To honor the past and impart wisdom for the future, the service branch of Metea’s student government held a program for Women’s History Month titled “Our History is Our Strength.”
A variety of female guest speakers, including Aldermen, businesswomen and law enforcement, discussed their lives and experiences, hoping to encourage the girls in attendance.
“There will be many successes, there will be hard times, and I want you to just really embrace those times because those hard times are what is going to make you stronger. And when you hear that know, know that you can,” said Patty Lee, Senior Banker for First Community Bank.
The keynote address was given by Patrice Curry, a writer and artist who recently appeared on VH1’s “Basketball Wives LA.”
“In this world that is very morally corrupt, you can choose to uphold your morals, and place value in yourself and know your worth. I really believe that as ladies, we have so much more power than we even know,” said Curry.
Angie Lee, a Metea Valley student and co-founder of Angie’s Hope, a charity which seeks a cure for spinal muscular atrophy, also spoke. Emphasizing the importance of each person.
“Let us not underestimate the power of small ideas. Let us not underestimate the power of children. Let us not underestimate the power of those who are ‘disabled.’ Similarly, let us not underestimate the power of women, and let us not allow anyone to question that power we have,” said Lee.
Those in attendance left the presentation with some advice they won’t soon forget.
“If you just look forward and not some of the mistakes you’ve made in the past, you can really focus on becoming who you want to be and following your dreams,” said Erin F., a Senior at Metea.
“Be yourself and be comfortable with who you are, and be comfortable with doing what you want to do and not letting others put you down,” said Sannah B., a Junior at Metea.
“You need to stay focused and keep your blinders on because I think nowadays its so easy to get distracted by things that aren’t really going to help you reach your own goals,” said Madison K., a Junior at Metea.
March has been designated as women’s history month since the 1980’s.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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