Since I’ve been sick at home the past few days, mostly in a horizontal position, my “voice” has been stymied, and I’ve found that to be frustrating. I just haven’t been able to sit up and write. However, it has given me the opportunity to lie around and think about this, one of my favorite topics: women finding their “voice.”
While the idea of finding one’s voice is perhaps most often used to refer to artists—especially writers—I think the term also carries special meaning for women in general. It seems that little boys are somehow just born with voice; it seems to be bestowed upon them at an early age. They are urged to speak up, get rowdy, “Go and get it!” And “it” is… anything they want. Alas, little girls, still not so much. And women? Still stymied, I believe.
I think that women artists, and creative women in general, have lessons to teach because they have had to fight both battles. But which came first, or did they develop their woman/artist voices concurrently? Did you first find the voice of the woman you are, or did finding that come after, or with the help of your voice as an artist? And how did each affect the other?
Women are creative beings, it’s our very biology. But because it’s such an integral part of us, I think we often take our creativity and its gifts for granted. Without a real “voice”, however, we can limit ourselves, limit our reach and the influence we can have on our worlds. Finding your voice. Is it important? How did you do it? As an artist? As a woman?
Talk to me.