Sunday April 9, 2006

Imagining Ourselves

"Imagining Ourselves: a global generation of women" is a new website and idea from the International Museum of Women.

What are the shared experiences of young women across the globe today? Alternately, what are some of the unique and individual experiences that young women are having across the globe? These are but a few of the questions raised by the Imaging Ourselves website, created through a partnership started by Paula Goldman and the International Museum of Women.

The idea for the site came when Goldman was having a conversation with a friend after the events of 9/11, and wanted to find a way to ask thousands of women: "What defines your generation of women?". Each month the site takes on a new theme (such as love, money, and the future), and asks women to write in about their thoughts on each of these themes. After receiving the responses, they are posted here on the website for the web-browsing public. Currently, women from over 100 countries have posted their stories.

[ as posted in the Internet Scout Report for April 7, 2006 ]

Almost a Great Idea

It sounds like a good idea, but reading further I found cause to quibble. Apparently "Imagining Ourselves connects women in their twenties and thirties around the globe, inspiring them to create positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world."

I think they're making a mistake. Why create such a valuable service and then appear to deny access to a majority of possible participants? Women don't stop being women — and don't stop having valuable things to share — just because they hit 40.

I'm currently over 40. I consider my "peers" to be the people I work with and communicate with. I have no idea what their chronological age is and it doesn't matter. It didn't matter when I was in my 20s and it shouldn't matter 20 years from now.

It's fine to do some compartmentalizing, e.g. consider sub-areas of the site for 20-somethings, 30--somethings, 40-somethings, etc. But don't cut yourself off from so much of your potential audience. And don't cut them off from you.

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