I’ve posted before about how I regret rushing through the South on our original road trip–especially since it was one of the most fascinating stretches of the whole Girldrive experience. I’ve been doing an off-and-on Southern series to fill in the gaps, and it looks like two ladies from Hendrix College in Arkansas have helped me out. Katie had a feminist awakening in a Gender, Sexuality & American Politics class and started talking about feminism with her friend Ashley. Then they got a frickin grant from their college to travel across the South and interview young women! YES. From Katie’s blog:
…I started reading outside of class — Reviving Ophelia, Full Frontal Feminism, Cunt, etc. — and talking almost non-stop about what it means to be a young woman in the 21st century. Living in a house with seven other women, we had plenty of discussion material and lots of other voices to involve in our conversation.
The road trip plan crystallized when I went home for Thanksgiving break and read a book my sister had bought, Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism. After reading about what Nona Aronowitz and Emma Bernstein did, driving across the U.S. and speaking to more than 100 women, I told myself, I could do that. And moreover — I should do that. I was inspired by their search to understand the female American experience … The book was a great consolation to me, because that very week my plans to go to India had gotten cancelled…
The nitty-gritty planning is just now taking place. One of the piles on my roommate’s bed is all the travel gear I expect to need – GPS, inflatable travel pillow, suitcase, etc. The past three days has been a flurry of phone calls and Facebook messages, talking with Hendrix friends across the South about whether I could stay with them, speak to them, and meet their friends … We’ve got two weeks to cover all that ground and speak to as many people as possible to try to answer the question, What is it like to be a young woman in the South?
The girls went to Lafayette and New Orleans, La.; Hattiesburg, Jackson, Columbus and Starkville, Miss.; Sulligent and Birmingham, Al.; Peachtree City and maybe Decatur, Ga.; and Nashville and Memphis, Tenn. Read more here and here.
I’m SO sad I didn’t know about this before!! (They did the trip in January.) But I’m determined to get these two ladies to guest-blog for Girldrive. Who’s with me?