Thank you for visiting my site! Allow me to share my story:
My professional career (and feminist identity) began when I was program director for the National Women’s Health Network. Often a public spokesperson, I wanted to wed the power of media to women’s health and issues of gender. After earning my master’s degree in health communications, I worked in many countries around the world in international public health education and communication with a focus on maternal and child health, which led me to Virginia Woolf’s conclusion: “As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
In 1985 I wrote an article on women's health issues in the developing world for a magazine called Medica. The fee bought my ticket to Nairobi to cover the third UN Decade for Women conference for New Directions for Women. That launched my career as a journalist. At the same time my creative work was being published in anthologies and small literary magazines. In 1991 Knowledge, Ideas and Trends (KIT) published my first collections of essays. My first books of poetry, short stories and memoir soon followed. And the rest, as they say, is "herstory!"
As a writer and journalist, it was my privilege to cover the 4th World Conference of Women in 1995 in Beijing along with smaller forums. My teaching career, which began at Yale University’s School of Public Health, also commenced during those years. In addition to being adjunct faculty at many US colleges and universities, I taught for a year at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 1998, I moved with my husband to rural Vermont where I now focus on creative and professional writing, lecturing, and facilitating writing workshops.
Some people fail to recognize the connectivity of my professional (and personal) experience. They put me in the “writer” or “journalist” box; the “feminist scholar” or “teacher” box, the “health communication” or “international development” box. Others realize the significant concurrence inherent in the various settings and roles it has been my privilege to inhabit. I’ve worked across age spans and continents within various sectors, but always from a human rights and social change perspective as viewed through a feminist lens. It’s been a true gift.
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