Finding Your People in a Conference Hotel

I got back a couple days ago from the annual conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, held this year in San Francisco. It’s a “boutique” conference – 120 or so women and men gathered to talk about issues that really matter to me. I attended panels considering women and… Continue reading Finding Your People in a Conference Hotel

My New Challenge – Creative Nonfiction

I’ve written a lot in the last three decades. My curriculum vitae lists 41 published articles, 21 book chapters, dozens of conference papers, and assorted book reviews and “other” publications. And then there are two textbooks, one that’s one its seventh edition and counting. And my book, War Makes Men of Boys, that tracked my… Continue reading My New Challenge – Creative Nonfiction

Writing about family – Whose story is it?

My mother found a lot of ways to refer to her four daughters during the decades she wrote her weekly newspaper column. Often we were an undifferentiated brood—the girls. When we were specifically called out it might be by birth order, year in school, size, or even Girl Scout rank. So at various times, I… Continue reading Writing about family – Whose story is it?

Consciousness Raising on the Women’s Pages

Kathie Sarachild was a powerful voice in the fledgling women’s movement of the 1960s. She coined the phrase Sisterhood is Powerful. She held the Women’s Liberation banner aloft at the protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant. She gave the keynote speech when the New York Radical Women held a “burial of traditional womanhood” at… Continue reading Consciousness Raising on the Women’s Pages