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Private Revolution

Private Revolution

It is difficult today to ignore the lack of social unity and the influence of greed, power, and material interests. It is easy to feel bound by our gender, caste, creed, and nation. The American belief that we are all created equal and possess natural constitutional rights of freedom, justice, equality, and opportunity is challenged daily but still worth the fight.

 

Between the Lies

Are we living in a culture of perpetual lies? With leaders who engage in falsehoods and misleading statements, it is not surprising. But with the breakdown of trusted sources of information and dismissal of scientific facts, we are left with no starting point to agree upon for addressing any problem. Democracy relies on people being informed about the issues so they can have a debate and make a decision. Misinformed people can only cause havoc.

 

Facts are Stubborn Things

A truth is a belief, but is it based on facts? My piece reflects today’s struggle between facts and truths. Rather than factual evidence, unwelcome truths have become the narrative of reality. When facts are overwhelmed by false information, we can no longer believe that truth will overcome. Democracy relies on people being informed about the issues so they can have a debate and make a decision. Misinformed people can only cause havoc.

 

Bound

Bound whispers a list of the most powerful women today. Their names and titles become the textural pattern and fabric of a suggested dress of which the figure has left behind. The featureless body challenges the viewer to set aside judgment and to view self differently. The box shape implies containment and symbolizes imposed limitations. By breaking through the borders, the figure successfully begins to tear down those walls built to define our differences and to divide us as human beings.

 

Although women continue to be bound by gender, caste, creed, and nation, many have weakened or removed ties to obtain leadership positions in industry, academe, and government. The Forbes’ list 100 Most Powerful Women underscores this advancement. My hope is to inspire a new generation of women to move toward what is fully possible.