The VIDA Count: Lifting Women’s Voices

Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts is an organization that works for gender parity and justice for women writers. […]

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Staceyann Chin Takes Center Page: A Review of The Other Side of Paradise

When people ask me what I do as a writing coach, I tell them that I show women writers who are done being silent how to free their authentic voice so they can take “center page” in their writing and in their life. I’ll admit I love a good pun, and while my puns sometimes […]

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“That Damn Rope”: What Women Writers Can Learn from Women Cops

I recently attended a panel on Women in Law Enforcement at Lynchburg College, where I learned that women, once excluded from law enforcement, now make up roughly 15 percent of sworn personnel. Fifteen percent. I could not help but think of the VIDA Count with its disparaging numbers illuminating the underrepresentation of women writers in […]

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