from the director
Ali P. Crown
Paths have been worn by the feet
of the ones who have gone before.
Stories were silenced. Lives forgotten.
Now, the shattering of silence;
a chorus rising.
The women are speaking. Emergence.
—The Tao of Women
A new academic year is emerging. Another autumn. Another beginning. I’ve now spent twenty-six autumns on the Emory campus and still cherish the advent of each one. In many ways, the beginnings are really a returning. Returnings help bring grace to beginnings. Comfort comes from renewing our many warm and solid partnerships while anticipating the excitement of meeting new people who will join our community of women.
This autumn marks the beginning of our fourteenth year. For nearly a decade and a half, we’ve been giving voice to women’s lives at Emory. Many of those voices have been heard through the pages of Women’s News and Narratives. Each time we produce a new issue, I am struck by one commonality among the different women who contribute their stories and essays: they are attempting to live authentic lives.
Without these stories, self-exploration might be more difficult for many of us. I believe that women’s narratives help us shape our experience, which then shapes our reality. We learn to know ourselves through knowing others.
I am grateful to the wise and telling women who have filled our pages. I hope you’ll become acquainted with the ones who speak to us this time. I think you’ll find it satisfying, too.