Kerry Washington Credits Her Single Sex Education for Success

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013

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We can all agree that education creates well-rounded individuals, but what about a classroom devoid of the opposite sex? According to Kerry Washington, it’s helped shape who she is today. This week, the Emmy nominee spoke on a panel at New York’s annual Paley Fest and had a chance to talk about how attending an all-girl’s school helped her appreciate her intelligence over her looks.

“I was really lucky because I went to an all-girl school and that single sex education really helped me because I really learned to bond with women and to not compete with or compare myself as much because we were all allowed to be ourselves and be unique and kind of have our unique strengths. But I always felt like my value was much more in my intellect than it was in my appearance, and so that’s what I spent time cultivating,” she explained.

“And some of that I get from my mother, some of that comes from the schools that I went to, and some of that comes from probably insecurity. This feeling that my value is what’s on the inside, because what’s on the outside can’t really compete with other people, so I’ll place my focus there. Which I think has been a blessing for me. Because I’m not stupid.”

Stupid, you are not, Kerry.

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