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Introducing myself and my journal: Be conscious, be aware and be a vessel of change.

About Me:
I am a mom, a feminist, a vegan, an animal rights activist and a student. I am outspoken -- more like I have a big mouth. However I use my powers for good not evil. I am an only child. I have two daughters of my own, nearly grown up. One in high school and the other in college. I am divorced, and before you say 'oh, that is too bad, I am sorry...' I left him and I have a new outlook on life and what really matters. For some reason people tend to say they are sorry to hear or some variation of that when they ask if I am married and I say no I am divorced. It is not a defect or debilitating condition you know?

I volunteer for a low cost spay and neuter clinic and help with the pet food bank. I enjoy attending consciousness raising events a.k.a. protests of the peaceful variety. Raising awareness is my goal when protesting. Education is power, gee if I only realized that in my early 20's, things would have been a little easier.

I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and I am currently working on a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies. I enjoy the subject matter a great deal. As I am 40 years old, it is very interesting to see and hear the reactions of very young women in class regarding the 'olden days', which to some of them means the 60's. :) I went back to school in 2000, when my girls were old enough to handle coming home from school and me not being there. I must say, I absolutely love taking classes as an adult, a huge difference from my first attempt at college after high school. I am planning on continuing courses for the rest of my life, I really enjoy it as it is now a challenging hobby.

I love reading, especially biographies and non fiction. I carry a book around in my bag everyday, just in case I am stuck waiting in traffic or a long line. I write in my books too, like, a lot. I make notes in the margins and highlight points of interest and I dog ear the pages. That is the reason I do not go to the library to borrow books. I do have an obsession with books. I have shelves and shelves full. I really like going to used book stores or when the library has their used book sale. I find really cool books at estate sales also. Old books are so interesting to me, It is so neat to find a note or folded letter in an old book after I get it home and really look through it. I like reading the inscriptions too.

I have cats and dogs and a turtle. I sometimes do foster parenting for homeless cats until they can find a forever home. There is a blind cat sanctuary I really would like to visit in the spring. It is on the east coast, so it will be a fun road trip.

I would love to travel to India and Africa someday. I have seen videos, documentaries, and read the accounts of the oppressive and abusive conditions women must endure and I have also seen a lot of good beginning to be done in these vids and articles. I would really like to do some volunteering with rural women. I sometimes get angry with myself when I complain about traffic or too large of a laundry pile...when there are serious abuses and injustices happening every moment of the day to girls and women. The devaluing of women is pervasive and I think westerners could learn a great deal from seeing these situations first hand and working toward doing good for them. And by doing good, I mean what they actually need, not what we think they need. I know I could learn so much from the women and maybe they could learn something from me too.

Thanks for reading my journal.

Terri

My Passions:
animal and women's rights

My Challenges:
not enough time to do and see all that I would like to

My Vision for the Future:
continuing my education, traveling, advocacy

My Areas of Expertise:
animal care, accounting, cranking out research papers ;)

Comments

Rita Banerji's picture

hi :)

hi Terri,

i always say of divorce in India -- that if divorce was more common 25000 women would not have to die in dowry related murders each year!

When women tell me they've got divorced -- I always say "good for you! Many don't have the guts for it even when they know it is not right any more."

True -- studying at a later stage in life is so much more rewarding -- not just because you bring to it to, but you know exactly what you want to take from it. It feels so much more empowering.

I used to teach biology (in the U.S. :-) at a univ. in washington. And I did 2 afternoon sections with undergraduates, and a night class mostly for adults returning to college who worked during the day. My night class was a joy because i knew every single person in there wanted to be there and we would connect differently.

If you want an over-view of Indian history and really Indian people's collective psychology do check out my book "Sex and Power" -- it is at many Universities in the U.S. now (maybe it is at yours?) http://ritabanerji.wordpress.com/sex-and-power/

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. 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

vivian's picture

welcome sister

You have a very powerful profile with a louder voice. You are welcome to pulse wire here everyone is important, appreciated and loved. We look forward to read your post and are willing to learn what you have to impact in others.

Cheers

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

jadefrank's picture

Welcome!

Dear Terri,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I encourage you to use your journal as a place to introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of over 7000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. Check out what others are writing about in Voices Rising. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

Also, please join us in our letter writing campaign to help pass the International Violence Against Women Act. Learn more: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/international-violence-agai...

This is a safe space for women to share, connect, learn, support and grow in the empowerment process together.

Warm regards,
Jade

Online Community Manager
World Pulse

Jeremy Dunlap's picture

A 4-years-too-late welcome

A 4-years-too-late welcome from a fellow vegan/attempted-full-withdrawer-of-support from the animal exploitation industry! I hope you've found World Pulse a welcoming and useful community, and are having a good time in school, if you're still there. I also went back to school later in life and recognize the challenges inherent in it, but also that being a little more experienced can work to your advantage.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your experiences! Have a good day.

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