Gender Narrative Project
When I was twenty-one years old, I went to law school—because an aunt loaned me the $65 dollars to apply to the law school where my other aunt had attended. My parents, who emigrated from a world distinct from the privileges of the United States, worried that law school, like my choice for college, might be a waste of time and financial savings, as I was “an attractive girl” who could simply attend less costly schools to obtain a degree in computers or accounting, and then marry a successful man. In all that I do, this history seeps into my drive and determination.
Today, I measure my success as an artist and lawyer by the people I affect, by whether or not I have persuaded them to understand that they do not have to lose to negativity or disbelief or fear, that they can achieve as much as they believe they can achieve.
In the Gender Narrative Project, I will link literature to advocacy and voice, to create a personal, safe space where victims of gender-based trauma can become empowered to think of or act on possibilities for themselves and their futures.
Jhilmil Breckenridge, a sexual violence survivor, wrote, “I breathe differently when I am writing or even reading poetry that speaks to me. It’s as if the whole world slows down and I can finally tune into what really matters.”
The Gender Narrative Project needs financial support to launch, and I am in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. If you or your organization would like to donate money to launch this project, this kind support would go towards funding workshop instruction and advocacy training. The first workshop will be for a domestic violence survivor support group. If you would like to contribute, please fill out the contact form by clicking the button below. Thank you.