“Women are being objectified and not respected”
Like most school days, Madeleine Charity walks down a narrow hallway on her way to class. While doing so, she bumps into a friend and casually says “what are your views on Social Justice?”, while abrupted but intrigued her friend decides to start a conversation with her. Charity carries the conversation by continuing to talk about feminism. Scenarios like this are normal occurrences that happen in Charity’s everyday life. Other times she has different conversations about topics such as racism and how a community can come together and help improve the issue of social injustices in the states. Yet, in this specific matter she chose to discuss her views and opinions about sexism. She is very passionate about the subject because of the powerful women figures she has present in her life to influence her views on female empowerment. Such figures include her mother and grandmother. To understand their integrity and her respect towards them, one first needs to know the context and story that both females carry, in regards to her grandmother and mother.
Madeleine Charity’s grandmother grew up in the U.S.’s segregated era. Born in the 1950s she had to grow up and start her life as an “independent black women”. Though, when seen today, people view that person as empowering, back then it indicated a person with limitations. In an exclusive interview with Charity, she tells the story of her grandmother’s journey into becoming the strong women she is today and how that experience has impacted her life. Charity states “In my hometown many people assume that women stay in the house, while the men go out and work. My grandmother grew up in the south .. in the 50s-60s and had a baby when she was 19. But she still went to school as an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University and [even went to] medical school at Columbia [University in New York City]![...]She is so smart that people actually threatened to harm her because she was messing up the curved [grades] for the class.” With all of this being said, most people would recognize this potential struggle and run the other way. However, Charity exploits that her grandmother had certain drive that kept her motivated through all of the real world discouragement and pushed for her success. When Charity asks her grandmother “Nana, how did you that” her grandmother simply responds with “I just kind of did”. Though, when written, the reader may not feel that as an appropriate response, be assured that the passion in her voice and the tone of her voice actually expressed that through that ambiguous answer Charity could feel the strong drive her grandmother had when reminiscing in her nanna's journey to her success as influential and almost hedonist in the sense that she wanted to grow a happy life for herself. Onto Charity’s mother (her “most iconic feminist”), both Madeleine Charity and her mom--when living in Boston, Massachusetts--still experienced the problem of misogyny. Charity explains that growing up her mother worked a full time job, thus--evidently--she wasn’t always home. “Unfortunately, no one wanted to carpool with us because I had a nanny taking me to school”, Charity claims “it was frustrating!”. Not only that but in the interview Charity also goes onto talk about a conversation her mother had when she was on a business trip in Germany. One gentlemen, or just a man I should say, was having an intellectual conversation about computer science to her mother and her colleague, yet he subordinated her through the whole talk not realizing that she was actually the boss and assumed she didn't know what they were speaking on simply because she is female. Fortunately, that did not stop her mother from starting her own Women Finance Empowerment Group.“Stuff needs to get done”
To truly understand Madeleine Charity’s passion on Social Justice one must fully understand her context
“Racism is a deeply rooted problem”
Not only is Madeleine Charity passionate about feminism, but she also speaks on racism. Her views and opinions are influenced by both her grandparent’s past. During segregation in the U.S. African-Americans were encouraged to not go to school but to work a factory job instead. It’s clear now that her grandmother took another route. As well as her grandfather who is now a college graduate from Virginia State University and a doctor! Both her grandmother and grandfather were very active in the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tennessee. Her grandfather proclaims that his drive came from the fact that he “didn’t want to be poor anymore”. Seeing a promising future for oneself can essentially motivate a person to keep their journey going to their success. It’s important to never give on your goals and dreams. It’s important to never let go of your passion. And Madeleine Charity gets that very profoundly .Understanding Charity’s family story to gain the context of her passion on Social Justice is important. Now explore her views and the person she has become today.
“[They] worked to give me these opportunities and I don't want to waste them.”
Madeleine Charity is a very ambitious and compassionate student. She is a high school junior attending school in Massachusetts and is moving to Boston right after she finishes her summer program for Computer Science with Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies at Stanford University. Throughout her interview on Social Justice she expresses multiple times the gratitude she has for her parents and grandparents. From them and their experiences she feels that she has become wise and more openly spoken on the issue of Social injustices. Not only that but she is very open-minded. Charity focuses on helping her community by first understanding everyone involved in the area. This can be shown from the recent all school presentation Charity held with her team, in which they encouraged their whole school to join an anonymous based conversation about President Donald Trump. Charity claims “it’s very important for a community to come together and just start conversation on [modern day] news. We see each-other a lot [...] and we’re a community”, the presentations are to expouse her school/community to the views of their peers because it’s essential for them to “understand what the people around them think why”. Charity has spoken up on injustices in many ways that results in her becoming a true leader. This is certain because starting her junior year in fall of 2017 she has been accepted into a leadership role on a team titled “ACHIEVE”. ACHIEVE is an extracurricular that provides tutoring help for kids that need it and exposing those kids with limited means to great role models that are presented and introduced on career day. Charity is most excited about expanding this project to Boston because of their subconsciously segregated education system. Yet, wait there’s more! Charity is also apart of a Students Unite group known as S.U.R.G.E. active in her high school and she is also an advocate for feminism, taking a leadership role in her feminism club.
When asked “why do you do all of this stuff”, besides her passion for it, Charity states “my grandparent worked to give me these opportunities and I don't want to waste them.[...] I don't want to fall into the same pattern of past injustices[, such as racism and sexism]. It’s a big task [but, does not mean it can't be done]. Which, concludes Charity to be a “Cherry Holder”. This is true due to that fact that in the 1800s cherrie were the symbol of the fleeting quality of life's pleasures. Yet, Charity isn't a cherry stem but a holder, undeniably because she conserves the notion of social justice by holding the happiness and/or pleasures of the importances of integrity in a community.