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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
I am a full time college student. This fall I will begin my senior year which is exciting. I am a psychology major and Women's Studies minor. I hope to work with refugee women and children. I want to learn everything I can on the state of women today globally and what I can do and what we all need to do to help.

My Passions:
Art, dance, music and people

My Challenges:
I tend to get overwhelmed with the things I learn and struggle to find an outlet

My Vision for the Future:
To make this world a better place with my own two hands

My Areas of Expertise:
Psychology and Women's Studies - a feminist perspective

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AshleyAnne's picture

Thoughts

I am currently taking a Women's Studies class. It is an independent study meaning it is just me and my professor. The focus of the class is refugee and immigrant women and a global perspective. It has been great but also really frustrating. I am really glad to be a part of this community where I can continue to learn. I want to bring attention to these things to the people around me. I live in the southeastern area of the United states which means racist and sexist attitudes are common but ignored and passed off like "thats just the way it is." It is so frustrating! Why are people not seen as equal? How do humans behave so uncaring to other humans. Here in the U.S. I feel like one huge thing that is feeding these inequalities and attitudes, globally too, is the consumer mindset. Here it is this idea of the American dream and keeping up with what everyone else has. What one has is never enough there is always more. I am drained and fed up with this. Americans in large part don't know and maybe don't care that their clothing is being made in sweat shops because "thats the way it is and at least we have cheep clothes." I have a strong desire to shop fair-trade and live a more simplistic life. I hope that this will catch on but honestly there does not seem to be an end in sight.

I am sorry these thoughts are not hopeful ones but they are what they are. These are things that i have been thinking about. I want to help. I want to make a difference. I am thankful for my education and the things I am learning and I hope to meet and empower others, as well as be empowered and learn from my sisters all around the globe.

AAC

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

jodelight's picture

hope

Hi there,

I wanted to welcome you to the PulseWire community. We are glad that you are here.
I wanted to respond also to your entry regarding the injustices in the world. I agree that there is so much that is wrong, and that is does at times seem like there is little light at the end of the tunnel. However, I think that acknowledging the good that is growing is so important. And yes, there truly is goodness and hope blossoming everywhere.
I was working in Cambodia last year and actually had the rare opportunity to go to a "sweat shop"-garment factory. It was a truly bizarre experience. As you may imagine, the conditions were not good.
There are many stereotypes that come with garment factories,and there is alot of truth in them, but life is complex, and so are these issues. I know that garment factories are not considered good jobs in the western world, but in Cambodia, it was different. Don't get me wrong, these were not considered good jobs, but what they were focusing on there, was improving the situations, and the work standards. Many of the women, while disliking the circumstances of their job, needed their job. Their job provided much much needed income.
I think that one step towards change is working with what we have. We should make the huge corporations accountable to an international humane standard of work ethics. There are many examples, where corporations have changed their standards do to pressure from their consumers.That accountability must be continued for continual change. And yes, consumerism is a whole other issue. I also feel the greasiness of the consumer world. But again, one huge issue at a time.
In short, I will add that is was a somber moment, months later when after I returned to the US, I went to a department store, and saw those specific articles of clothing that had been made in the sweat shops. I mean the same clothes, the print, the style, the tags. I was speechless, and actually almost broke down in a department store.
It was a strange connection to a big chain that is bigger than me.
Anyway, I do believe we can invoke change. We must begin with our voices and our actions. Don't let yourself fall into the chasm that life is hopeless. We have to find it in ourselves to take steps towards change. Your energy alone can change so much.
Do write back if you care to keep up this dialogue.

Best,

Jody

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