During my time at Barnard’s Young Women’s Leadership Institute, the other students and I discussed topics surrounding the feminist movement of the ‘70s concerning women of color. We also discussed current events. We talked about ways in which women can be leaders in everyday life and in the future.
One of my favorite moments was when we had the opportunity to compare two different perspectives of feminism using two novels. We analyzed Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks, which took a radical approach, and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, which took a more liberal approach. One of the moments that impacted me the most was when I attended a workshop session. When I walked in the room, there was a wall full of images that spoke to feminism and sparked many ideas in my mind. Many of the images made me furious because they took part in degrading women. They seemed very sexist and added to the idea of gender stereotypes. Seeing all these images definitely made me more critical about the media and how harmful it can be to the public.
photo by Daniela Galindo
My time at Barnard College has definitely influenced my plans for my future. It is such an amazing school that offers higher education in such a unique way. It’s unique in the sense that it offers such strong female camaraderie, yet you are not isolated within just a group of women. I am a rising senior, and because I really enjoyed being at Barnard and experiencing the New York City environment, I am planning on applying to this institution next year.