...loves the fact that his 15 year old daughter goes to an all girls high school. She is nearing the end of her freshman year and I have watched here blossom into a strong, opinionated young woman.
Such a change from here 8th grade year in a public, coed middle school.
I am so proud of her that it makes me want to burst open.
And even though she misses boys, (on our 30 minute ride to the orthodontist yesterday, she scoped out and commented on all the "hot boys" that she had just seen during our trip at least a dozen times), she really does love being in an educational environment that is devoid of them.
She wants to be a doctor. Specifically, a surgeon. And I know she'll make it.
Honestly, for women, it's sometimes a lot better for them when us dudes aren't around.
When I went to the Naval Academy back in the 80's, I saw how hard it was for women to succeed there. They had to be twice as good as the guys in order to receive half of the credit.
And when they spoke up, they were classified as "bitches" or "lesbians" or "difficult."
My kid, she's not gonna face that...because of the women who came before her...who spoke out, (and continue to speak out), in spite of all the misogyny that they had to deal with.
My daughter has the space, every day, to speak her mind in a community of women. It has helped make her the person that she is today. I eagerly anticipate how it will continue to shape her over the next few years.
And it makes me appreciate even more how important it is to have that "space" and respect.
But I still worry about all of those men out there who still don't "get it." Who might try to prey on her because she's a petite woman. It scares me.
And I really, really wish...that as a father, that I didn't have to live in such a world.