Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools Winning Essay

Sowing the Seeds of Womanhood

Kayla Anderson (age 12)

“Sowing the seeds of womanhood.” An important topic, a big one, and definitely one that needs to be talked about.  After the conference for middle and high school girls, I thought about the topic of sowing the seeds of womanhood more deeply.  Before the conference I thought about womanhood, but not as deeply as before.  When you grow up with a broken sisterhood where there is so much hating and fighting between women it seems normal to have that going on.  Truly it is not supposed to be like that, it is supposed to be a tight relationship between sisters.

That day of the conference I learned so much about how sisterhood is suppose to be.  During the conference I learned about how much sisterhood is important and how different you feel when it is around you, especially when you’re not used to being around that.  I learned about the problems going on in my sister’s lives.  I learned about the “three deadly sins of sisterhood,” which are the things that always break up a good sisterhood and always create drama and problems throughout a sisterhood.  We learned about the struggles that our different sisters are going through and learned what struggles they went through to get to where they are today.

Living as a young woman in today’s society is hard, especially when going to Boston’s schools.  There are so many things going on in Boston’s schools.  So much hating between girls and so much fighting.  It is so hard growing up in Boston’s schools with such a broken sisterhood.  It seems normal to everyone to have this going on.  It even seems normal to the teachers to have this drama going on, especially between girls because of our broken sisterhood.  Boys take advantage of these broken sisterhoods and make sure it stays that way.  Growing up in Boston schools with all the drama no one notices the broken sisterhood, except when it is brought to the table, then you start to think of all the things going on.

Today while going to Boston’s schools we have a lot to worry about.  We have so many things that need to be handled.  I like the phrase “sowing the seeds of sisterhood” because it explains so much of what sisterhood is:  sowing, which stands for being all together and being close; the seeds, this means doing what you have to do to keep us together and everyone puts a little in to keep the sisterhood going no matter what ethnicity you are; the sisterhood, which means a community of young woman who encourage each other and are there for each other through whatever, you have to remember it is sisterhood but it is also womanhood, no matter what race you are.  This is what it is supposed to be like, but as we know it is not.  Most of the girls in Boston’s schools were raised in the same society, a broken sisterhood where it is normal to hate and fight.  That’s how it is.

With all of us women working together to rebuild our sisterhood it makes a big difference in our lives.  With us sowing seeds of womanhood there will not be as much hating and fighting between young women because we are to busy sowing those seeds.  With more middle and high school girl conferences we will be back to a healthy sisterhood in no time.  What is sisterhood?  It’s time we decide.  

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