INTRODUCING OUR 2022 STORIES: WOMEN’S CONNECTIONS
“Year’s end is neither an end or a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Borland
Vv and I are excited to introduce our new stories for 2022 about ways in which women make CONNECTIONS. As we keep going on together into 2022, we are inviting our women friends and girl-friends (and all their friends!) to share stories about what it means for them to make connections. This can include connections developed in any kind of relationships that matter. Examples might include but are not limited to:
- connection to a friend (a brand-new one or a life-long one)
- connection to a family member (i.e., sister, mother, daughter, aunt, niece, grandmother, cousin)
- connection to professional colleague(s)
- connection to a group or organization
- connection to someone you don’t know
“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic and the most potentially transformative force on the planet.” Adrienne Rich
Understanding how and why women make connections has been an important part of the continuing evolution of my personal feminism over the past fifty-plus years. Vv’s thinking about connections between women and girls has been growing through her first nine and a half years and perhaps she will share about this sometime in the future. My thinking has been shaped by reading feminist authors and by relationships with so many very smart and collaborative feminist friends. Somewhere in the 1970’s, I read Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. Her idea that connections that isolated housewives made through “consciousness-raising” groups could be both life-changing and culture-changing hit my isolated twenty-five-year-old woman self like a ton of bricks and made me think. Later, reading Carol Gilligan’s 1982 ground-breaking work, In A Different Voice , made me reconsider what I thought I knew about women’s moral development and development of sense of self. I began to wonder about the concept that women might make connections in ways different from men. Over the years, these writers along with such others as Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Ellen Bass, Miriam Greenspan, Mary Oliver, Marge Piercy, and Rupi Kaur have shaped the ideas about women’s connections that I hold today. Perhaps even more importantly, personal connections to women and girls have helped me (through short chats, long intense discussions, personal challenges, and my work as a feminist therapist) to come to a place where I ever more deeply value the power of connections women and girls can make.
In the last few years, I have read and studied less about feminism and have been feeling a bit discouraged about what feminism might mean to today’s younger women. Most recently, inspired by the lives of my daughter and grand-daughter and by my contact with other wise young women and girls, I’m feeling optimistic about feminism in 2022 and beyond. If you’d like to ignite your optimism on this subject, check out the link below to the Ms. Top Feminists of 2021.
To further fuel your optimism and curiosity about the power of women and girls and their connections this year and in years to come, I hope you will consider sharing your own story about CONNECTIONS. As we begin to share connection stories on www.wisewomenvt.com/blog we are hoping yours will be one of them. If you are interested in sharing your story or if you have a friend who might like to share her story, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The stories do not need to be written in any particular style. The only guideline is that written stories be between 1,500 and 4,000 words. They can be as unique as each writer and we welcome poetry and art as well. We will share our first story in February 2022 and will continue to solicit and welcome stories through December this year. We hope you will consider submitting a story and that you will enjoy reading the stories as they get posted throughout the year.
Thanks and Happy New Year 2022
Carol and Vv