This new section of my blog is a tribute to the spirit of Maxine Hong Kingston’s work The Woman Warrior, that delivered a revolutionary vision of women of Asian descent to many people in the United States and overseas. Her writing gave a narrative to women who were often invisible and unseen, women who struggled to survive, and women who stood for personal truth.
To that end, I will be featuring women from all ethnic backgrounds who create and live in a way that honors the possibility of who we are, as well as who we may want to be. The boundaries of how we define ourselves are fluid and everchanging. I hope that by presenting women writers, creators, and leaders, that we can learn and better our own lives and change our communities wherever they may be.
I have asked women to participate in this section who are willing to come to your class, group, or engage on some level with the readers of this blog, beyond potentially selling or advertising their product. This interview spot, in other words, is designed to build a community of women warriors willing to stand up and help each other. This does not guarantee that Woman Warrior X or Y will engage with you beyond the read, but at the very least, this interview will provide some inspiration and give you a roadmap for your aspirations, as well as some practical advice.
I also understand that this platform is brief, time moves quickly, and what may circulate best in this online platform does not do justice to the depths and complications of who we are. To that end, I am keeping the questions brief, but flexible, allowing the subject some leeway in determining the direction of the questions and interview. They will appear as follows:
- Describe a challenge that you face (craft/skill/personal challenge) and how you address this.
- Give one or two thoughts about a particular piece of writing or the focus of your interest. In other words, if you are a writer, this may be the place you highlight an idea that might be useful to those who would want to teach your work or potentially address a problem that others may also have, that you have figured out how to solve.
- Comment on your field of interest. (What thoughts or ideas that you have might help someone struggling in your field?)
- Money matters. To date, women are not compensated at the same rate as men. What advice might you give about finances, money, work, and the writing life, or about any particular field?
- Environment and Health. Comment on any aspect of mental, physical or emotional health and/or feel free to address concerns, ideas or thoughts about our environment.
Stay tuned for our guests. If you consider yourself a Warrior Woman and would like to participate in this section, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org