Last night I went to a meeting at which the speaker told us that our state was #50 in women with college degrees and #50 in women executives.

After a bit of stunned silence, someone piped up with what I’m sure we had all been thinking: “What about Mississippi?”

For as long as I’ve lived here, we’ve relied on Mississippi to keep us from being fiftieth among the states. We were never the poorest or most miserable, because, as we always said, “Thank God for Mississippi.”

We could hardly accept the idea that we had slipped down to a point lower than Mississippi.

Fortunately, this was a meeting of the AAUW, so the speaker was merely getting our attention before alerting us to an opportunity to do something about it. If you happen to live in my state (and you’ll know you do, if you recognize the slogan above), check out the Women’s Foundation and the Girls of Promise program. you may be young enough to benefit directly from the Emerging Leaders program, and if not, I hope you’ll consider adding one or both of those programs to your list of good deeds this year.

I have to hurry off to class. We had a transatlantic or possibly transpacific phone call in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep for hours, and therefor I overslept and am still sitting here in my nightie drinking tea when I need to be out the door in five minutes for class. Eeep!