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The Accurate Detail: Redeeming the World

On this day, International Woman’s day, I couldn’t help but reflect on all the gifts I have enjoyed from women whose devotion to speaking their truths as specifically and accurately as possible has lit the way for all of us who came after them.  This, after all, is the centenary of the first International Women’s Day.  That’s a lot of history for which to be grateful.

And because life goes forward, I need to note, too, how much I appreciate the young women who continue the work to make the world more just, free, and equal, encouraging all of us to press forward.    Author and blogger Courtney E. Martin provides such encouragement in her TED video titled “reinventing feminism.”

The image that stayed with me well after I first viewed the video clip was Martin’s final word picture, when  she deftly provides us with tactile memories, of being a small child lying on the kitchen floor, sucking her thumb while holding her mom’s “cold toes” with her other hand.  And as she lay there on that floor, she  listened to her mother’s voice while she spoke on the phone, organizing and doing activist work, her “daily acts of care and creativity.”  This concrete detail gives the entire talk such grounding—yes, take the pun there!

But that grounding, at the feet of the mother, brings Martin’s story full circle.   She needed to write her latest book, she says, because it was the one she needed to read.  In it, she interviews young women who are finding their own way into caring for the world in a way that does not exhaust and deplete them.   She relates her discovery that these young women had almost nothing in common—except that for each, it was the mother who was the strongest influence.  Which brings us right back to that small child on the kitchen floor.

Martin concludes by saying that a lifetime of challenge and reward requires that one  “Embrace the paradox; act in the face of overwhelm; and love people well.”  Her newest book is called “Do it Anyway: The New Generation of Activists.”

Comments (1) — Categorized under: Gail Koehler

One response to “The Accurate Detail: Redeeming the World”

  1. Susan says:

    Thanks for pointing us to this TED talk, Gail. I found it to be both touching and encouraging. It’s a beautiful affirmation of the “daily acts of care and creativity” to which we devote so much of our lives. And Martin’s honest and courageous effort in the face of difficult realities is genuinely hopeful.

    And as writers, it’s good to notice how the concrete details give her story such power. Makes me want to read her book.

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