Dear Kate Middleton,
It's not easy being a modern American young woman. There are a lot of expectations out there.
It is a world where girls hear that femininity is weakness and we ought to put aside these qualities and aspire to equality and sameness with men.
It is a society where Playboy bunnies are glamorized and women's "reproductive rights" are the issue of the day, a society that defines women by their sexuality yet separates it from any sort of purpose outside of pleasure, a society that claims that men and women are the same but reports weekly, if not daily, of horrendous assaults on women.
It is a fashion industry where modesty is prudishness and the amount of skin we show is indicative of our empowerment, and covering up means we are ashamed, and no thought is given to respecting ourselves.
It is a Hollywood that offers Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, and Victoria's Secret Angels as standards of beauty and elegance, role models, and examples of success.
But not all of us want this for ourselves or our daughters. And we look at you "across the pond" and breathe a sigh of relief.
Thank you for teaching us how to mature gracefully, and that a potentially-questionable youthful indiscretion
need not define us or make us insecure.
Thank you for showing us that a happily ever after is still worth the wait. The world may have called you Waity Katie, but we admire your patience.
Thank you for handling your royal breach of privacy
with dignity and for allowing this glimpse of your humanness to give us the example to follow in our own public misfortunes. A women who respects herself does not require the media to affirm her.
Thank you for showing us how to be lovely, feminine, and attractive without compromising integrity, without showing excessive skin, and without following every fleeting trend. Thank you for glamorizing again the dress, panty hose, and high heel. We missed the days of dressing up.
Thank you for showing us the value of upholding tradition and a respectful way to be your own kind of princess. Thank you for showing the importance of family, duty, and honor. We've watched you travel the world alongside William, every bit his equal in importance, every bit as strong.
Thank you for being someone we can admire.
Please know that you are welcome back to the States anytime. And we would definitely clear our schedules if you chose to make an appearance, say, on a college campus to give some words of wisdom.
A NeW Woman
*This post was written by Megan Conlon, 2012 graduate of Patrick Henry College. Megan currently works for a conservative non-profit in Washington, DC (since being a princess isn't a viable career choice).