At the age of 22, if a woman has a college degree, but no husband OR child, her chance of dying alone increases to approximately 87%. If by 30, this woman still hasn't managed to land a man, she might as well kill herself. I mean, seriously.
Obviously, we can't all be the queen, but we can still all be flawless. Some days, I like to streak eyeliner above my lids like I'm Cleopatra, wear my favorite vintage gold lamé lacket and floral Doc Martens, and take on the world.
Our girlfriends are the family we choose -- they are our support system, sharing everything from breakups to breakthroughs. Whether they are inspiring us, coaching us or cheering us on, our girlfriends use their words and actions to bring out the very best in us.
In this game, no matter what female college students do, we lose. Do you want a relationship? You don't care about your studies or career. You're only here for your Mrs. Degree. Do you want to hook up? You're a slut.
To my classmates who continue to make jokes about doing laundry or leaning in, please keep joking! I mean this quite seriously; it is crucial that we keep the conversation going, especially as we throw off our caps in a few short weeks and dive headfirst into the all-too-real 'real world.'
Headlines around Steubenville and Dehli have revealed that, while the media are taking a greater interest in covering sexual violence, we as an audience are not demanding that they address it as the bigger picture.
As I turn on the television to tune into the news, I see powerful examples of female leadership. When I see Secretary of State Hilary Clinton or First Lady Michelle Obama, I stand in awe of their willingness to break the glass ceiling for generations of women to come.