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Sunday, March 12, 2006

A New Generation of Women

So I read about a book that I am interested in reading. Isn't that a lame sentence? Anyway, It is called Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women. "What defines your generation of women?" is the question posed by the author, who then compiled the responses in this book. The generation is defined as women age 20-40.

"The world is filled with fierce girls who do not question their power...who have never contemplated their limitations, only their possibilities." This is written in the introduction by Isabel Allende. So one of these days when I find time to read again, I am going to try to pick up this book...in the mean time...answer the question...


  • Unfortunately the definition of my generation of women and my "culture" of women are completly different.
    The women of my generation that I have worked with and otherwise pal-ed around with before being active in church tended to be women that were uncomfortable in the choices they have made in life, starving for love and giving every part of themselves freely in hopes of receiving some kind (or the wrong kind) of male attention. Shame, fear, and the disenchantment of life seem to take them over. (as Robin (the shrink on Oprah) has stated, "Women today treat themselves as garbage cans"...[taking in anything and everything that will fill the void]) I know that these women generally and deeply desire the same things I do, that of finding joy and meaning in life, but seek to find them through different means. This generation of women (and yes this is a generalization!) seem to be more concerned with finding joy though fashion, money, and status than through family, personal improvement, and personal integrity. I am so so grateful that there are women of character that surround me. I am grateful that their are still women who believe in truth, love, loyalty, and kindness. (and NO not ALL of them are mormon!) This helps me be better at seeing the big picture of life and not succombing to the tunnel vision that has enveloped me in the past. It seems that in my world there are distinct differences in this new generation of women that negates any real unity and unfortunately the contrast gets starker every day.
    posted by Blogger ksl at 3/12/2006 06:42:00 PM  

  • "Trying to do it all..." that's what I feel like defines our generation of women. Trying to have a career, family, be in shape, happy, and succeed at everything. Some can do it, other's just can't. I'm in the latter group.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 3/12/2006 07:29:00 PM  

  • Anon - Don't let those women fool you, NOBODY can succeed in "doing it all". There just aren't enough hours in the day. It is always futile to compare ourselves to others. Everyone has their own balancing act with their own set of balls in the air.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 3/12/2006 08:24:00 PM  

  • My generation of women are the same as all generations of women.

    In every generation there are women that are strong, independent, leaders, and fighters.

    In every generation there are women that are mothers, wives, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and friends.

    In every generation there are women that suffer, are abused, are treated with disrespect and are ignored.

    In every generation there are women that overcome the most amazing odds and conquer their fears and accomplish their dreams.

    Okay, I know the above sounds like something out of a documentary, but it's totally true. Everyone talks about how women need to be better than the women before us. But I'm afraid that no matter how much time goes by, there will always be women who allow themselves (as ksl describes above) to be taken advantage of and be abused. BUT --in every generation there will always be those women that are strong and amazing and change the courses of history. I guess we just need to make sure that we are all striving to be in the latter group...
    posted by Blogger Cheryl at 3/12/2006 09:34:00 PM  

  • "who have never contemplated their limitations, only their possibilities"

    It is this quote that struck me. Honestly I cannot think of a time when I wanted to accomplish a goal and said to myself: Oh, I can't do that b/c I am a girl. And if that is unique to this generation, than that is progress. I think my mom and grandma thought they could ONLY be mothers...I don't think they dared to dream anything else.

    When I walk to ballet class with my daughter, I think about other countries where girls don't even know what ballet is...and who will never be educated. I want my daughter to know that she can do anything, and that it matters not what her gender is.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 3/14/2006 08:01:00 AM  

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