“The system doesn’t easily support those wishing to improve their lives, especially those raising children in the process. I’d like to think that we still live in a country where dreams come true, where education is open to all who are capable and hardworking. But what I had to do was almost impossibly difficult, and the degree of shame and cognitive dissonance I carry around is palpable.
Without food stamps, housing assistance, subsidized student loans, and Medicaid, there is no way I could have made it through graduate school. Today all of those programs are under threat. To kill those supports is to kill the dream entirely for some people, and to be another voice telling smart young women to just give up and accept the limitations their backgrounds imposed upon them.”
– Rachel Wagner in the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Bootstrapping My Way into the Ivory Tower.” Via DG on FB.