Alice Walker, novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. She won the Pulitzer Price for fiction and the National Book Award for The Color Purple.
Walker grew up in Georgia under Jim Crow, and despite the prevailing expectation that the children of black sharecroppers begin work in the fields young, her mother enrolled her in the first grade at age 4. At age 8, she was accidentally hurt by a BB gun when playing with her siblings. Without easy access to a hospital, she became permanently blinded in one eye. Despite being bullied because of the scars from the accident, she later overcame her shyness to become valedictorian and earn a scholarship to Spelman.
"Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom. I would like very much like to have older women in leadership”
"Until women can lift their voices, take their rightful place, I don't think we're going to shift very much. The wisdom that comes from African women, Arab women, Native women, Asian women, all of these women make up over half the planet. For the most part do they get asked if they need a pipelined drilled into their country? No. It takes five minutes to ask [those women] what do they think.If you can stand up for the whales, the elephants, salmon—stand up for women! Give your grandmother a hand. It shouldn't be such a stretch.”
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