Barbara Beckwith

Vice-President, National Writers’ Union

New Words has been essential to women like me who in the 1970s formed “consciousness-raising” groups to analyze our lives, and went on to organize, often via the written word, to change gender, sexual-identity, and later race, class and age, barriers. For future generations, the Center for New Words can be equally essential as a center where twenty-first century women of all ages and backgrounds can write and be heard — via story-telling, intergenerational collaboration, the Web, or published books — and then organize to make their vision real.