The power of a personal story
Stories of Womanhood is an initiative of Sharona Badloe and Sophia Blijden that aims to show the power of a personal story. After a first successful edition of Stories of Womanhood in Amsterdam and a second edition in Hoorn their Action Project evolved into a complete theatre series with an additional online platform that connects and empowers women in finding their own voice. A third edition took place in June 2019 in Leiden and a fourth edition in December 2019 in Utrecht.
It was initially a workshop during the Amsterdam Fellowship that inspired Sharona and Sophia to write a short play in which different women shared their perspectives on ‘womanhood’. Stories of Womanhood was born. At that time, polarizition within the academic and political discussions on feminism, sexism, and discrimination seemed omnipresent. This play, in which Sharona and Sophia used creativity to express not only themselves but also give a voice to other women, felt like a needed welcoming breath of fresh air. It was hereby they truly realized the connecting power of storytelling and that they wanted to show a different approach the contemporary discussions on feminism and discrimination by using personal stories; personal stories that have the power to connect.
Sharona and Sophia realized the power of storytelling and that they wanted an alternative approach to the contemporary discussions on feminism and discrimination.
Film, spoken word, storytelling, theatre and music
This way an initially small theatre project grew into a first public theatre production, performed at Bijlmer Parktheater in Amsterdam. Within this theatre production the two Senior Fellows use art to share stories and to provide a stage for women from a diverse set of backgrounds to tell their stories through film, spoken word, storytelling, theatre and music. ‘Stories of Womanhood’ is a prime example of an initiative that supports women in finding their voice. Sophia and Sharona mention they hope for visitors to leave the gatherings of Stories of Womanhood feeling inspired, empowered, and connected.
After a successful edition in Amsterdam their Action Project evolved into a complete theatre series that connects and empowers women in finding their own voice.
For April 2020 a fifth edition of Stories of Womanhood was planned to take place in Rotterdam, but the organization recently announced that due to corona measures this edition is being postponed. Follow Stories of Womanhood on Facebook and Instagram to stay informed of all of their activities coming up!