As many of you know I’ve slowed down my daily blogging to focus on other areas of my life. Despite my desire to pull as many women out of the black community Matrix as possible self-care must come first. I also don’t want to sacrifice content quality for quantity so I write when I think it’s necessary. I am considering various options including a group format. What’s great is the fact that I have the choice to do these things and the ability to reach so many people. We have far more freedom than we realize – even in this economy. I’ve been researching various scholarships, grants, creative workshops and free or low-cost training that I can participate in. There’s a lot of opportunities available if you’re willing to complete applications and meet deadlines. Sometimes pulling back actually helps clarify our true focus. Since it’s Black History Month I’m of course thinking about the contributions of black women or those whose actions were of benefit to us.
When we know and can recite their sacrifices as easily as certain males I’ll believe we’ve made true progress. In the meantime we must continue to dig through archives, ask questions and get oral histories from women of previous generations (that’s women 25+ years older) to gain valuable insights. Women tend to not toot their own horns and think of their amazing accomplishments as simply doing their part. It’s so much more! For example, The Women’s Conference asks: who would we like to have brunch with?
If you register for the forum and complete their Giveaway by Feb 28th you could win tickets to the Conference. One way to expand your immediate social circle would be attending such an event that draws women from around the world – so hop to it. I think this is a great a great concept and one of particular interest to some of us who are still piecing together our heritage. I’ve mentioned before I had a project to conduct an interview with my maternal grandmother where I asked her about her life growing up in the early 1900’s, the choices available to her career-wise and how I found much of what we discussed backed-up through the Census and other legal documents. Now that’s she’s gone I wish I had recorded her on camera.
We need to store this vital and seemingly mundane information for future generations’ benefit. I’ll call it The Elder Project and let’s make this a national archival initiative to add to the Smithsonian. Which brings me back to the title of this post. If you could meet and brunch with any woman from history dead or alive, who would she be and why? Please leave your answers in the comment section or send me a message via Twitter. I’ll do a follow-up with your responses.