HAGS is a brand new podcast aimed at deconstructing and demystifying the ways society values women. Check out the HAGS site for full episodes, suggested reading, and our Bad Ass Bitch of the week.
 

 

DECONSTRUCTING AND DEMYSTIFYING HOW SOCIETY VALUES WOMEN

 
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“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

- MALALA YOUSAFZAI

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THIS WEEK'S BOSS ASS BITCH IS

CLARA BELLE WILLIAMS

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 From Blackisreallybeautiful.wordpress.com

Clara Belle Williams was the first black graduate of New Mexico State University. Many or her professors would not allow her inside the class room, she had to take notes from the hallway; she was also not allowed to walk with her class to get her diploma. She became a great teacher, of black students by day, and by night she taught their parents (former slaves) home economics.


Making education a priority, Clara urged her sons to succeed in higher education and they did just that. All three went to college and graduated with medical degrees. Charles attended Howard University Medical School in Washington D.C. Jasper and James graduated from Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Neb. They went on to found the Williams Clinic in Chicago, Ill.


Clara went on to receive many honors during her lifetime. She succeeded despite significant obstacles of discrimination placed before her while pursuing higher education. In 1961, NMSU named Williams Street on the main campus in her honor. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from NMSU in 1980. Williams passed away in 1994. She was 108.

February 12,  2019

 

 

“We liked to be known as the clever girls. When we decorated our hands with henna for holidays and weddings, we drew calculus and chemical formulae instead of flowers and butterflies.” 

- MALALA YOUSAFZAI

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