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Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Because you don’t have the alibi my class had — this is one of the great achievements and mixed blessings you inherit: unlike us, you can’t say nobody told you there were other options. Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. Twenty-five years from now, you won’t have as easy a time making excuses as my class did. You won’t be able to blame the deans, or the culture, or anyone else: you will have no one to blame but yourselves. Whoa.

… Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. Thank you. Good luck. The first act of your life is over. Welcome to the best years of your lives.

From the late NORA EPHRON’s commencement address at Wellesley College, 1996 (via inothernews)

Last night I saw that Nora Ephron had died and I lie in my sister’s guest room full bed, reading her obituaries on my phone and feeling very sad. I think sometimes that I underestimated her or came too late to her party. Not that I didn’t love (most of) her movies, but having just started to read her books this spring I understand her differently. Understand what a tough cookie she was, how funny and wise and urbane and thoughtful.  RIP Nora. That’s a solid member of our team to lose, women.

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