Thanks to E.B. Bartels ‘10 (@theeeebster) for this month’s submission!
I would like to nominate H. Tucker Rosebrock — better known as “Tuck” (or, to those of you behind on the times, “Rosie”) — for YAOTM. Perhaps I am wildly biased since Tuck and I have been friends since we were nine years old and spent our senior year at Wellesley living together in an intimate room-within-a-room situation in Claflin, but I can’t think of anyone more deserving for the YAOTM.
As I’ve been friends with Tuck since the fourth grade, I knew him long before he adopted male pronouns and started taking hormones. But for as long as I have known him, I had never seen him as happy and comfortable with himself as he has been in the past two years. For that alone, Tuck deserves the YAOTM — for figuring out his true self and having the courage to take the steps toward achieving it.
But what I admire the most about Tuck is his openness about his transition and his willingness to clearly and articulately share his experience with others. I understand that for many transmen and transwomen, the past can be painful. It is easier to not acknowledge it. It is easier to pretend that former self is dead and long gone. It is easier to start again. For some people, that is what they need to do. But the trans community and world in general should be grateful for individuals like Tuck, who are ready and willing to patiently explain, to teach, and to inform others through their personal experience. He has written pieces about his transition for Interrupt Magazine and the Harvard Kennedy School LGBTQ Policy Journal. He was eloquent and charming at a panel on LGBTQ issues for a group of Tufts Medical students. Watching Tuck recently as part of the Huff Post Live panel on butch lesbians vs. transmen, I almost wept. Our little boy is growing up and damn is he well spoken! I have witnessed Tuck patiently answering my 80-year-old grandmother’s questions about his transition, and for that Tuck deserves a Noble Peace Prize. For now, I think the YAOTM will do.
But Tuck is so much more than just an outspoken transgendered dude. He likes video games too.
Forbes came out with a list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Out of the list only one is a Wellesley Alum. The others attended a slew of Ivy League schools but also public and state universities. A significant number majored in science and engineering. This year’s list appears to contrast with the 1995 NYT Article entitled "How To Succeed? Go to Wellesley." Almost twenty years ago, NYT cited “a few ofWellesley’s major achievers, there’s Lois D. Juliber, ‘71, president of Colgate North America; Ellen R. Marram, ‘68, president of the Seagram Beverage Group; Shirley Young, ‘55, a vice president of General Motors, and Marion O. Sandler, ‘52, co-chief executive of Golden West Financial, a large savings and loan association.” And today? While the list is not demonstrative of all women in executive suites and boardrooms, has Wellesley lost its edge? Share your thoughts with us here or at email@example.com.
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