“I was never told about masturbation. I was never told about the clitoris. My family is from West Africa and I had a lot of internal shame about my body and about my sexuality. My first orgasm was a life changing experience- I was determined to learn about my own body intimately before anyone else did.” – Dalychia Saah is a sex educator, and the co-founder of Afrosexology.
“Female athletes are praised for their bodies while male athletes are praised for their athleticism. I did a research paper in college about Title 9 and discovered that it helped women’s programs but it didn’t hurt men’s programs the way many claim it did. There are girls who play football in High School but rarely do they have the opportunity to play football in college. Today only 2% of sports broadcasting is dedicated to women’s sports.” – Allison Dellicarri is a student at Marist College and an accomplished runner on their track and field team.
“After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Biology degree, I applied for a soil science job in Farmington,NM. I was warned that the man who ran the lab, the Chemist, was difficult to work with. If he approved me, I had the job. He was a much older man, Danish and wore a pissed off expression. He was a brilliant scientist, and he approved me and went on to teach me how to soil testing by hand rather than with instruments. We also both loved photography and one day I said, “There’s a Diane Arbus show in Los Angeles – I wish I could see it.” And he said, “Then go.”I said there was no way I could go. I have to work and I didn’t want to travel that far alone. He said, “Don’t be one of those people that never sees or does anything in your life because you’re afraid. Life is short – just go. I’ll pay for the train ticket and clear your schedule.” I took the train by myself from Farmington to LA, it was a great trip. He was the first person I told that I wanted to go to nursing school. And he told me at one point that he approved me being hired because I was nice to look at. Maybe it was a sexist reason for hiring me, but working for him changed my life.” – Olinka Foster is a Clinical Research Associate with Veterans Affairs and a BSN/RN.