Femme activist and author Minnie Bruce Pratt recently published an essay called “The Struggle to Write.” In it, she talks about the connections between art and activism. You can read the piece in full here.
“What kind of woman, what kind of person is she who has not been imagined yet? We knew only—from memory and scraps of story and flimsy pages—that we were the daughters of the great mass liberation movements of the United States in the 20th century. We knew that living on within us were the people who had fought the labor union battles of the ’30s, the people who shaped the Black civil rights and other national liberation movements of the ’50s and ’60s, the anti–Vietnam war and women’s liberation movements of the ’60s and ’70s.
We were creating in a space that had been cleared by these people, those struggles, a space into which we were writing our lives and histories.”
- Minnie Bruce Pratt, The Struggle to Write
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