#NastyWomenWriters

#NastyWomenWriters: Sojourner Truth (c. 1797-1883) New York State, Original Painting and Text by Karin Peschau

Her face speaks to us about the chains of slavery, about the iron chains of the slaves in America, about the invisible chains, but still heart-breaking unjustness and cruelty of our modern, globalized civilization: an enormous part of the world’s population, women, men and children, is working itself to death in order to make an easy and comfortable life possible for the other part. The pain in this woman’s face is our pain as well. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery as Isabella (Belle) about 1797. Her mother, known as “Mau-Mau Bett” had 11 children with James Baumfree....

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#NastyWomenWriters: Esclarmonde of Foix, the Great, Pope of the Heretics, French (1151- 1215) Original Painting and Text by Karin Peschau

#NastyWomenWriters: Esclarmonde of Foix the Great, Pope of the Heretics, French (1151– 1215) Original painting and text by Karin Peschau Countess Zebella Trencavel of Carcassone and her husband Roger Bernard, the count of Foix, gave their daughter an Occitan name, “Light of the world.” In a period when women were often despised, and treated as mere possession, Esclarmonde was a shining light, both for the enlightenment of human beings and for the condition of women – the issue she was most deeply involved with. Learn more about the #NastyWomenWriters Project Here At her...

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#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition Theresa C. Dintino What if there were a woman born in the late 1800s with the ambition to paint a way no woman had ever painted before, to paint women in a way women had never been painted before, to bring the female sensibility and perspective to art in a way it had not been seen before? What if that woman had a lot of ambition and fought her position, status and the misogyny and sexism of the day and actually succeeded in doing everything she had set out to do? If there were such a woman and she did accomplish...

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#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Lithuanian-American 1921-1994 Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World Theresa C. Dintino I don’t know that there is any book that changed my life more than Marija Gimbutas’ The Language of the Goddess. I cannot remember what my life was like before I opened this book, before I knew these images, these cultures. Most probably they were always there, buried deep in the layers of my consciousness—women’s prehistory—haunting my dreams and moments of deep repose. Gimbutas’ book offered them context. And that was not a small thing. That was everything....

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#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: (b. 1929) Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino When I was in my late twenties, there was one essay I read in the New York Times Book Review that moved me so deeply that I immediately signed up for a summer writing workshop where the writer of the essay was teaching. It was not like me to go to writing workshops anymore at that age. I was in complete burnout with the workshop culture from my college writing program and the many writing workshops I had gone to after. I was what I would call a “beginning writer” at that point, trying to...

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#Nasty Women Writers—Zora Neale Hurston: The Real Deal, by Maria Dintino

#Nasty Women Writers—Zora Neale Hurston: The Real Deal 1891-1960 by Maria Dintino On learning that Zora Neale Hurston died in a county home alone and broke, I felt angry and sad. But after reading Alice Walker’s article In Search of Zora Neale Hurston that appeared in Ms magazine in 1975, I agree with Alice. Zora left no room in her life for pity and “was not a teary sort herself.” Zora was a force and through her writing, we get that. Learn more about the #NastyWomenWriters project here When I moved to St Augustine, Florida, I noticed a historical marker in front of a house indicating Zora...

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