Category: Women and Ambition

Women, Ambition and Recognition

I knew when I set out to write about #nastywomenwriters from Herstory that I wished to restore the voices and inform more people about women of our past and present who were #nasty. Though these women had valuable things to say and had made incredibly important achievements, very few knew about them. What I did not understand at the time is that, hand in hand with restoring women their voices and acknowledging the contributions of disappeared women, goes the issue of Women and Ambition.   The Women and Ambition category on this site began with the #nastywomanwriters post about Paula...

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Emergent Ambition by Theresa C. Dintino

While teaching a class on Women and Ambition, I was led to adrienne maree brown’s book, Emergent Strategy (reviewed on this site) and began to craft a theory of “emergent ambition.” adrienne’s book gave language to feelings I had been experiencing for so long with regard to my own work and ambition and the recoil I experienced at the well-meaning advice friends kept giving me about “growing my work and reputation.”  I felt instinctively that my work needed to grow organically and spread slowly from the ground up by making organic connections and slowly casting a net or weaving...

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On Learning How to Share Power, by Theresa C. Dintino

I have spent most of my life trying to empower women. Being in our power means we allow ourselves to be who we truly are and be in that truth, give voice to that truth, at all times. It means having our voices, taking up space, having full access to our dreams, desires and imaginations, knowing how to constructively advocate for ourselves and others. Now I understand that as important as it is for women to find their way back to their true power, it is equally important for women to learn how to share that power. Only when...

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Self-Reinvention: Ursula K. Le Guin And The Role of Fantasy, by Cecilia Dintino

All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.~Ursula K. Le Guin   Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin recently passed on. But she leaves us with the ancient yet fresh notion that we can and should re-create ourselves beyond the confines of what we know. Her fiction tells tales of re-imagined bodies living in fantasied worlds and encountering mythical supernatural events. Le Guin’s narratives let us travel beyond...

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