The Vermont Connection


Meghan Trainor’s 2016 song, “Woman Up”, serves not only as a call to action for women everywhere, but also serves as a representation of the collective force of women necessary to exist and persist within higher education. Throughout this piece, one will come to see that student leaders need experiences in higher education to feel empowered, and women leaders can be the ones to create those experiences. Carol Gilligan’s Theory of Women’s Moral Development will serve as the foundation for discussing how to proceed in advancing the holistic development of women student leaders. In the discussion about opportunities and moments for experiences, one can see that there are practical ways in which we can apply the theory in everyday life. Through this work and Trainor’s lyrics, it will be evident that women are necessary in the structure of higher education and need to bring each other up to create change within the system.