Do you know what those giant sticky notes are? They are some incredibly awesome and hard work by a whole bunch of awesome ladies these past few days. We’ve made some awesome progress and we’re really close to a full on Lady-festo. And I wanted to share just a little of what we did in these two meetings, for those that weren’t able to join us.
As I prepped for it, I read up on a bunch of other people’s manifestos. And I thought, “What exactly is a manifesto?”
So I found a few definitions from different dictionary sources online:
A public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives, as one issued by a government, sovereign, or organization.
A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer
The word’s root is Latin – manifestare – which means to be clear and conspicuous. To be unambiguously public in these beliefs. It’s the idea that if you share the view of the world you see around you others will also become aware of it. What struck me about this is that it is not a document about wishing or dreaming or becoming. It’s about what you know, deep down in a fundamental way, to be true. Which means the things that we define in our manifesto are not our future, but the things we already know in this moment.
It’s about asserting the things we believe to be true into the world around us: that women are not lesser qualified or weaker, that our work is not niche or in addition to. It’s knowing that there is a space in which those views are supported and those intentions are believed in. It’s a promise that if we are able to articulate it, others will eventually understand the beliefs we know to be true.
So we spent time articulating these ideas as beliefs. We tried to write down all the things that we know about Awesome Ladies, even if we don’t always see that reflected in the world. We tried to articulate those things as positives (“I believe X” rather than “I don’t believe Y”).
Then we shared those first ideas, clarified and honed them. We linked the things that seemed connected and then we worked to figure out how say them in the most simple and essential ways. We put forth great effort to get to the very core of our Squad’s essence.
And soon, I’ll get to share that with all of you.
I’m pretty psyched.
I think it will be awesome.
A huge thanks to everyone who made it out to one of (or both!) our Lady-festo nights:
- Melissa Amilani
- Hillary Asare
- Dawn Falato
- Arianna Gass
- Colleen Hughes
- Emily Johnson
- Rebecca Joy
- Gina Leigh
- Jane Moore
- Erlina Ortiz
- Catherine Palfinier
- Gabby Sanchez
- Hannah Sandler
- Meryl Sands
- Catharine Slusar
- Isa St. Clair
- Sarah Schol