The continuing inequality of educational, social, and financial resources available to women is a reality that has often deep, often devastating, and often hidden impact on individual lives.
Finding a Room of One’s Own is the Great Books Foundation’s newest outreach effort, providing open forums for the exploration of challenges that young women face. A collaboration between Great Books and the Chicago Foundation for Women, this community program uses text-based discussion to advance social and civic engagement and help people think critically about their own lives and the world we share. At the focus of each discussion is a carefully selected memoir, story, essay, poem, or speech from an acclaimed author such as Adrienne Rich, Edwidge Danticat, Cristina Henríquez, or Toni Morrison. (These and other authors are featured in the Foundation’s recently published anthology, Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community.) Over time, by experiencing these works together, young women will not only explore issues of identity, family, relationships, work, and politics, but also hone their reading and verbal skills, increase their own educational opportunities, and advance career readiness. In partnership with schools and community organizations, the program can also support life skills development and efforts at crisis management.
We want to reach more women, in more communities, and we need your help.
The Great Books Foundation is seeking partners to help develop and implement Finding a Room of One’s Own. Please support this new outreach effort in any way you can. We are seeking donations as well as collaboration with other organizations working in related fields. If you or your organization is interested in learning more and being involved, please email: Louise Galpine, Executive Director of Creative Development at the Great Books Foundation, below.
—K. Sujata, President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Woman