Good Morning America, 41-Year-Old Sends Powerful Message With Law School Graduation Photo:
When Amber Goodwin graduates from law school next month, she will be fulfilling a lifelong dream, and doing so at the age of 41.
Goodwin, of Texas, will graduate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, in St. Paul, Minn., on June 6, nearly two decades after she said she graduated college and was not accepted into any law schools.
After she got rejected from her schools of choice, Goodwin earned a master's degree and carved out a career on Capitol Hill. She also founded the Community Justice Action Fund (CJAF), a gun violence prevention program focused on communities of color, before deciding to give law school another try in her late 30s. ...
Now, three years later and ready to graduate law school graduation, Goodwin is celebrating her accomplishment. She recently took to Twitter to share the good news and encourage other women to pursue their dreams -- no matter their age.
Goodwin's message resonated with other women. Many commented on her post and thousands more she said reached out to her directly. ...
Goodwin's message comes at a time of changing demographics in the United States, where more women are marrying later in life, if at all. ...
Goodwin explained that her post does not mean that she never wants to get married or have kids, but just that she is not going to wait for those moments to celebrate herself.
"I want everything, but just because I'm 41 and haven't accomplished some of those things doesn't mean that my life is failure," she said. "I think everyone's life should be validated and celebrated."