LS Chapel Celebrates Strengths of Girls and Women
Posted 02/10/2017 03:13PM

On Tuesday morning the Chapel played host to a very special collection of experiences--all intended to call attention to the perseverance of women and girls both in the United States and around the world.

Ms. Dudley Busick's fifth grade class members designed this multi-layered exploration of the power of women, and chose to include:

  • A skit that the students wrote and then performed for their peers, which told the tale of a girl who fought to go to school in defiance of Taliban law. As one of the fifth graders who played a schoolboy recited after he and his fellow male learners defended their new female classmate, "I can take what's wrong and make it right."

    "Isn't that what voices were designed for, to work for justice and peace?" asked the girl who dared to go to school.

    "Yes they were!" resoundingly responded the other actors.
  • A story Ms. Busick told about her great-grandmother Anne Dallas Dudley, a woman in the South who fought for women's voting rights. As Ms. Busick shared, "About 101 years ago, she and her family led a march of 2,000 men and women, and then spoke to a crowd about women deserving the right to vote. Her efforts caused Tennessee to be the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution so women could have the vote in the United States.
  • A special speech by Upper Schooler Nahida M. '18, who shared her experiences of what it was like to grow up in Afghanistan as a girl.  
The next step for the fifth graders will be to host an art fair, where all proceeds will benefit the Refugee Care Collective (one of OES' partner organizations you may remember from the giving season). Stay tuned!
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