Last July, I started 101 Core Conversations as a personal project. Why? My life has been full of shifts and transitions over the last few years. These events changed me.
Midlife/Perimenopause – a time of waiting, of uncertainty, where the question “is this all there is?” comes up quite often
I quit my office job – After nine years, I quit with no real plan, not knowing exactly how I would focus my creative energy or where the money would come from
My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer (one month after I quit my job) – I paused so that I could companion her through eight months of treatment
These very personal events left me with questions and compelled me to seek out the stories of other women.
I wanted to know that I wasn’t alone.
I wanted to know that my sister wasn’t alone.
What I did not know was how relevant this project would be RIGHT NOW.
At this moment in history, women are going through a collective transition which makes this project even more moving and my drive to complete it more intensely focused.
I want to get to the core of women’s experience. The women I have spoken with so far have deep, important stories to tell about what it is to be a woman. Still. Now.
A little bit about my personal history and experience…
In college, I took a two-year honors Humanities survey course and read ONE book written by a woman: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (a book that completely changed my life and inspired me to make an oath to myself to read only books by women from that moment on – a promise I have, mostly, kept).
Recently, I checked the website for this honors course, and The Bluest Eye is no longer on the reading list. They have added selections that might be worth a read: Christine de Pizan, Treasure of the City of Ladies; Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (Women’s Suffrage, rhetoric).
As you can see, women have been writing about their worth for years.
Oh, and as an English major, I remember reading ONE book written by a woman: West with the Night by Beryl Markham (the professor was a woman).
What was I to conclude from this?
- My voice mattered, but not as much as the voices of men
- The titles of important literature, great thinker, and genius were reserved for men
- Women’s weren’t given a voice for centuries (and in many parts of the world, still aren’t)
After 20+ years of reading tons of books authored by women and from 50+ conversations with real life women, I have discovered:
Women’s voices, their stories,
their unique perspectives,
need to be heard,
written down, and published.
Women need to not only have equal pay for equal work and equal opportunity to play sports or serve in the military or political office, we need an equal place in history.
101 Core Conversations is my way of contributing to that history.
I’m on a mission to continue collecting these stories, and I need your help.
What can you do?
- Click this link to sign-up for a conversation time. I have dedicated Tuesday mornings and afternoons for this, but if you need another time, please email me.
- Forward this email to a friend who might be interested.
- Share this post on social media. The more women who know about this, the richer this project will become.
So, yes, I need your help. I need your help.
That slogan “We’re Stronger Together” is actually true, and I can’t do this without you. I can’t do this without you signing up, passing this along, sharing it.
I invite all women 35 to “still alive” from anywhere, of any race, economic background, spiritual belief, sexual orientation to sign-up.
In fact, I might end up interviewing more than 101 women because this project has been so powerful. Bring it on!
And by the way, this is free. This is not a kickstarter campaign. This is not a marketing gimmick.
This is about me collecting your stories because I believe they matter.
I do sent out blogs and newsletters now and then because I believe my voice matters, too.
But right now, what I really want to do is hear your story.
Will you be part of the conversation?
Yours in truth,