Reprinted with permission from Barnard College. And these ways of thinking are destroying us. That comes from studying the world feelingly, with empathy in my work. This can be difficult for us. Often men my age, President Clinton, by the way, when I met him said, “Men my age, mention that character as their favorite of all the women I’ve played.

Congratulations, you guys, congratulations! Hello I’m Meryl Streep, and today, Class of and I am really, I am very honored, and humbled to be asked to pass on tips and inspiration to you for achieving success in this next part of your lives. And often the current is harsh and the riptides are rough. Get Beliefnet’s Daily Inspiration Newsletter! ESPN called and told me they were going to honor me with their inaugural icon award.

And I played Linda, a small town girl in a working class background, a lovely, quiet, hapless girl, who waited for the boy she loved to come back from the war in Vietnam. The river dams the beavers built provided habitats for otters and ducks and varnard. And if my experience serves, in the not-so-distant future you will realize that courage is the central attribute that you took from this place, a place in which timidity is rarely tolerated and audacity is all around you, tempting you with its brio.

Only a principled refusal to be terrorized by these stingy standards will save you from a Frankenstein life made up of others’ outside expectations grafted together into a poor semblance of existence.

Anna Quindlen’s commencement speech to Barnard College – Beliefnet

Things don’t seem as certain today. The rivers actually changed as well. Women must champion each other.


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Women have been pitted against each other since the grqduation of time, for that one seat at the table. President Spar, when I consider the other distinguished medal recipients and venerable Board of Trustees, the many accomplished faculty and family members, people who’ve actually done things, produced things, while I have pretended to do things, I can think about 3, people who should have been on this list before me and you know since my success snna depended wholly on putting things over on people.

As Jung said, emotion is the chief source of becoming conscious. By Katie Reilly May 18, In closing, I want to leave you with the most important thing I have learned since leaving soccer. This scarcity is not our fault, but it is our problem. It took fearlessness to found this college by a Columbia president named Frederick A.

I ate an apple a day, period.

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They relate to Miranda. Ask yourself, who do I want to be? The “Nobody understands me” thing. So they hide it, pretend it never happened, reject it outright, and they end up wasting it. I remember very clearly my own first conscious attempt at acting. I adjusted my natural temperament which tends to be slightly bossy, a little opinionated, loud, a little loud, full of pronouncements and high spirits, and I willfully cultivated softness, agreeableness, a breezy, natural sort of sweetness, even shyness if you will, which was very, very, very quinndlen on the boys.

But they sent me a really expensive fancy stylist. Without soccer, who would I be? I had to get dressed up for that, just like you got dressed up for this. So I’m not sure parents think I’m that great a role model anyway.


Who did you play for? I didn’t wash my hair for three weeks once.

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Women, I feel I can say this authoritatively, especially at Barnard where they can’t hear us, what am I talking about? You will not always be the goal scorer. Michelle Speecb knew what her team needed from her at every moment of the game. My other areas of faux expertise, river rafting, miming the effects of radiation poisoning, knowing which shoes go with which bag, coffee plantation, Turkish, Polish, German, French, Italian, that’s Iowa-Italian from the bridges of Madison county, bit of the Bronx, Aramaic, Yiddish, Irish clog dancing, cooking, singing, riding horses, knitting, playing the violin, and simulating steamy sexual encounters, snna are some of the areas in which, I have pretended quite proficiently to be successful, or the other way around.

The beleaguered totalitarian at the head of Runway magazine in Devil Wears Prada. I how many awards I’ve won and while I am I am overweeningly proud of the work that, speecg me, I did not do on my own.

Anna Quindlen: ‘Be Not Afraid’

They stand outside one graduatikn and they pity her and they kind of fall in love with her but they look through the eyes of this other character. I peroxided my hair, ironed it straight.

There’s only change, and resistance to it and then more change.