A fourth grade teacher found the best note ever under a student’s desk
Today is International Women’s Day, and in light of recent events making feminism matter more than ever, it’s also been dubbed the Day Without A Woman. That is, a day where women go on strike to prove that life won’t operate as usual without us. It’s also a great time to recognize the little women coming up next who will follow in our footsteps and hopefully, go much further.
Twitter user Elly shared an adorable note her friend, a fourth grade teacher, found under a student’s desk. Presumably, a female student.
My fourth grade teacher friend found this under one of her students' desks. <3 <3 <3 pic.twitter.com/7NSxIa6ujn
— Elly (@SMLXist) March 6, 2017
The scrap of notebook paper contains a message that will make every feminist grin ear-to-ear. “Do you want to join a club for female empowerment. We are the leaders.”
First of all, can we join? We might not be 10 years old, but we can still use all the empowering we can get. Pass us a note too, please. Oh, and we have a pretty high-profile empowered woman supporting the club too.
Secondly, let’s remember fourth grade when we were kids. I was singing “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid” songs on top of snowbanks at recess. Reading tons of Baby-Sitters Club books and obsessing over Saved by the Bell. The closest I came to being an activist was drawing a few posters about saving the whales, which was super trendy in the 1990s, if you’ll recall.
My mother never talked about feminism or empowerment. Neither did any of the other women in my life. But now? Little girls have a whole new world open to them. We’re having real conversations about girls and women and our place in the world. We’re paying attention to what movies, television shows and books have meaningful female characters with goals other than securing a prince. We’re encouraging our daughters to excel in math and science rather than dubbing it something for boys, like I so often heard as a kid.
In short, girls have an experience and awareness now that we didn’t at their age. And it’s amazing. From daughters joining their moms at the Women’s March to girls seeing films like “Hidden Figures” and understanding what they’re capable of, we’re making progress. We still have a ways to go, but if this student’s note is any indication, we’re on the right track.