I’m baaccck! Hell hath no fury like an email inbox after taking a week off, so my apologies for not being back with you earlier. I think I’m (relatively) caught up now…
So, I want to talk about something I discovered at Yale Women’s Campaign School last week.
We learned how to write campaign plans and actually run a campaign for an office. But I was put on one part of the campaign plan–around candidates running for the 8th District Congressional Seat in Pennsylvania (yes, a real campaign, and yes, while I tweeted the team’s presenting’s ideas, both candidates decided to follow me on Twitter). I digress.
Our team consisted of 12 amazing women. I worked in opposition research, with my Yale undergraduate student friend, let’s call her “digger.” (She actually nicknamed herself, as she “loves to dig up dirt on the opposing candidates.”) Digger and I worked on opps research throughout the week, and definitely found everything we could on our opposition, Kevin Strouse (sorry, Kevin, if you’re reading this – but while you’re new to the area, we found all the info we could on you, and with Digger, it was pretty thorough).
When giving our presentations on our campaign plans, we (Digger and I) presented on Opps research, along with the rest of the team in their respective areas of expertise. When we were done, and when we were being critiqued, our team was actually called out for thorough, detailed Opp Research – I exclaimed it was because we had “Digger” on our team!
What’s my point? Well, later that evening, when we celebrated our graduation from WCS with dinner, I had a chance to sit down with Digger and learn a little more about her. I’m always curious about undergraduate experiences with students anyway, with the day job and all. Digger and I were talking about curriculum, requirements for graduation, etc. Then, I asked her about how she got so interested in online research. Eventually, the topic go on to books, and eventually, Nancy Drew.
Digger stated, “I read the entire set of Nancy Drew books.”
Digger and I share that in common. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a connection: I think girls who read Nancy Drew grow up to be killer researchers. Digger and I shared both a passion for research AND Nancy Drew.
The bottom line: get your kids to read Nancy Drew. They will grow up to be amazing supersleuthers. And let’s face it: supersleuthing is a key skill we all need to have in the 21st century. To all the authors of the Nancy Drew series: thank you! Even though Digger and I are from different generations and grew up at different times, we had the chance to share a commonality in our childhoods–the Nancy Drew series. THANK YOU for writing it!