Make your voice heard, connect with the community
Every episode, I invite authors to ask you as listeners open-ended questions, a bit like an author-led book club! The idea is to begin thinking about how the content relates to our own lives, because its a lot harder to spot these deeply embedded consequences without some self-reflection! Think about it, write about it, chat with a friend, or even pair up with someone to make it a regular thing.
And then, if you wish to, share with the community! This is a great way to not only connect and learn from one another, but to recognise that we are not alone in our experiences.
Depending on the volume of responses, I may release additional listener-led episodes!
What do I share?
This is for ALL people, and you are welcome to share any thoughts, experiences, questions, ideas and recommendations, such as:
What is your experience with the topic discussed?
What did you find surprising?
How have you adapted or overcome barriers?
Why does it matter to you?
Do you know of anyone doing something about it?
Are there any organisations you would like to shout out?
Know of any positive stories?
What wasn’t covered?
How do I share?
There are two methods of sharing:
this may be re-shared on The Story of Woman's social media, or played in a future episode
2. Written response: share via email or social media
this may be re-shared on The Story of Woman's social media, or read by me in a future episode
(Top tip: record audio to help create an episode with diverse voices, aka not just mine!)
And then what will happen?
Then... stay tuned! Your response may be shared in a future episode.
Of course, you may not be listening to episodes in real-time, but don’t let that deter you! Even if it's weeks or months after the episode is released, your response may be featured in another episode or on social media.
Let’s update the narrative together!
There is no single story of woman
A bit of background about this idea...
When you come across something – a thought, a feeling, an experience – that you thought was only specific to you, something powerful happens. You realise that you are not alone, you begin to see the bigger systems at play, and you become a part of a community. The community of woman is 3.5 billion strong, and we have seen the weight in our collective stories through movements like MeToo and all those that came before it. In many ways, our voices are the most powerful tools we have!
It’s been done before...
Consciousness raising groups were one of the most important tools during the second wave of feminism in the late 1960s - 1970s. The idea was simple: women would come together and tell their stories. When they did this, they started realising how common their experiences were. The groups enabled them to share feelings they may have dismissed as unimportant, or unconnected to wider society. Some hadn’t noticed the ways they were oppressed but came to learn that what they experienced as individuals was not a result of their own inadequacy, but rather a consequence of deeply ingrained traditions of male authority. This was not therapy, but rather a form of political action. And the results were massive.