Q for Queens – #atozchallenge
Powerful Women for Powerful Stories
I will probably go on and on for this post.
The moment I settled on my ‘fantasy writing’ theme for the A-Z Challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to do for Q. (I’ll be honest, though, I was tempted to do a Star Trek theme for this post.)
I’m a strange person. I consider myself a feminist, but not in the same sense that most people are familiar with.
According to Dictionary.com, feminist means:
advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.
The contradiction many will see here is that I’m also a full believer and supporter in traditional marriage. Just because men and women are created equal, and should have equal rights, does not mean that they are identical.
I have just as much a right to be a stay-at-home mom one day as a woman does to make the same amount of money for the same amount of work as a man in her field does. I have just as much a right to marry as a woman does to NOT marry. I’m still just as much of a person, but it doesn’t mean I’m the same person as the women who want to have six-figure careers and incomes.
Making six-figures from writing would be great, but I’m not holding my breath for that. I may very well accumulate that much one day in royalties, but I know it won’t be all at once. I’ll probably never see it all once, either.
The fact is, though, whether or not a woman is a stay-at-home mom or a CEO, they have just as much value and influence in the world.
If you’re an avid fantasy reader, just stop and think for a moment. How many powerful women can you think of, right off hand, in fantasy stories?
And that’s just fantasy books – not drawing from the wealth of mythology and history that we have access to.