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Imagining Ourselves
Global Voices from a New Generation of Women

by Paula Goldman ed.

      Paula Goldman partnered with the International Museum of Women to produce Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women. In a desire to discover what twenty- and thirty-somethings had to say about their generation, Goldman sent out a call for submissions from women from all over the world. Three thousand women from 105 countries responded, and Goldman was soon inundated with art, poetry, and prose from accomplished women who had lived in many different countries or had multi-cultural backgrounds. She narrowed those entries down to over 100 submissions from 57 countries.

What resulted was a beautiful volume of writing and art that is very telling. There are portraits of Muslim women in Tajikistan who are struggling for empowerment within a traditional community. There are positive, diverse pictures of lesbians from a Vietnamese- American photographer. There is the stunning picture of three career-driven professional women in traditional Senegalese dress, displaying pride, power, and extreme beauty.

There are essays from a Mexican professional golfer, speaking about opportunities for this generation, and an American expressing what it is like to be Black, white, and Jewish.

There is poetry from two women from Sri Lanka, a woman from Brazil, and an American. There is more -much, much more.

Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women is an incredible look at where women's empowerment has brought us and how the struggle continues all over the world. These women bring the reader deep insights into what issues still need our attention. They also show us that there is so much hope in this generation, so much desire to know and understand, and so great a willingness to give back to the world. After reading this book, no one could ever say that this is the Me Generation.

The Book

New World Library
January 2006
Trade paperback
Non-fiction, women's issues
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The Reviewer

Janie Franz
Reviewed 2006
NOTE: Reviewer Janie Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!, Relaxation Techniques for Children, Relaxation Techniques for Adults; Co-author of The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book. Coming Soon: The Ultimate Wedding Workbook, Get Rich on Love, and Sacred Breath (a sound recording of relaxation meditations).
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