September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today I went to see an art exhibit at the CDC called Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art. Most of what I saw there was haunting and painful, but in one section written on a gallery wall was something really hopeful, words about the importance of community for women:
The gathering of women in solidarity leads to the development of their voices, skills, and knowledge. Unfettered by expectations of submissiveness, surrounded by true peers, a woman can say what she needs, share what she knows, ask for credit where it is due, learn her rights. In a true community, she rises above the noise and discovers her presence, her gravity, her wisdom. With these tools she begins to integrate into the larger community, skillfully, and with confidence.
Where is your community of women? Who are the women in it? Consider this and then invite someone new who might not have a community of women to share and take part in yours.