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How you show up matters
Kathy Magnuson and Norma Smith Olson

by Kathy Magnuson and Norma Smith Olson

When was a time that the way you showed up mattered? This is the question we asked Women's Press readers for this Showing Up-themed issue. You can read their comments at www.womenspress.com. (Click on YourThoughts.)

We've been impressed by the power of citizens showing up in New York City, downtown Minneapolis, around the country and the world. Starting with Occupy Wall Street, then OccupyMN and more, it did matter that people showed up and how they showed up. This nonviolent, civil disobedience, grassroots consensus style of showing up and speaking up has captured attention and spurred awareness, conversations and new thinking.

MWP spoke with women-young students, grandmothers and others-at OccupyMN in October. You can read their comments at www.womenspress.com.

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In this "Showing Up" issue Beth Obermeyer writes about getting 1,801 tap dancers to show up to dance their way down Hennepin Avenue over 30 years ago for the opening of the Hennepin Center for the Arts. Read her story on page 12, along with her book recommendations about "showing up." Arvonne Fraser and Shannon Drury share their thoughts about personal politics and showing up on pages 28 and 29. In this issue you can read about women showing up on every continent to run marathons; how to jump in, especially if it is scary; women who have shown up for a book group for 32 years and classmates who showed up at a reunion to paint and build instead of chit chat.

How are you showing up these days?

Coming Up:
December is our annual Changemakers issue. What would you like to see changed for women or girls?

Tell us about it.


Send a paragraph or two to editor@womenspress.com.

Deadline: November 10, 2011
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• Spirituality Guide
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In January we're thinking PINK. What do you have to say about pink? Love it? Hate it?

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Deadline: December 10, 2011
January Advertising Sections:
• Camp & Activity Guide

• Education Guide
• GoSeeDo Guide
Advertising deadline: December 10, 2011

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