Today's task was to find a story and dissect it. Check out the story I chose here. It's about something known as the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) intended to give women secure rights beyond the 19th Amendment. It was never ratified, but still has an impact on society today. The story, while about the ERA, is actually about Women's Equality Day, which happens to be today (August 26th). More importantly, however, the story is about the woman behind the day. Her name is Bella Abzug. A strong New Yorker with a flare for brash conversation and wide-rimmed hats.
From this story, there are many other stories you could form. Here are five I can think of:
If I were to pick one of the stories above to write, I would definitely choose number five. I would LOVE to spend time with a woman in a male-dominated field and find out how her days go. I want to see if she gets respect and what it takes for her to get that respect. Did she have to compromise herself to get to where she is? Why or why didn't she do that? That would be fascinating to me, especially as a novelist whose main character is a female detective in one of the largest U.S. cities. I love to see women in power and, even more than that, I love to know how they made it there.
It's my senior year of college and that means I'm wrapping up my knowledge of mass communication. One of my last classes is News and Feature Writing and for the next several weeks, this blog will serve as a vessel for my writings. I hope you enjoy! For today's installment, here's a little bit about stories, what they are, and why you should care.
Society and Stories
A story is a life. Fictional or real. They're lives. Stories have brought us characters like Jane Eyre and James Bond. They've told of amazing people like Malala Yousafzai and John F. Kennedy. They take us to places like Oz and Neverland, and we go on journeys that aren't soon forgotten.
Most stories are associated with books, but stories aren't limited to the written word. They're found in movies, TV shows and even music. They can even be found in real life with people like you and me.
They're underappreciated and sometimes go unnoticed. However, the day that all stories vanished would be the day that everyone noticed something was different.
For me they're important because people need to know about the young girl who risked her life for the right to be educated. People need an escape from the turmoil of their own lives, and what better way to find that escape than to hop into a world of unbirthdays, random tea parties, talking animals, and crazy queens with an obsession for beheadings? It gives people the chance to put aside their stresses and the things that cause them anxiety and for a day, an hour, or even ten minutes immerse themselves in the lives of others.
I'm a writer and someday I hope to also be a film director, cinematographer, and producer. My life is consumed with stories. I love hearing about other people and the lives they've lived, because it reminds me that there are other people out there and I'm not alone. People who have seen things I've never dreamed of, and that gives me the push I need to explore one more hidden corner of the world. I also love creating stories. My favorite character I've created is Rebecca Dalton. She's a broken detective trying to make the world a better place. Sounds cliché, and I work every day to make sure she never becomes that.
Whether you craft them or enjoy them, stories are a part of you. They make you who you are and they are there to remind you that the world is a big place. You're problems are not the worst in the world. You are not the best. You are not alone. Someone understands.
A world without stories is a world I would never want to experience.
This blog is a glimpse into my crazy life as a twenty-something female entrepreneur navigating life as the co-owner of a mother-daughter business. Things get pretty insane, but we make it all work.