Just a little post really, to mark International Women's Day.
I have never really thought much about this day before, but I have often thought about how lucky I feel to be a woman.
I had the privilege of going to Newnham College, Cambridge, which to this day remains an all girls college. I wasn't sure at first; I mean I was about to leave home, and a big part of university was meeting and dating men - how was I going to do that at an all-female college?!
But I am so so glad I went. From the day I started, I felt honoured to be a part of the college; I learned how hard the women before us had had to fight to attend lectures, and then to have their work acknowledged and then to have their degrees conferred.
How could I not be proud to be a part of that? It meant that I didn't ever take my education for granted. Being part of an all-female community meant I met some life long friends, soul-mates.
And I have re-discovered a community like that over these last couple of months since blogging and joining twitter. A group that is accepting, supportive, kind and always there. Just like my college days.
So I am proud beyond words to be a woman. And I am blessed to have been part of Newnham and now part of this community.
And as for the boys at university...well, you only had to be in the college grounds at 6am on a fire drill morning, with there being at least half as many men looking slightly shifty in their girlfriends' pink dressing gowns, to see that all-girls college didn't always mean 'all-girls'!
I'm linking up with Lulastic for her IWD Blog Hop. Why don't you join in?