by Donna Decker, Woodhull Alumna
Originally posted to Ms. Magazine Blog on September 1st, 2010
“Women I admire have gone through hell to get their work out there,” Erica Jong told us this past weekend. “I’d like to change that for you.”
Despite its sale of 20 million copies worldwide, Jong’s 1973 feminist novel Fear of Flying provoked a backlash, the vestiges of which still own a sliver of Jong’s soul. She quotes verbatim the vitriol of critic Paul Theroux, who called Jong’s heroine, Isadora Wing, “a mammoth pudenda.”
Yet here is Jong nearly 40 years later, having gone through hell, trying to set forth a cooler path for women writers. She and Barbara Victor–the first person to interview Moammar Ghadaffi after the American bombing in Libya in 1986–acted as facilitators for the Master Class Writers Retreat at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership in Ancramdale, New York. The institute is named after Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the U.S. in 1872, 48 years before women could vote.
Originally posted to Sassy Women Online
by Eva C. Haldane (Woodhull Alumna)
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Woodhull’s Young Women’s Ethical Leadership Retreat. It couldn’t have come at a better time. In my life I’m still adjusting to my transition from full time employee to full time student, a different apartment and roommate and all my own personal issues. It came after I did something that wasn’t too ethical and was beating myself up over it and getting beat up over it by the person I did it to. In short, I was kind of a mess. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but Leah and my aunt had both told me it would change my life. I was looking for a change and so I went open minded. continue
Students have always grappled with what they will do after graduation. But, in today’s economy the stress can be unbearable. Spend a weekend with an awesome group of women working through the same kinds of stresses in an intimate space away from cell phones, e-mail, and school pressures.
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