"I became a feminist/womanist because of what I saw during the 2008 Presidential campaigns."
"I left or am estranged from feminism/womanism because of what I saw during the 2008 Presidential campaigns."
"Because of our differences over the 2008 Presidential campaigns, my best friend and I aren't speaking."
"Working on the 2008 Presidential campaigns has given me a whole circle set of allies/friends I never imagined I'd find."
"I found (or created) a whole new women's community on- or offline in response to the 2008 Presidential campaigns."
"I never realized U.S. citizens or the U.S. media were so _________________ until the 2008 Presidential campaigns."
"I feel more hopeful for the future than ever before because of the campaigns."
"I feel more despairing/frustrated than ever before as a result of the campaigns."
We have heard all of the above sentiments and many more from women in the wake of the 2008 U.S. Presidential campaigns. The U.S. campaign and election process served as a catalyst and lightning rod in many ways, either uniting women or bitterly dividing women, not only in the U.S. but throughout the world. Heart and I think it's important to explore how the campaign and election have affected us as women. To that end, What Tami Said and Women's Space are partnering to host the second annual Women's History Month blog carnival. Our goal is to encourage a dialogue between all women committed to gender equality
Dates: March 1 through March 31
Theme: How The 2008 Presidential Election Changed Me As A Feminist/Womanist
We are accepting essays, poetry, photographic essays, art, You Tube presentations, short fiction and other creative expressions that express how the 2008 Presidential Election created shifts among women, impacting our alliances, identifications and politics. We want to hear about shifts in alliances, new connections made and new identifications assumed, as well as former alliances blown to smithereens and relationships tanked.
Beginning March 2, submissions will be posted alternately at What Tami Said and Women's Space. We are planning to once again close the month with a live open discussion on Blog Talk Radio.
Submission Guidelines: Submit work no later than Feb. 28 to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot guarantee on which blog your work will be posted.
Along with your submission, please include a short bio (2-3 sentences) and a link to your blog if you have one.
- Women only
- No personal attacks
- No hate speech
- Use examples and facts to back up your statements
- Contributions should reflect personal experiences or direct personal investment as opposed to the academic or theoretical. This is important: We want to hear your truth, your lived reality. This includes if you have been personally affected by conflicts over feminist politics, strategies, history and theories.
All women are invited to participate, including women who have tangled with one another in the past, women who have fought with each other or attacked each other online or in real life, women who have offended other women or been offended by other women, online or in real life. This includes all of us! The hope is that by our honesty and truth-telling we can move in the direction of healing and building bridges, no matter what has happened between us in the past. Even if we aren't ready to forgive and forget quite yet, or to say "I'm sorry," we can declare a truce for the month of March in honor Women's History Month.
We need a graphic!
Come on all you talented artists. We need a logo or three or four for our blog carnival. Whip one up and send it to me or Heart at Women's Space.