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‘Whatever you choose, I hope that you choose not to be a lady’: Nora Ephron

"One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don't take it personally, but listen hard to what's going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally."

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
May 14, 2021 8:20:42 am
Don't underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

American writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron spoke passionately about the way things used to be in the past and how things have changed, but really not for women, at Wellesley College in 1996. “Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally.”

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Because you don’t have the alibi my class had—this is one of the great achievements and mixed blessings you inherit: unlike us, you can’t say nobody told you there were other options. Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. Twenty-five years from now, you won’t have as easy a time making excuses as my class did. You won’t be able to blame the deans or the culture, or anyone else: you will have no one to blame but yourselves. Whoa,” she continued.

“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. Thank you. Good luck. The first act of your life is over. Welcome to the best years of your lives,” she concluded.

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