My journey as a self-proclaimed Feminist began my freshman year of college, when I read Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher. This book enraged me, saddened me, but most of all inspired me, to try to make a difference in this world filled with sexism and unequal opportunities for girls and women. Why should what’s between my legs determine how much I’m paid, or what jobs I can even do? I have never contemplated suicide. I have never mutilated myself. I have never been pressured into taking drugs, or developed an addiction. But I have had friends that have done all these things, and my heart goes out to them. I am a student of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and I intend to concentrate my degree in Womens’ and Gender Studies and Child Development so I can reach my ultimate goal-showing other girls that there is a part of them that is stronger than what society says and thinks of their bodies and minds.