Theresa Vail: The New Face of the Miss America Pageant

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theresa vailTheresa Vail is fluent in Chinese, an accomplished archer, a member of the Army Dental Corps, a university graduate with a double-major, and will be competing for the Miss America crown this year.  I was happy to read about her this morning because she has taken it upon herself to empower women through competing (and succeeding) in male-dominated sports.  She is also open to sharing her experiences with bullying during adolescence and to breaking the mold of standard pageant beauty (although she is fit, pretty, blond, and has nice teeth, she will be showing two large tattoos during the swimwear portion of the pageant).  See a local news article about her here, and a magazine article here.  Also, read her blog at missoutdoorgirl.com.

While pageantry makes me cringe on some levels (the whole physical beauty part of it really), I see the positives to it for many women as pageants provide scholarships, leadership experiences, and philanthropic opportunities.  It provides the contestants with the forum for being positive role models.

I appreciate that Theresa is bringing a new face to women who compete in pageants and sharing her unique life story along the way.

 

Girl Guides of Canada, thanks for the cookies and smiles!

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girl guides cookiesTo the Girl Guides that came to my door this weekend,

Thank you for bringing me delicious cookies to snack on.

More importantly, thank you for working hard to raise money for you program.  It takes hard work, effort, determination, and lots of smiling to sell lots of cookies.  You did a wonderful job and I was happy to buy cookies and contribute to a wonderful program.

Thank you, also, for being so excited and happy and thankful.  You definitely brightened up my day!

Sincerely, Jessica

More misogyny in the USA

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Caroline Pla is being told she has to stop playing in a league she’s been a part of for two years because she is a girl.  Is it possible that those behind this are threatened that a female is as good as a male at a traditionally male sport?

Watch this clip from ABC news and decide for yourself.

May the past be the sound, of your feet upon the ground, carry on.

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No one’s ever gonna stop us now

Cause we are
We are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we’re miles away
Sun will come
We will find our way home

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on