What is the essence of being a woman?
“Just being a woman is God’s gift that all of us must appreciate. The origin of a child is the mother, and is a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman. — Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994
Who has it easier in life – on men or women?
“God made us to share and have differences, but bid differences? I don’t think so. The difference is that men think that the faster way to go to a point is to go straight, and women know that the faster way to go to a point is to follow the curves.” — Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008
Why did you go to an all-women’s college?
“I’ve always wanted to go to a women’s college and I feel very strongly that it has done a great deal for me. It’s not for every young woman, but ti was very good for me. I think it gave me a certain strength that probably would not have had, had I gone to a coed school. You are definitely your own person on a women’s college campus. And, I hate to say it, but you’re number one there.” — Rebecca King, Miss America
The college you attend has many more women than men because it was a woman’s college for years. Did that in any way affect your experience there?
“I am very much a traditionalist and Skidmore is a traditionalist school. I wanted to go to a girls school because there is a sistership there. The thought of road-tripping to Ivy League schools and really becoming a part of the college scene.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
Do you think there is a place in today’s world for an all-women’s college or an all-men’s college?
“Yes, I do. I think if an individual wants to go to an all-man’s or an all-women’s college should be able to for whatever reason he may have. The way things are going now, all these schools are going coed and there is no longer that freedom of choice. Skidmore went coed four years ago. Now we have Williams and Dartmouth and all these men’s schools going coed too. But, there is a different type of atmosphere there that a lot of people enjoy, myself included. And that choice should be there.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
What’s the benefit of a all-women’s or all-men’s school?
“It’s very enjoyable to me to be able to go to college and say during the week, ‘This is my academic life. I am here to learn, I am here to get a good education.’ Then when the weekend comes, and Skidmore maybe brings in boys from an all-male college, or we go to an all-male college for mixer or whatever, then we know that is our social life. It’s very easy to distinguish between the two then and it makes for a much better academic atmosphere.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
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