How the Program Works
Putting pen to paper is a much different process from speaking. Museum writing teacher and board member Judith Hannan explains, “When you write, you stand next to yourself. This remove allows you to go deeper into your feelings. The women access aspects of themselves through writing in ways that can be comforting rather than overwhelming.”
Finally, the women read their words aloud. In 15 minutes, they have created stories that not only make their lives a little more understandable to them, but to the others as well. Selected works are included in a booklet published annually by the Museum. In 2016, NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray honored the program by crafting the introduction.