Breaking BoundariesMarch 7, 2017
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I remember my college days well. I graduated about ten years ago and have very fond memories of great friends, fun times and lots of lessons learned. However, my college experience was not without challenges. In fact, overcoming gender stereotypes was probably the hallmark of my college experience. Breaking those boundaries is something that has given me so much pride and has really shaped the person that I am today. That’s why I’m really loving the Strength Has No Gender™ initiative from Brawny®.
Back in high school, I really enjoyed the subjects of mathematics and chemistry. That led me to study chemical engineering in college. I was excited about really mastering advanced topics in those subjects. However, as I sat in classes in my undergraduate studies, I quickly realized that this was a male-dominated industry. In many classes, I realized I was one of only three females in the class of 30 students. I knew that engineering and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects were heavily populated by males, but I didn’t realize originally just how much of a minority I would be.
It soon became clear that I needed to work twice as hard as my peers to be taken just as seriously. However unfair that may be, I was up for the challenge. I decided I would work twice as hard until it was obvious that I was just as capable as my male peers.
So, beginning in my freshman year and continuing through all four years of my undergraduate studies, I studied long and hard. I mastered oxidation-reduction chemical reactions. I really understood the principles of thermodynamics and the methodologies of designing chemical reactors. I took the time to become fluent in advanced complex algebra and differential equations. Eventually, there was a definite satisfaction to truly understanding and mastering the material.
In fact, I took great pride in being able to conquer the subjects. There is something special about working on a chemistry problem for an hour (sometimes the problems would be so complex with many individual steps that it would take that long), and then discovering the perfect solution that satisfies all the requirements.
My hard work certainly paid off. There were numerous exams over my four years of studies, where I earned the top grade in the class. My dedication to studying earned me a GPA of 3.87 upon graduating. Not only did I graduate summa cum laude from my undergraduate school, but I was also accepted to study chemical engineering at the graduate level at an Ivy League University.
Yes, my time in college was a memorable experience. I worked hard to debunk some myths and counter those stereotypes that I faced. My experience in college taught me many lessons, the most important of which is that girls are just as capable as boys of excelling in STEM subjects. As a current mom of two young daughters, I am taking the opportunity every day to encourage my kids to pursue their interests in science and math. After my experiences in college, it’s so important to me that my girls understand that they are just as capable of success in STEM subjects as anyone else. This is why I am happy to support the Strength Has No Gender™ initiative from Brawny®.
Although the original Brawny® man (Eric Solie) will always be popular, Rosie the Riveter is the new female role model, who is just as strong and impressive! Indeed strength has no gender. Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with physical strength- it’s all about debunking gender stereotypes! The Strength Has No Gender™ campaign puts the focus on the motivational stories of women across the nation, who have been breaking stereotypes in traditionally male-dominated industries.
Not only do I love that Brawny® is promoting female empowerment, but I am also a regular purchaser of Brawny® Pick-a-Size 8 Giant Plus. These paper towels actually offer more sheets per roll (compared to leading national brand comparable roll and sheet size). Plus, they’re so absorbent that I need to use fewer sheets to clean up messes. As a mom of two young kids and a new puppy, there are plenty of messes that I deal with on a daily basis. These paper towels are one of my everyday essentials!
Did you know that March 8 is actually International Women’s Day? Let’s all support female empowerment and help Brawny® in this important mission. Look for Brawny® Paper Towels at Walmart, specifically the following variety: exclusive to Walmart, limited-time Strength Has No Gender™ pack.
Want to see an example of a strong woman who is breaking down barriers on an everyday basis? Check out this video below, featuring Vernice Armour.
Learn more about what makes Brawny® Paper Towels better than the competition and tell me: Have you ever debunked gender stereotypes? Did you overcome any obstacles in college?