When women don’t get along folks line up to see the sparks fly, but what about when women collaborate and support one another? Two great interviews celebrate the strength of reciprocal relationships between women:
Ari at Reading in Color talks to Neesha Meminger:
When we create stories, part of what we do is create new possibilities and realities through the rules of the world we create. Women and girls have had functional, loving, caring, nurturing relationships for centuries. Women can work together in teams and partnerships where there is respect and compassion.
And at Women Doing Literary Things, Farzana Doctor writes about the lessons she learned from the “promo squad” that helped launch her new book:
Being a member of my communities means that it’s possible to create a Promo Squad and receive its generosity. It also means that I need to be generous in return, and I take this commitment seriously. I believe that we all have to open space for emerging writers, promote them, offer advice when asked. We should endeavour to be non-competitive, open-hearted with our colleagues. We need to use the privileges that we earn or stumble upon to pave the way for others. We also have to work on our internalized oppression so that we can see that our sisters’ (and brown brothers’, and trans siblings’) work is just as relevant (and sometimes more relevant) than those who hold power in our society.