By Miranda Roszkowski
100 years after getting the Vote, 100 female writers share their story
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
We are off!
I am totally thrilled to say that the 100 Voices book is on its way to becoming a fully fledged reality. It's a hugely important book full of new talent and stories that have not been given the platform they deserve - until now.
What is it?
A year ago, I launched a project to commemorate the centenary of the Act that allowed the first women in the U.K to vote, and celebrate female narratives. Everyday for 100 days, a new podcast was aired on the 100 Voices for 100 years website with a different author telling their own personal story of achievement. I wanted to show the huge wealth of female-identifying talent in the UK today, and give a platform to voices that might not be heard so easily.
When we launched the project I had 30 people committed to send me their audio clips. As the project went on, more brilliant writers got involved so that between 6 February and 17 May 2018, 100 short, true stories were published. Established writers such as Sabrina Mahfouz, Louise Jenson, Emma Flint got involved, entrepreneurs, short story writers, journalists, campaigners, poets and bloggers shared their voices. The collection is diverse with writers from all backgrounds, parts of the UK and ages. Gay and straight, able and non-able bodied, mothers, daughters and sisters, all of the stories are honest and about women's lives today.
Why you should preorder now!
The book is a culmination of all this work and I think it deserves to be read by hundreds of people! It is relatable, thought provoking, sometimes a tough read. Each piece is unique and a huge inspiration to me. I am so grateful to those who have already got behind the project and hope many more will do the same.
The quality of the writing is outstanding. More than that, though, is the importance of showing that in a world where female- identifying storytellers are so often overlooked - this book proves they are are out there, ready to be heard.
The book was 10% funded within a matter of days and a huge THANK YOU to those that have already contributed. Please tell your friends, family, neighbours, coworkers, people in the street about the book. We need your support to make this happen. Check out the video for more reasons why and share if you can! Link below:
We've started the journey, but like the agitators for female suffrage and all the amazing campaigners since them who have pushed for a society where women's opinions, ideas and stories are as commonplace as men's, we have a long way still to go.
Let's get to it!
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