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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #862 - #FightingforTerritory

11 Feb, 2019


"You know what the problem is? For so many people the rights are pulled away from them and they've got to put in laws to get them back, (then) pulled away from them ... and what does that mean? They cannot progress rapidly. They cannot progress with the rest of society. And all they're trying to do is control their own destiny."
Representative Elijah E. Cummings

"To be a woman, no matter your background, is to have to fight for your territory in a way that men don't have to."
Jane Caro

The struggle for parity and diversity
consumes us
hones us
defines us
(us being those of us who are not satisfied until all voices,
all perspectives,
all potential beings within all disciplines are--at the very least--
represented at the table,
given the opportunity to be in the arena).

So that need for recognition--
not personal recognition, but systemic recognition--
has both taken up my creative life
and carved out my creative life
at the same time.

If all those years that I was marching
for civil rights and women's rights,
against wars and abuse of power ...
and, even more,
all these many many years that I've worked for
the voices and visions of women in the arts and media
(because that affects how women and people of color
and any people who are labeled as different
are perceived at every level in every corner of our society) ...
if I had been able to just do my work--
make theatre, make music, research, write, mentor, coach--
what might I have been able to accomplish?

But then, who would I be?

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