This article, originally a speech to a Women's WORLD European team meeting at Bellagio in 1999, goes over the organization's politics and principles, and then gets down to personal vision.
This pamphlet, written for the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women, is the first international treatment of gender-based censorship. It is also an argument for integrating culture and economic development.
In 1994, my children's picture book, Families, became the focus of a Christian Coalition censorship campaign in Fairfax County, Virginia. I went there to see what was up, and found that I was but the first step on a broader agenda: to make sure no information about gay sexuality ever reached the county's children.
The 1993 trial-by-media of the "Five Croatian Witches," women writers who were insufficiently nationalist for the new powers-that-be, brought together all the elements necessary for a witch hunt.
Human ecology means that people's opportunities must match their gifts, so that we can live up to our potential. This has never been the case for women, especially poor women, and things are getting worse.
Women's writing can bring the world back into balance.
Why women writers attending the 1986 International PEN Congress in New York, chaired by Norman Mailer, felt it necessary to occupy the ballroom of the Essex House Hotel in a protest meeting.