Feminist First came up with the wonderful idea to blog about women who support us.
The woman I'm expressing thanks for today is Suzanna Rose. She taught my first women's studies course. Suzanna was my introduction to strong women. She modeled strength in everything she did. The light dawned that, no, we really didn't have to take any crap. It was a watershed moment for me.
In addition to opening my eyes and providing a great education, she stood by me through my toughest time in college. Along with two other women, I filed a formal complaint against one of the most powerful professors at the university for sex discrimination. This professor opted to neglect teaching in his introductory biology course in favor of making horrific comments about women generally, and singling out "third world" women in particular. Suzanna provided counsel and support for the duration of the case. When the hearing turned out to be a sham, and the professor was given a slap on the wrist, she consoled me that now this professor's actions were on record. In the future, things could turn out differently because we'd made things easier for other women by fighing. Those words are still with me.
Growing up without role models is extremely difficult. I was lucky enough to find a role model in my early twenties. Suzanna, thank you.