i may have to rethink some things
Ashley Judd has long been an advocate for global women’s rights, but now she’s a scholar on the topic, too: Judd just received her master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.Two thoughts:
“I learned a lot that is really augmenting and enhancing the work that I’ve already been doing for some years now,” the actress told POLITICO about the year she spent in school...
Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to kick off the conference, Judd told the story of Melody, a young woman she met while on a PSI trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Melody worked in the sex industry, but as Judd questioned her, she learned that the African woman hoped to become a hairstylist.
Thanks to her academic endeavors, Judd had a greater appreciation of Melody’s experience. “I wouldn’t have realized that Melody was hoping to make a transition from the informal to the formal economy without having taken Martha Chen’s class,” the actress said, giving a shout-out to her professor, an expert on women, poverty and employment.
- You can get an MPA from KSG in one year?!?
- Upon reflection, I think this is a good thing. We're always complaining about mind-numbingly ignorant celebrities making idiotic pronouncements about development and coming up with harebrained ideas to collect leftovers for poor Africans. If more celebrities were to follow Judd's lead by getting a real education on the issues for which they advocate, maybe the realm of celebrity advocacy would improve. Of course, the bigger question is whether most celebrities' abilities to cut it in graduate school. I have a feeling that Judd is a bit of an outlier on this one...