and was enthusiastic for each of their efforts.
It is true she does not talk a great deal, she just moves forward and does her best and problem solves and gets the job completed with creative skill and finesse.
Do women’s educational organizations come forward and say, wow this is a gorgeous, talented, smart young woman how can we make a difference and help her, how can we track down funds to assist her in meeting her goals and needs? NOPE. They tease her about not having a boyfriend and getting married. They suggest she should buy a house, which would be a good investment, not remembering that she has paid every penny of her own way and still has lots more to pay before she is done.
And her math genius and computer know-how seem to make those men and boys very insecure.
So here is my question to you: Where or Who is the best coach/agent/ head hunter in this academic arena whom I can hire to get her into Stanford or MIT and their doctoral programs? Where are the grants for funds for these programs? And where are the funds to pay off her undergraduate and graduate programs right away? I could also use a good grant writer, because although I have great luck at getting funds for other people’s gifted daughters, I am not having luck for my own child.
There I have said it, the fury is released. Can you pass this along to someone who might be helpful on this quest?