The philosophies of the college have done more than bring practical technological advancements; they also empower villagers, especially women.
As one female Barefoot engineer explained, her husband and in-laws were first unhappy with her pursuit of education and grassroots activism, but they soon came to respect her work: “My husband will never say it, but I know he’s very proud of me. Now he asks me to maintain his accounts for him!”
Another female scholar explains, “I now look back at my childhood when I always dreamed of doing something big for my society. My mother used to laugh at me. Today my family, my neighbors, and even the village elders respect me and value my contribution. It feels wonderful.”
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