Women and Adversity:

UND and UND, What comes to mind?

I’m diverting from my “Women in Politics” theme for this post. It has to do with the annual conference of National Federation of Press Women I attended in Fargo, North Dakota at the end of June. I had never been to Fargo, so when NFPW announced the 2022 conference would be there, I signed up immediately. The conference was fabulous as usual, and the speakers were great, but Patrick Kirby confused me. His presentation was “Treating your customers the way nonprofits treat their donors,” but I wondered why he continued to cite UND. Why would he be talking about University of Notre Dame in Fargo?

It wasn’t until he mentioned Grand Forks instead of South Bend that I made the connection. The University of North Dakota is in Grand Forks. I never considered that UND referred to anything other than Notre Dame. I earned my master’s degree from Notre Dame. It was one of my son’s choices when he was considering colleges. I attended several football games at ND. Why would I think of anything else?

It made me consider the way our minds focus on one possibility. How many times have I limited—or do we limit ourselves—to just one choice? When we moved to North Carolina in July 2000, the sports stations consistently mentioned USC. Why University of Southern California on the other side of the country? It took several weeks for me to realize the reference was University of South Carolina.

How can this confusion be corrected? By putting all the facts together before making a judgment. So what do you think? Let me know.

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Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com to learn more.

  1. Judith Jadron says:

    At this time people more and more live in their bubbles. Life made it so with Covid isolation and has been further exacerbated by hours on social media and exaggerated focus.
    To go back to thoughtful reading and reflection requires effort. Mindful or mindless–it is a choice!

  2. Meghan Mathews says:

    Brilliant! What a wonderful world this would be if there were more like minded thinkers!

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