Last month, a group of us at Impact went to see “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a documentary film about the women’s movement of the 1960’s. Among many other profound and moving things, the movie told the story of female FBI informants who were assigned to infiltrate women’s consciousness raising groups in the early 60’s by a wary J. Edgar Hoover. The female informants reported back to Hoover, asking to be excused from their assignment— why waste their time, when “all the women in the group were doing was talking.”
Women’s groups in the 60’s were all about sharing common experiences and TALKING! All of this talking unearthed their shared discrimination experiences in the workplace, at the doctor’s office, and at home. More talking led to the beginning of a movement, and even more talking was what pressed the second wave of the women’s movement forward.
What can we learn from this? Remember to place appropriate value on conversation and dialogue in our work.
Ideas are powerful! Common experiences are just as powerful. In the world of fundraising, a strong idea, a sense of commonality and community, can propel a campaign to new heights- just like it did for the feminist movement.
Let’s keep talking!
– Posted by Alanah Rosenbloom