A Room of One's Own: Women and Power in the New America

Performance | 2006-2008

PS 122, New York, 2008 Whitney Biennial, and several other venues.

“Once upon a time, the great novelist Virginia Woolf wrote that women  needed a modest income and privacy to express their creative genius. Woolf told us that every woman had to have a room of her own if she was  going to show her strength.

Now, at the onset of the new millennium, American women finally have  what they need to demonstrate their valor. The War on Terror has provided a great opportunity to the women of this country. Our nation  has put its trust in our talents, and is providing the space and support we need to prove that we are powerful forces in the struggle for  democracy.

The battle for freedom is being waged in rooms just like the ones Woolf spoke of. In these sanctorum of liberty around the world, American  women are using their minds and their charms to conquer our enemies. American women in uniform are leading our nation’s effort to save the  civilized world from the threat of terrorism. I know I am proud to be one of those women. And today, I am here to tell you how you can be one  too.”

This performance is presented as a lecture about the expanding role of American women in the War on Terror.