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aliciasouza | April 7, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

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Welcome to hersafe.space

Let me start off by saying thank you! No matter what search engine algorithm, Instagram post or link share brought you here, THANK YOU for clicking, sharing, and giving me the opportunity to share hersafe.space with all of you! Let me tell you a little about this blog and myself.

What is hersafe.space?

My goal for this space is to create an open, woman-centered space focusing on women’s issues in education, society and beyond. I want to encourage education and insight but in way that acknowledges power, privilege, and the oppressive social structures that work to keep some folks down in grave disproportion.

I want to share my love of learning in a healthy, productive manner (because, full disclosure, I am NOT ALWAYS THE BEST AT THIS) and bring awareness to very REAL issues that women face. I hope to build community around women’s empowerment and pave the way for understanding through the vulnerability of growth and education.

Trust me when I say that I understand feeling vulnerable and not wanting to admit that YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING! This is something I struggle with every day, but I also know the value of stepping back and LEARNING SOMETHING instead of carrying on with spite or a bitter heart. I’ve come a long way in my journey of self-discovery and I hope to help some of you on yours. That’s why I have created this space: to learn, grow, and share together.

In addition to be a loving, educational space, I also want you to understand that we’re going to talk about some real issues that face women every day, I want you to understand that those moments, those important not often talked about moments, are where true growth happens—where we let ourselves be vulnerable.

Why did I start hersafe.space?

To allow myself to grapple with the problems faced by women and celebrate the strides women make everyday towards eliminating those same problems

I want to bring awareness to and promote understanding of things like rape culture, hegemonic masculinity, and the culture of silence. I want to do this in a way that is creative, inclusive of different learning styles, and full of real information from actual academic sources.

To put it bluntly, I AM SICK OF BEING QUIET. My voice is relevant and its full of strength despite my traumas! Women’s voices are constantly ignored, belittled, and otherwise stifled in our oppressive system, and I AM TIRED OF IT. Traditional spaces are created for rich, old, white men and it is far past time for change. I hope that this space allows for women’s voices to be centered and educates others to push boundaries, challenge the status-quo and elevate other women!

Who am I?

My name is Alicia Souza. I have a master’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento and I am currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Educational Leadership Doctorate program there. My research focuses on the relationship between organizational culture and rape culture, and I will be sharing some of my research endeavors here.

I am a mother to two beautiful toddlers who are 3 and 1, and I currently stay home full time to care for them on top of juggling a part-time job as both the Associate Editor of an academic journal on campus and a Research Assistant to a Doctoral Program professor, as well as being a full-time student.

If anyone read those top two points and began to think of me as unrelatable, I want you to understand that despite my successes, I also struggle. My intention in this space is to be AUTHENTIC above all else. So, let me tell you, I STRUGGLE DAILY. I am an imperfect human attempting to learn, grow, and be better. That’s why I have created this space.

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