Welcome to In the Company of Women, a feminist blog that serves as a platform for wisdom sharing, liberated voices, and passionate opinions valuable to contemporary women. African-American women in particular, as they make their way through often complex experiences first as girls, and then as women.
Women making and keeping home as wives, lovers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and other mothers.
Women leading change as business executives, policy makers, movie and music stars, healthcare workers, physical laborers, and media professionals, spiritual and academic teachers.
In this space – In the Company of Women – I hope to write about a myriad of issues pertinent to the 21st century Black American woman – women in pursuit of growth and personal fulfillment in spite of difficult obstacles present in their lives.
As for me, I am a professional journalist, magazine editor, public relations writer, and web content contributor with 20-plus years of practiced writing experience.
I am a Black feminist scholar, and a high school educator; a wife, mother, grandmother, and girlfriend whose love expands to include my husband, son, and grandsons whose support and love contribute to my growth and personal fulfillment.
However, I am who I am because of the women in my life – my beloved mother who died more than 35 years ago. My warm-hearted, God-fearing aunt, who loved her sister enough to take her nieces into her heart and home.
My sister, Florida’s youngest daughter and the left side of my brain, whose presence in my life makes it complete. My daughter and granddaughters who enlarge and flower my life in ways I could never have predicted. My only, long awaited niece who excites me about the future. In the Company of Women is dedicated to these women and girls, and to so many others who have come and gone and remain essential to my self-identity.
In August 2008, I was awarded a Master’s of Arts degree in Women’s Studies, an interdisciplinary field dedicated to studying the historical, cultural, literary, and societal role of women. Pursuit of the degree developed in me a deeper understanding of how gender-based inequalities are created and repeated. How America’s ‘isms – sexism and racism for example – influence women living, loving, and learning along society’s margins.
During the same year, I walked back into a high school classroom where I unearthed within myself a passion for teaching parallel to my lifelong love of learning. I so enjoy the role I am fortunate to play in the lives of my students during the short time we are together.
It was a high school English composition teacher, yet another woman, who first emboldened me with her encouragement to write professionally. If I can manage to spark the unrealized talent of just one of the girls and boys I meet, my work as an educator will not be in vain.
I have so much to share with you, and to learn from you. I’m really looking forward to our running conversation over the coming months and years!