Recognizing Women’s Contributions on Labor Day

c052bca63dbe374667b78946e1c33526Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1894 with the purpose of celebrating both the social and economic contributions of those who work.   Certainly every worker must be recognized for her or his contributions, but it is also a time to consider the undervalued work of women.

We all recognize the image of Rosie the Riveter, the US cultural icon representing women who took on factory work during WWII keeping the economy alive.  Rosie inspired a social movement that helped the number of women substantially increase in numbers in the workforce and has become a feminist symbol of women’s economic power.  Today, women are 50% of the workforce and a recent study shows that 4 in 10 mothers are the sole or primary breadwinners in their families.

This said, women continue to be underpaid and their work often goes unrecognized.  Although the Equal Pay Act was passed 50 years ago, the gender wage gap continues. While Hilary Clinton did make 18 million cracks, women continue to face the glass ceiling.  There is a serious gender leadership gap with women serving in only 14.3% of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies in 2012.

Beyond the unjust treatment of women in relation to pay and leadership, there is also a serious gender gap in work division in the home.  We generally refuse to acknowledge the work of women in the home as having any value and particularly ignore the role of woman as mother.

In The Feminine Economy and Economic Man, Burggraf questions whether women, any more than men, would sign on for the following job description:

Wanted:  Parents willing to bear, rear, and educate children for the next generation of Social Security taxpayers, and to carry on the American culture of learning and progress.  Quality children preferred.  Large commitment of time required.  At least one parent must work a double shift and/or sacrifice tenure and upward mobility in the job market. Salary:  $0.  Pension benefits:  $0.  Profits and dividends:  $0.

Recent studies show that 75% of mothers have joined the workforce, and thus are pulling double duty; they not only sign on for no pay and no recognition for their gendered role in the home, they also participate in a workforce that undervalues their contributions.  So, on Labor Day, when you are celebrating the contributions of all workers who allow us to flourish as a society, may I so humbly suggest that you also consider the undervalued work of women and the work that still needs to be done.

Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College and National Chair of Education for American Mothers, Inc.

After the Lecture: Women in Labor

As we approach our annual Labor Day celebration, we prepare to honor the contributions workers have made to the social, political, cultural and economic strength of the United States.

For many women, of course, “labor” has a dual meaning . . . and these dual meanings are a source of endless debate, handwringing, scrutiny and guilt-inducing diatribes as we (“we” meaning women in general, and our society as a whole) collectively agonize over the role of women (especially women who are mothers) as workers in and out of the home. Often, it is no longer the issue of “choice” to work outside of the home (and the reality is that for many women of color, and women of marginal economic status, it NEVER was a choice), as recession and the increase in households headed by women, or in which women are the primary breadwinners, make such work a necessity. But the conversations with respect to the intersection of women’s work as mothers and household managers, and women’s work as doctors/lawyers/journalists/   teachers/nurses/engineers/servers/managers/and so on continue to rage (and enrage) many of us.

The fact is, women’s place in the workforce outside of their home-work is not going to change. The genie’s out of the bottle . . .the horse is out of the barn . . .you can’t unring that bell . . . pick your cliché. The real challenge is the ongoing work of recognizing the social and institutional barriers to balancing work and family (rather than making individuals feel  it’s simply their personal failure), undoing essentialist ideas of what constitutes “men’s” work and “women’s” work, of the artificial division of labor by gender, of ideas such as dads are “babysitting” their children when left alone with them, while moms are . . . doing what they are supposed to be doing—being moms.

There is a reason that across cultures, across space and time, that formal education has excluded or been withheld from the marginalized—the poor, the dark-skinned, the female: it is the recognition of the powerful and transformative qualities and the significant economic, social, and political opportunities that education offers. Ursuline College was founded on and dedicated to the proposition that the access to education is the best way to empower women and encourage their growth as leaders.

Sheryl Sandberg’s observations in Lean In about the need for women to develop skills of advocacy, voice, and negotiation— which includes ability to problem solve, to analyze and synthesize information, and to communicate effectively—aligns well with the learning outcomes of our curriculum. But our institution takes that one better—we inculcate a sense of social responsibility and examination of values as essential to producing truly well-educated graduates, ones prepared to take their place in the world not just as workers, but workers who make a difference. And while some may be reluctant to acknowledge it, the “f” word is applicable here . . .yes, feminist values have been, are, and always will be aligned with justice, equality, and advocacy—for self and for others, for all workers and for all those who seek work and cannot secure it. And commitment to and action informed by those values will ultimately make the question “Should women work outside the home?” as incomprehensible as “Are you sure the earth is round?”

This post was written by Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program. 

#UCStyleFiles: DIY Manicure

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Ever wanted to have endless manicure possibilities literally at your fingertips? How about without having to leave campus? Get ready for an (easy) new way to celebrate this upcoming #manicuremonday !

This is what you’ll need:

*Your desired nail art image shrunken down to size–I used my Microsoft Word to adjust the size

* Nude or light colored nail polish–I used Essie Sand Tropez

* Nail polish in a coordinating accent color

* Clear polish or topcoat

* Rubbing alcohol, or water

* A LASER printer, dot matrix printers will NOT work!

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Step #1 Scale and print your image using a laser printer

Step #2: Doing one transfer at a time, allow the printout to soak in water or rubbing alcohol for 30 seconds

Step #2: Doing one transfer at a time, allow the printout to soak in water or rubbing alcohol for 30 seconds

Step #3: After the printout has soaked in water (or alcohol) press on to nails to transfer

Step #3: After the printout has soaked in water (or alcohol) press on to (painted) nail to transfer

Step #4: Seal transferred image with a coat of clear nail polish and voila!

Step #4: Seal transferred image with a coat of clear nail polish and voila!

 

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Something for Everyone – Even Preservationists and Historians! – at Our Great Geauga County Fair

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Our fair, with its inspiring and sometimes comedic history, is distinguished in Ohio preservation circles because it:

The Ohio Historic Marker  is unveiled at the Great Geauga County Fair.

Unveiling the Ohio Historic Marker awarded to the Great Geauga County Fair by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission.

 

1.  is one of only 10 historic sites in our state chosen for an Ohio Historic Marker for its importance to our agricultural development by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission.

 

Domestic Arts Hall (1889) at the Great Geauga County Fair.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

 

 

 

2.  has 2 buildings, the Domestic Arts Hall (1889) and the Flower Hall (1890), listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Domestic Arts Hall (1889) at the Great Geauga County Fair. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

 The Burton Interurban train station that became the Great Geauga County Fair Office.

3.  includes a fair office housed in an old interurban train         station, skillfully adapted for reuse after it was moved from across the street to the current fairgrounds.

The Burton Interurban train station that became the Great Geauga County Fair Office.

4.  is organized by what is likely Geauga County’s oldest, existing organization – now called the Geauga Agricultural Society

Fairgoers are so used to watching the livestock, eating pie at the Grange, slurping down Tex’s lemonade, riding the rides, and seeing the shows that it is easy to forget that this is a time-honored institution with a rich heritage and a very important, longstanding mission.

The first recognized “modern” county fair was held in 1810 on the square in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  It was the brainchild of Elkanah Watson and the Berkshire Agricultural Society.  Watson clearly intended that his agricultural fair and cattle show would:

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1.  promote agricultural improvements and pride in farming

2.  provide a holiday of the harvest, celebrating the variety of agriculture

3.  include pleasure and profit (material AND intellectual) for  all ages, every class, and both sexes.

 

Something for everyone, as a publicist would coin for a fair slogan decades later.

It was this tradition of agricultural education and celebration for all that our early New England pioneers packed into their cultural baggage and then transplanted in their new communities in what was then known as Connecticut’s Western Reserve and became northeastern Ohio.

Lewis Hunt of Massachusetts was one such pioneer who settled in Huntsburg (yep, named after his father Eben), Geauga County, Ohio, in 1817.  He was liberally educated, well travelled in England and Europe, and well connected in Massachusetts’ horticultural community.  Even as he planted his apple trees and travelled the county selling his produce, he spread the word to his friends and customers about Elkanah Watson’s new county fair.

In a heroic effort to establish the Geauga Agricultural and Manufacturing Society, prominent citizens from all over Geauga County travelled by horseback and wagon to CHARDON on FEBRUARY 10, 1823,  (CAN YOU IMAGINE RIDING HORSES AND DRIVING WAGONS TO THE SNOW CAPITAL OF OHIO IN FEBRUARY????  WHAT DETERMINATION!) for an organizational meeting.

The resulting first Geauga Cattle Fair and Show was held on Oct. 23, 1823, in Chardon.  Railpens were constructed on the square to hold the livestock and the smaller productions were on exhibition in the small Courthouse, located on what is now Water Street.

Thirteen premiums were awarded – 6 to women in the “feminine arts” and 7 to men for livestock.  They were:

$10 for best bull

$8 for best heifer

$6 each for buck, best ewe, and best piece of woolen cloth

$5 each for second best bull and best piece of bleached linen

$4 each for best table linen and best grass bonnet

$3 each for second best buck, second best ewe, and second best piece of woolen cloth

$2 for second best straw bonnet

From 1840 through 1854 the location of the fair alternated between the communities of Chardon and Burton until a spirited competition for a permanent fairgrounds developed between those two villages and the township of Claridon, with each offering acreage and support.

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Burton won and the permanent fairgrounds that we know and love today was established initially on eleven acres leased from H.H. Ford where it grew in size and influence.  By 1863 the Geauga County Fair boasted 285 premiums awarded in 48 classes, many housed in small exhibition buildings that have not survived.  This, in spite of the contention by the reporter for the Jeffersonian Democrat, that the 1863 fair was not “as good as usual, [but] was as good as could be expected, under the circumstances.”

1863? Fair not as good as usual?  Under what circumstances?

You might be surprised to learn that in a listing of three reasons why the fair was NOT as good as usual, a recent drought and the movement of the date of the fair from the end of the harvest in October to early September managed to outrank the Civil War, which we happened to be in the midst of fighting.  Our Fair has ALWAYS been a priority to Geaugans.

The fair, however, continued to grow, requiring more acreage, more track for horse races, and more buildings.  The Domestic Arts Hall was erected in 1889 with the Flower Hall following in 1890.  Both are still in use today.

In 1913, a reporter from the Geauga Republican claimed that the 82nd annual fair was “the same old Fair in some of the same old ways that we have always known, of course, but, bless your soul, it will always be the same in those ways, for some things never change to a casual observer.  There will always be the livestock, sheep, swine, grain, fruit, and vegetables, exhibits of fancy work and culinary products, side attractions, catch-penny devices, etc., and the special events.  That’s why we go and it wouldn’t be a County Fair without the exhibit and attractions mentioned.  It is the same old time-honored institution we have always known.”

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Those words ring true even today, in 2013.  The Great Geauga County Fair remains an educational and celebratory institution with a big, beautiful, bronze Ohio Historical Marker and an architectural heritage to remind us of its past and continuing importance in Ohio agriculture.

At the 4-H Horse barn at the East Show Ring at the Great Geauga County Fair

At the 4-H Horse barn at the East Show Ring at the Great Geauga County Fair

— Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D., is Director of the Historic Preservation program at Ursuline College and proud to be a Geaugan.

Selected Bibliography

Geauga Republican, 27 August 1850.  Microfilm.  Geauga Public Library. Chardon, Ohio.

Geauga Republican, 17 September 1913. Microfilm.  Geauga Public Library. Chardon, Ohio.

History of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. New York: J.B. Beers and Company, 1885.

Jeffersonian Democrat, 3 July 1863.  Microfilm.  Geauga Public Library. Chardon, Ohio.

Jones, Robert Leslie. History of Agriculture in Ohio to 1880. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1983.

Neely, Wayne Caldwell. The Agricultural Fair. New York: Columbia University Press, 1935.

Painesville Telegraph, editions: 19 February 1823, 24 April 1823; 13 August 1823; 15 October 1823; 8 April 1824, 29 January 1825; 16 January 1826; 26 January 1827.  Microfilm.  Morley Library. Painesville, Ohio.

“Report of the Geauga County Agricultural Society” presented by Seabury Ford to the Ohio House of Representatives, 1838, doc. #85.  Western Reserve Historical Society.  Cleveland, Ohio.

Wells, J.C.  “The Old Agricultural Society: A History of the Geauga County Fair.” 1898.  Typescript. Burton Library.  Burton, Ohio.

 

 

Welcome Week & Fall Orientation 2013

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

suffrageToday is the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote.  Thanks to the incredible and fearless work of women’s advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul, and many others, today women not only have the right to vote, but are having conversations about how to “Lean In” while demonstrating leadership that is changing the world.

Women today have made great strides and are contributing to our global community in a way that was unimaginable a century ago.  Women outpace men in higher education, make up nearly half of the workforce, and hold half of middle management position.  This said, we have a long ways to go.  We continue to have debates about women’s rights and exactly what that means.  Our discussions on reproductive justice, equal pay for equal work, and work/family balance demand ongoing evaluation of the ways women persist to endure injustice.  Violence against women continues to be a serious concern in every culture and women’s rights are violated everyday around the world.

We must celebrate the achievements of our foresisters and forebrothers who risked everything so that women today can push forward in the ongoing pursuit for justice.  Celebrating Women’s Equality Day is an opportunity to acknowledge their sacrifices, honor their successes, and embrace their spirits.  But we mustn’t settle for a society that has accepted the ongoing marginalization of women.  Rather, we must be inspired by the example of those who have worked for justice and continue to model their courage.

If you are looking for some inspiration today and need a reminder of what Women’s Equality Day is all about, consider watching Iron Jawed Angels, an HBO film about the suffrage movement and the triumphs of women who put their lives on the line for the right to vote.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGyB3tV9kU0

Tips For My First College Class

These tips will always help whether it’s for the first class of your college career or the first class of the semester.

My most important tip is to always be on time, professors always look to see who comes in late and some even take away points if the same student keeps showing up late.I always try to show up earlier, at least ten minutes so I can prepare myself for the class. If I know I won’t be able to show up for a class, I email the professor just to let them know ahead of time.

Another tip I have is to check the syllabus the night before the class just to double check if anything is due or if I should have read something important that I missed. This always helps me especially when the class has a lot of assignments due in the semester.

Whenever I get the syllabus, I always write all the exams and assignments for each class in my planner so that I know exactly which class to focus on and when. I always try to stay organized with my notes by having a binder for the class, especially when I know the professor uses power point hand outs.

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#UCStyleFiles Fall in Love!

If you missed Fall Fashion week, don’t fret! I have you covered for Fall 2013 style trends.

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013

Pantone’s top 10 colors for fall includes the color of the year, emerald. These dramatic jewel tones exude drama and luxury, while the earthy neutrals bring balance and warmth.

As for trends, leather in contrast with soft drapey sweaters, sleek military style blazers and jackets are a necessary staple in your fall wardrobe. Below is some runway inspo from Fall Fashion Week:

Color Wonder! Pantone's "Vivacious" as seen on the runway in Costello Tagliapietra's fashion show.

Color Wonder! Pantone’s “Vivacious” as seen on the runway in Costello Tagliapietra’s fashion show.

NY Fashion Week photo via: Glamour Expect LOTS of Leather

NY Fashion Week photo via: Glamour
Expect LOTS of Leather

Kenneth Cole Fall 2013: earth tones abound!

Kenneth Cole Fall 2013: earth tones abound!

Rebecca Minkoff's oversized coat is another essential piece for fall.

Rebecca Minkoff’s oversized coat is another essential piece for fall.

Even if you’re not dressing for the runway, it’s easy to create these designer looks for fall on a college student’s budget. Can’t wait to see you on the UC Concrete Catwalk ;)

Had to have it! My Free People textured vegan leather skirt, $59 at Tj Maxx

Had to have it! My Free People textured vegan leather skirt, $59 at Tj Maxx

My Alex and Ani "Cute" wire bangle was another amazing fall find at TJ Maxx for $19.

My Alex and Ani “Cute” wire bangle was another amazing fall find at TJ Maxx for $19.

Free People Bees Knees Tunic $52.80 at Nordstroms

Free People Bees Knees Tunic $52.80 at Nordstroms

Transition into fall in this eggplant colored "Sweet Lace Top," $17.80 at Forever 21

Transition into fall in this eggplant colored “Sweet Lace Top,” $17.80 at Forever 21

Perfect for balancing fall jewel tones, this Chiffon top can be worn with leather or knits. $17.95, H&M.

Perfect for balancing fall jewel tones, this Chiffon top can be worn with leather or knits. $17.95, H&M.

Sleek and stylish, this stunning jacket brings you runway style for only $59.95 at H&M.

Sleek and stylish, this stunning jacket brings you runway style for only $59.95 at H&M.

Southwestern-Inspired Utility Jacket, $34.80, Forever 21.

Southwestern-Inspired Utility Jacket, $34.80, Forever 21.

You'll look chic in Forever 21's "Open Military Jacket," $32.80.

You’ll look chic in Forever 21’s “Open Military Jacket,” $32.80.

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Forever 21 calls this their “City-Chic Layer Sweater” and it just that! $24.80

 

Tangerine Dream: Colored denim is a great way to get your daily dose of Pantone color. $15.99, Forever 21.

Tangerine Dream: Colored denim is a great way to get your daily dose of Pantone color. $15.99, Forever 21.

Team “Nursulines” Participate in The Dirty Girl Mud Run

Early in the morning of July 20, 2013, before we even knew about the tornado that had ripped through our campus just a few hours earlier, six faculty and staff from Ursuline College started driving toward an off-roading course in Garrettsville, Ohio in the drizzling rain. We had been planning this outing for months.  Five of us in Nursing had formed a walking team on the Arrows Walking Club in the fall of 2012 and later, on a whim, signed up for a 5K called the Dirty Girl Mud Run. I will confess here and now that it was my idea, and that the only way I (Patti Stephens) was able to convince Betsy Beach Mosgo, Christine Wynd, Kathy Rogers, and Becky Mitchell to go along with me was to ensure them that 1) we did not have to run the course (we would walk it) and 2) there was a detour option around every obstacle.

The Dirty Girl Mud Run is similar to other obstacle course runs that have become popular in recent years, with one main difference:  the goal is not competition, but team-work. This event is also only open to women, and a portion of registration fees are donated to support the early detection of breast and ovarian cancer (see below or visitgodirtygirl.com for more information).  For these reasons, I thought it would be a perfect activity for a walking team from a women’s college! We also invited others in the Arrows Walking Club to register with us, and were thrilled when Sue Kramer from the Registrar’s Office decided to join our team, which we had dubbed “Nursulines.”

Dirty Girl Mud Run Finish Line

Dirty Girl Mud Run Finish Line

Several of us started driving that morning at approximately 6:45 a.m. and soon received the text message alerts about the tornado at the school. This is mainly what we discussed while driving and meeting in the parking area before our heat of the event began. There was a steady drizzle, which didn’t dampen our spirits nearly as much as it drenched our custom-made nurse caps and fuzzy pink mustaches, nearly all of which were gone by the time we reached the finish line!

Because of the record rainfall this summer, the course, which is normally for Jeeps and other off-road vehicles, was much wetter than usual. The water obstacles, aptly dubbed “H2OMG,”were much deeper than normal and we helped each other through them in various ways, such as sending a scout ahead to announce the location of particularly large, jagged, or slippery rocks. We also held on to each other for balance throughout many portions of the course. At this point, Christine Wynd could be heard asking, “Whose idea was this again?”

There were horizontal and vertical rope obstacles, mud pits, steep hills, inflatable tubes to crawl through, and giant slides. Amazingly, we all made it through the course with only minor scrapes and bruises, plus a few cases of whiplash from the last giant inflatable slide.  Not every team member attempted every obstacle, but no one had to do an obstacle alone. Kathy Rogers commented that the “feeling of bonding” due to the “common goal” was what made this event exciting for her.   I, too, was surprised by how much we had to depend on each other to get through the course. I had envisioned a fun event which would be a nice team-building activity; I had not realized how hard we would have to work not only individually but collectively to get through all of the various obstacles.  Becky Mitchell’s rope-climbing research paid off as she coached us on how to get up the vertical rope ladders, and watching the teams ahead of us helped us strategize how to cross the vertical rope obstacle as well.  The ropes weren’t the most challenging obstacles, however; the “Utopian Tubes” challenge, which consisted of crawling on hands and knees in the dark through knee-deep mud full of stones (and who knows what else) was painful both physically and mentally!

After our triumphant celebration at the finish line (see photo of us covered in mud), several of us stopped by the campus on our way home to view the damage from the tornado. Sue Kramer waxed philosophical about the parallel between the way the tornado spread nature all over the campus that day and the way our Dirty Girl Mud Run team ended up covered “in nature” (as neurotic TV detective Monk would say). To carry the analogy one step further, I saw how our walking team had to work together to overcome the physical obstacles which blocked our path on the course; similarly, our Ursuline Community will need to work together to overcome the obstacles that mother nature imposed on us during the tornado. Betsy Beach reminded us repeatedly that the Dirty Girl Mud Run  was “not a nature walk” and later commented that “facing challenges and overcoming obstacles is the Ursuline way,” which is also a great thing to remember at this difficult time of recovery from the tornado.

With the joint goal of empowering women to lead healthy lifestyles, Dirty Girl and Bright Pink will urge the hundreds of thousands of women who participate annually in Dirty Girl events to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health.

Dirty Girl is a for-profit company that believes strongly in the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer, in educating women about health and in supporting cancer victims and survivors. Dirty Girl will be contributing $250,000 to Bright Pink in 2013 to further this mission.

Dirty Girl Mud Run also provides free registrations to cancer survivors who want to muck it up in the mud at one of the 60 events across the county.

Dirty Girl is honored to have Bright Pink as an official charity partner and we look forward to sharing in their mission by encouraging this critical mass of women to understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of breast and ovarian cancer.

#UCStyleFiles Share What You Wear

Buried Alive in Clothes...

Buried Alive in Clothes…Yes that’s Cher Horowitz
Image via weheartit.com

While serving as the 2012-2013 president of Fashion Focus, I wanted to make sure that our club would have the opportunity to take part in a very special project that is very dear to my heart. My love of fashion plays such a huge part in my life, I’ve chosen to base my career around it so I can share my passion for style with others. And by default, I am an avid collector of beautiful things, and I wasn’t the only member of Fashion Focus who finds herself buried alive in clothes with an overflowing walk-in closet, or dorm for that matter. We could definitely work with that!

Fortunately, I knew of an organization that would be the perfect fit for Fashion Focus as well as a solution to my overflowing closet, “Share What You Wear.” “Share What You Wear,” is a non-profit charity program at Orange High School which began after Orange High School Students Zoe Baris and Samantha Zabell volunteered at the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland Designer Dress Days. Zoe and Samantha were inspired to do something meaningful and helpful for others. Zoe and Samantha decided that donating their new and gently worn clothing for children from newborn to age 18 would fill an important need for kinship families in the Cleveland community. Six years later, Zoe and Samantha have done just that, leaving an even bigger legacy which continues to grow each and every year. Samantha and Zoe are truly girls after my own heart. To Zoe, what is most rewarding about this experience has been “to see my vision turn into something that has surpassed my wildest expectations, from collecting tens of thousands of items to helping thousands of children and getting the entire community involved, it has truly been a dream,” she says.

Zoe states, "It truly has been a dream"

Zoe states, “It truly has been a dream”

After the collection of the clothing throughout the school year, the “Share What You Wear” event in August is hosted with the help of student volunteers. This event gives local families in need and (the children in their care) a chance to experience what can easily be described as a “dream” shopping trip. Back to school shopping was (secretly) a favorite part of my childhood and almost something to have easily taken for granted. Over the years “Share What You Wear” has continued to evolve. Zoe explains,  “It started out in a barn where each child was allowed a certain number of items that were “bought” with Share What You Wear bucks, to now allowing each child to leave with unlimited amounts of anything they want. The first 4 years the items were organized in my basement until the final August event, and now everything is housed in a warehouse provided by NCJW to accommodate all of the clothes, a result of the incredible involvement of the community.”

Children delight in the incredible selection of books

Children delight in the incredible selection of books

A Dream Come True: A large party hall is transformed into a trendy "back to school" boutique

A Dream Come True: A large party hall is transformed into a trendy “back to school” boutique

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SWYW definitely covered all of the back to school essentials!

 

All Smiles: Zoe's dream touches the lives of many in the community

All Smiles: Zoe’s dream touches the lives of many in the community

Zoe and the legacy of “Share What You Wear” have a bright future ahead of them. So what does the future hold for “SWYW” and co-founder Zoe Baris? Zoe assures us that “the future is so bright and endless for SWYW.” According to Zoe, the success of SWYW will continue for years to come because “There is no limit to the amount of people it can help and the amount of good it brings to the community.” As far as Zoe, her future is just as bright. Zoe reveals, “I plan on using the same skills that I have built upon since SWYW; my creativity, entrepreneurial skills, my background in business, and my desire to give back to create an amazing future. I have one semester left in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and I plan on learning as much as I can and meeting as many people I can to help me fulfill my dreams.”

 

This year, Orange High School Senior, Jordan Davis took charge and helped organize the 2013 “Share What You Wear” event. (Click here to read about Jordan’s successful clothing drive at Orange High School). As a 2009 graduate of Orange High School myself and a native of Pepper Pike, Ohio, there was no hesitation for me to ask how Fashion Focus and I could help!

Our very stylish SWYW flyer!

Our very stylish SWYW flyer!

The countless, endless boxes of clothes

The countless, endless boxes of clothes

Fashion Focus was able to organize a campus wide clothing driving starting on April 1st, ending the last week of classes. We also were able to lend a hand to help Jordan fold, sort, and box the clothing for pickup, and help set up for distribution event this week at the Tudor Arms Double Tree hotel. And the rewards of this experience are endless. It’s such an amazing feeling to have contributed to this amazing program and to see the end result of Zoe and Jordan’s hard work. I feel so lucky to gotten to know these incredible friends of mine. <3 SO PROUD!

An Amazing journey continues for Zoe, 6 years later!

An Amazing journey continues for Zoe, 6 years later!

Want to learn more about Zoe Baris and Share What You Wear? Click below to view a collection of articles

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/12/community_heroes_2010_zoe_bari.html

http://womensenews.org/story/entrepreneurship/091211/teens-fashion-wardrobe-grandparents-kids

http://celiashatzman.com/wp-content/uploads/sharewhatyouwear.pdf