AGA Roll Call: A Room of Our Own

"Women, then, have not had a dog's chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one's own."~ Virginia Woolf

When we went through the applications to choose each of you, the biggest common thread you shared (and which we were looking for most) was that you all both wanted women's community for yourselves, and expressed a dedication to nurturing women's community for other young women.

Write about why you want and need women's community. Here are some ideas to play with:

• When you don't have it, what is the experience of that missing piece? How do you think it effects women individually and as a class to be without their own spaces?

• When you DO have it, how do you see it benefitting you, other women, women as a class, and feminism as a whole? Why it is important to you?

• What do you think women's community can provide; what do you think it CAN'T provide?

• We know that women's spaces can be of great value to women, and that plenty of women would say that space is a vital neccessity to women. But do you think it can also benefit others? How?

• Talk about an already-existing women's space you've spent time in: think about it broadly -- there are likely spaces you've spent time in which haven't been put forth as women's spaces, but have ended up being so.

• Build an ideal space for women. Where is it? What does it look like: what colors, scents, sounds are there? Who's in it? What's everyone doing there? What does it feel like to be in it?

Tag your post with "AGA Roll Call: A Room of Our Own," or, if you're a reader here, leave a letter at the All Girl Army forums, or a link to your letter at your own blog or journal in the comments here.

To read our writer's responses to this call as they come in, click here.