By Jo Shaw, Ben Fletcher-Watson and Abrisham Ahmadzadeh
Fifty reflections on women, power and identity
Friday, 14 August 2020
We are thrilled to announce that Dangerous Women has achieved its target and is now fully funded. We have been blown away by the response to our campaign - we can't wait to share the finished book with everyone.
Our sincerest thanks go to Unbound, who have helped us every step of the way; to our wonderful authors, whose work continues to inspire us; to the original Dangerous Women Project team at the University of Edinburgh for their wisdom and support; and most of all, to everyone who has pledged - over 400 of you! - to make this collection a reality. It quite literally could not have happened without you.
When the Dangerous Women Project began in 2016, in a seemingly different world from today, we could not have imagined the current circumstances that we find ourselves in. And yet, if the ongoing social impacts of COVID-19 and the explosion of racial justice movements across the globe remind us of anything, it is of the continued relevance of our project’s mission. We are proud to highlight the diversity of women’s voices in our anthology, especially the voices of Black women, for whom being ‘dangerous’ is uniquely racialized as well as gendered. As Audre Lorde said, there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, and Dangerous Women is certainly not a single-issue anthology. We hope that the 50 powerful pieces collected in the book are able to illuminate how gender intersects with other identities in constructing who and what is dangerous to the social order - past, present and future.
We're dotting the i's and crossing the t's on the manuscript right now, as well as preparing all the lovely merchandise and rewards for pledges. There's still time left to pledge for a copy if you’d like to see your name in the back of the book and help us to exceed 100% funding. But most importantly, we'd like to finish with another huge THANK YOU to all our supporters for making this happen!
Jo, Ben and Abi