Denying An Education By Adrienne Rich

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In earlier generations when you were born you were told to stay in school, go to college, get an education, and have a successful career. However, this was mostly told to the boys. Girls, on the other hand, were told to dress nice, be lady like, and fix their hair for they can find a husband with a successful career and be a mother. Although more and more women are going to college and becoming very successful in a “man’s world,” they still are not being taken seriously. In the essay, “Claiming an Education,” written by Adrienne Rich, she talks about how women are not looked at in the same way educational wise or even fully respected academically. Rich’s essay applies to experiences in my life as a teenage girl in high school.

Education being extremely important is drilled into your head as a teenager. Rich wrote in his essay, “The first thing I want to say to you who are students, is that you cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education; you will do much better to think of being here to claim one (608).” Rich is saying claiming an education is taking what you deserve and what’s rightfully yours. Claiming an education is doing it for yourself, as for receiving an education is doing it “just because”. He is saying education cannot be something you just “accept” and get it just to have it; it is something you must take because it is critical, especially for women. To me, claiming is going after what you want. You have to be active not passive to claim an
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