In the past, and now more than ever, women have been and are in the front line when it comes to defending, protecting, and saying what is going wrong in our societies. Women have built nations from scratch in the past and are still doing it today, worldwide. Unfortunately, we often do not find any mention of those women in books, not in school and not in university and that is unfair. We (8 brave and young women from different countries: Bosnia, Colombia, Italy, Paraguay, Mexico and Morocco) decided to change that. And the smartest way is writing about those women, that from one way or the other have started a revolution!
Nowadays, we see revolution in volunteer work, we are starting revolution now writing an article, you are participating in a revolution by reading this blog. From where I come there is a phrase “When tyranny is law, revolution is order” (Don Pedro Albizu Campos). Our new revolution is educating and sharing knowledge!
Women are Revolution – Joan Didion
European Studies Student, From Italy.
I first got interested in Joan Didion because some of my friends could not stop talking about her. Now, these friends are no regular friends, but belong to what I like to call my “badass girlfriends”. These “badass girlfriends” are strong, clever, independent, successful, and of course, feminist ladies who I admire. So I figured that if all these girls that I look up to, look up to Joan Didion, then maybe I should learn something more about her.
Joan Didion is an american writer. Born in 1934, throughout her life she has worked for several magazines (including Vogue and The Saturday Evening Post), has written many novels, non-fiction collections and screenplays. Though she mostly focused on the changes of cultural values in America during the 60s, her writing has also touched upon more personal topics. In 2005 Didion published The Year of Magical Thinking, an account of her life long companion’s (George Gregory Dunne) death and her daughter’s illness. The book is in no way a sentimental tear-jerker, but an intimate close-up insight into the workings of a mourning mind. When reading her essays and articles, one is confronted with complex sentence structures, semi-obscure references and a refined choice of words. One could mistake her work a for futile intellectual musings, but it is indeed bursting with precious daily life advise ( a very good example of this is her On Self-Respect 1961 Vogue essay). Joan Didion is not just a terrific author, Joan Didion is a terrific female author. That alone should be a good enough reason to consider her a role model, especially if you are an aspiring female author, but there is more. She worked for a fashion magazine, an environment conventionally considered as superficial and frivolous, yet through her writing she proved that focus on substance and focus on appearance are not mutually exclusive. By looking at her much famous packing list (published in The White Album, but you can easily find it online) created for impromptu reports that require traveling, you learn that she is a busy yet chic woman, who has no intention of concealing her femininity (one of the items of the list are Tampax).
When I grow up ( some may argue that I already am a grown up) I want to be a bit of every “badass women”, I have encountered on paper, on screen or in real life, and Joan Didion is definitely one of them.