Privilege and Doing it in a Dress
I missed a lot of school as a teen. I hated my School Phobia and I wanted to be at school with my friends. I just couldn’t. Over the years there have been moments where I have lamented my school years, but mostly I haven’t thought about it too much. It’s done, I turned out (mostly) alright.
With Ellie about to go to school, I’ve had it on my mind a little more. It’s hard not to have it playing on my mind as I look to her educational future. I want her to love school as much as I once did, I want her to make friends, be academic but have fun. I want it to be everything it wasn’t for me.
And, knowing my baby girl is about to go off to learn and be all she can be, I was hit with the truth of our great privilege in this country when I discovered One Girl and Do It In a Dress. It was a click through from a tweet which has really changed my life and hopefully, I will be able to change a life in response.
From the Do It In a Dress site;
A girl born in Sierra Leone is more likely to be sexually assaulted than she is to attend High School. We’re currently supporting 150 girls who are attending Primary and High School as part of our Girl’s Education Program. Each year, we need to raise enough money to keep our girls in school. That includes school fees, books, bags, uniforms, medical care and stationary.
My daughter has an amazing opportunity in front of her, one which I had before her but was unable to fully utilise, one that my youngest daughter will also have in the next couple of years. An opportunity that so many girls do not get, even though they desperately want it.
There’s a pain when I think about how much they want what I was simply given. A pain that I did not live up to the opportunity. I feel I threw it away. Even though I felt I could not go. Even with a medical diagnosis. I feel I let these girls down. These girls, who I have never met, who are decades younger. These girls who want so badly what I seemingly threw away.
And I want to help them.
I am as passionate about doing what I can to help with the educating of these girls as I am about about my daughter’s education. An educated girl becomes a woman who teaches her children and a community is changed. An educated girl can change the world. THAT I believe with all that I am.
And so, I am going to Do It In a Dress. I had hoped to be wearing a dress during December but moving has meant I couldn’t do as much as I want so, whatever I am doing, wherever I am going throughout January – if there will be people to talk to, to see me, then I will be doing it. Getting my first tattoo, that’s the big thing I have planned.
I want to raise awareness, light a fire in others and also raise funds. My initial goal is to get two girls ($480) back in school, hopefully, I will be able to raise the stakes as the month goes on.
I am hoping those who support me and donate will help me think of things to do in my dress. I am excited about doing things that, maybe, boring old me wouldn’t normally do. I dream of going on a jumping pillow in a dress – not a big deal to most, but I think I’ve been on a normal sized trampoline all of twice in my life.
I will be blogging, instagraming, facebooking, tweeting and possibly youtubing throughout and would love you to get involved – share, donate if you can, suggest things I can do in a dress. I want to pay forward the privilege I was given – if that even makes sense.
My advertising revenue for the month of January from both here and our review site will also be donated to the cause and any ads I get this month will go toward my Action Kit, which I would ideally like to have ASAP so I can wear my school dress to the family Christmas we do, so if you’ve ever thought you’d like to advertise on BeckyandJames.com this would be the perfect time to try it out and help a great cause.
I’m excited. And I can’t help but wonder if there’s a monetary point where we might get James to pop on a dress, too?