I am excited to share light with all of you this week with dear friends and colleagues, Victoria Lopez-Herrera, Mila Padgett and Dr. Wendy Windsor.
I had the opportunity to spend time with these light sharers on International Women’s Day. Please join us by listening to the vlog as Wendy, Victoria and Mila share with us insights about the intersectional identities of women, barriers women face, the critical role of mentors and the importance of colleagues exhibiting allyship.
My critical hope with today’s light is for a deeper understanding of why it’s vital for us to listen to understand women’s lived experiences and to be actively engaged in positive change by exhibiting allyship in our home and workplace.
I decided to connect with Mila, Victoria any Wendy after recently hearing from a journal that a research manuscript about women in collegiate recreation. will be published this year. Mila and I interviewed 36 women in collegiate recreation. The interest for this research about women came about after facilitating a couple pre-conference workshops for women. We were curious to hear from women anout their lived experiences, specifically those working in collegiate recreation. We wanted to know more about the women in our field.
Here is a direct quote from the article that will soon be available in an issue of the Recreational Sports Journal, “In 1959, the National Intramural Association (NIA) opted to eliminate women from its membership. The commitment to gender diversity passed as a revision to NIA’s constitution in 1971 to reinstate women as members. The gender equity movement and the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 played key roles in advancing collegiate recreation (McFadden &Molina, 2016). Fifty years later there is still limited information regarding the experiences had by women in the field.”
Why was this, how did this impact women’s experiences and what is the experience had by women in our field? Our study began the exploration. There is still much work to do. May this encourage others to learn and listen to the women we work with and the women we call friends and family.
☀️🧡Happy Friendly Light Friday!🧡☀️
With love, light and wellbeing,
Sharing Light this Friendly Light Friday
Quisieron enterrarnos, pero no sabian que Somos samillas. They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds. - Mexican Proverb (Shared by Victoria)
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” - Maya Angelou (Shared by Wendy)
“Do the best you can until you know better, Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou (Shared by Mila)