Women’s History Month: My Role Model

A wide variety of women can serve as role models for RU students. For these students, their mothers are their primary role models.

A woman

Tina Galloway

By Faith Galloway | fgalloway1@radford.edu

In light of Women’s History Month, I decided to give voice to some of my fellow Highlanders by asking a few about the women in their lives that they look up to as role models.

“What woman inspires you?”

For some, celebrities like Rihanna, who once lived in a bungalow and now is the owner of a one billion dollar business, were their primary woman role models.

For others, like Junior Jacob Ginn, he was delighted to share why his mother, Tracey Ginn, is his role model. 

Growing up, Jacob took notice of how determined she is. 

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]For some, celebrities like Rihanna, who once lived in a bungalow and now is the owner of a one billion dollar business, were their primary woman role models.[/epq-quote]

For 16 years, Tracey was a stay-at-home mom who eventually became “a full-time teaching assistant with no bachelor’s degree,” said Ginn. 

Ginn also mentioned how “she was the only female on a male-dominated soccer team.” 

“She inspires me to be nice to everybody I meet and to always be a better person no matter what’s going on,” said Ginn. 

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Faith and Tina Galloway

Ginn continued to go on about how his mother is always present when he needs someone to be by his side. Tracey Ginn is a determined, kind, and hardworking mother, according to Ginn.

I truly believe there is no love like a Mother’s. 

I, myself, would have to say that the woman I look up to and aspire to be like someday would have to be my amazing mother, Tina Galloway.

[epq-quote align=”align-right”]I, myself, would have to say that the woman I look up to and aspire to be like someday would have to be my amazing mother, Tina Galloway.[/epq-quote]

At the age of 10, her mother passed away. My mother was then placed in the care of her grandmother, who was already at full capacity with 16 of her own children. 

My mother had to mature quickly, not to mention she had a little brother in which she too had to take on a motherly role, all to ensure her brother had what he needed. 

My mother had every opportunity to give in to the bad living conditions she was exposed including drugs, alcohol, and promiscuity, but she didn’t. 

Instead, she decided to take a different route to make a difference for herself. Tina is a woman of God first, and as a young teen, she joined Mount Olive Baptist Church and became an avid member of the Youth Ministry. 

My mother absolutely cherishes church because it has always been the one place she knew she could turn to when she felt like she couldn’t go on. 

Aside from a troubled childhood, Tina maintained good grades throughout high school and college. She was the first in the family to get a degree.

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]Aside from a troubled childhood, Tina maintained good grades throughout high school and college. She was the first in the family to get a degree.[/epq-quote]

My mother won scholarship awards from the Women in Community Action in Prince William County and was crowned Miss Congeniality.

What boosted the beginning of my mother’s career was joining the US army in which she always tells me was one of the best things she did for her life. Her life changed forever, having served for 14 years. 

Even more doors were opened for her once she began working for the federal government. 

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Faith and Tina Galloway

I admire my mother so much, from growing up in a poor household to serving as a US Diplomat in Europe, South America, and the Middle East, which I, along with my three siblings – Joy, Joshua, and Stephen – all got to experience. 

After being abroad and moving back to Virginia, my mother passionately gives back to the community by donating good clothes every year to the less fortunate. 

I’ve been able to experience things that many people never get the chance to do, such as being exposed to different cultures, languages, and food. 

These experiences definitely humbled me as a person and helped me to gain a better understanding of the world. 

[epq-quote align=”align-right”]These experiences definitely humbled me as a person and helped me to gain a better understanding of the world. [/epq-quote]

All in all, my mother gives her time, talent, and money to our church, family, and community. She takes the time to grow herself, as well. 

I’ve always told my mom that I hope to be as good as a person as her someday, and every time she says, “Faith be better than me.” 

My amazing, intelligent, and strong mother is my biggest inspiration and will always be.

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