Girl Drive: a road trip, a blog, a book

WMG has been a huge fan of Girl Drive for sometime now. In fact, we have asked Nona Willis Aronowitz, one of the creators, to jury a show here at WMG next year. We encourage you to check them out (click HERE to see an interview on our very own Amy for Girl Drive)!

The following is an excerpt from their blog detailing what they’re all about:

“What do twenty-something women care about? What are their hopes, worries, and ambitions? Have they heard of feminism, and do they relate to it?

 These are the burning questions that photographer Emma Bee Bernstein and I, Nona Willis Aronowitz, sought to answer when we hit the road on October 15, 2007, determined to discover how our peers viewed their lives as women. For several months, through dozens of cities, we drove across America in a Chevy Cavalier, photographing young women and finding out what was important to them. Remembering our feminist moms’ legacy, Emma and I also tracked down feminist pioneers like Erica Jong and Michele Wallace, as well as younger veterans like Jennifer Baumgardner and Kathleen Hanna, and asked them, “Where do you see our generation headed?”

Before we left, Emma and I bestowed a name upon our adventure: Girldrive.

Girldrive tracks a conversation between the next generation. It allows gutsy young women across the American cityscape to be seen and heard. It evaluates, through an intergenerational conversation, the current state of feminism and its many definitions. It’s about the past and the present, and it glimmers on the future. It’s about the promise of the open road. It’s about how young women grapple with the concepts of freedom, equality, joy, ambition, sex, and love—whether they call it “feminism” or not.

Girldrive is bigger than just our road trip. It has inspired feminist road trips in the South and the UK. It’s been covered by newspapers, blogs, and TV and radio stations across the country, as well as in places around the world like Italy, Belgium, France and Canada. It’s a universal story personifying a universal message: young women are determined to change their world–and have our voices heard in the process.”

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