I was in Providence for a few days this week and drove by my school as I often do when I am home. I attended Lincoln School for Girls from 5th grade until I graduated. At the time, I didn’t think too much about going to all girls school beyond the annoyance of it as a teenager sitting around a lunch table.
As an adult, I feel so very lucky to have had the experience of growing up in a community of girls. Of course, it wasn’t all rosy but there was an awful lot of support. We were all leaders and students and athletes. We did it all and never questioned that we were the ones to do it. My years at Lincoln were just as empowering as any brochure about single sex education claims the experience to be. In college and beyond, I never questioned my ability to lead and to think. I participated in classroom discussions and questioned professors. I never even considered dumbing myself down to impress a boy.
I was in a bit of a rush when I drove by Lincoln earlier this week and hadn’t intended to stop but a series of banners demanded to be photographed. Lining the street in front of Lincoln are banners celebrating the wisdom, leadership and intelligence of girls. With a hat tip to the “Like a Girl” video that I wrote about earlier this year, Lincoln clearly knows how to celebrate all the awesome things a girl can do.