After about a year of contemplating the intersection between spirituality and feminism, between the teachings of yoga and the aspirations of a new generation of entrepreneurs, I believe the thread of freedom informs it all.
This is a thread that has weaved its way through my whole life:
- it’s the child wanting to become a missionary because she thought that was how she could free people from poverty
- it’s the university student marching the streets to free women from the horrors of physical, sexual and emotional violence
- it’s training to be a lawyer so she could achieve civil liberties for all
- it’s the social justice warrior working for self-determination for Aboriginal communities, fighting for refugees to have a voice, supporting people with disabilities to get their university degree, and working on cases to expand the rights enjoyed by the LGBTIA community
- it’s the yoga teacher learning and teaching about liberation and awakening
- it’s the move into entrepreneurship to embody lifestyle and financial freedom.
The Visible Woman Manifesto was written one morning in one of those surreal moments you have as a writer where you know for sure you’re merely a vessel for creativity – you’re not the creator and you can take no credit for what shows up. The words literally tumbled onto the page as though they’d been lined up behind a door for months (maybe years?) waiting to announce themselves to the world.
It’s a vision, a passion, a dream.
One that I hope we all share.
It’s designed to be printed and stuck on pin boards, to be shared on social media, to be sent in the mail to loved ones, to be plastered on walls of public buildings. Wherever you think the light of freedom needs to shine, feel free to place it there.