WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network)

is a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women.

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Women's Perspectives

Women’s Perspectives: A Journal of Writing and Art by Adult Learners
Women's Perspectives
showcases writing and original artwork by adult learners across all levels. All students in literacy and basic education programs are encouraged to participate. The publication comes out annually and focuses on a specific theme.

Become a Leader! Join the Selection Committee!
Students, teachers, and community volunteers develop the theme, create pre-writing activities, select the readings, develop the book, and organize the Celebration of Student Writing.

  • Write! Make your voice heard.
  • Read! Discover the viewpoints and experiences of adult learners.
  • Learn! Gain information about issues and concerns important to women's equity.
  • Share! Use these writings in classrooms and book groups, or give to your friends.


  • wandagGoing to the conference was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. It was a big step for me because I had to read my personal story before a large audience. This is something I never would have had the courage to do before. It was a turning point in my life. I’m working hard to change my life and overcome my fears. It was a great experience for me. I got to hear another woman’s experience overcoming hardship, which pushed me to say my part. Receiving the honors award for my writing and having the chance to read my story at the conference was a big surprise to me because I struggle with low self-esteem, and I underestimate myself sometimes. My story was very personal, and I felt validated because people were affected by listening to me. Being recognized for my writing made me stronger. -- Wanda Garcia, So. Boston, MA, 2008 Honors Award Winner in Issue #3, Women & Money

    KathleneSteelpicHow did that person take what seems like a mess in her life and transform it into something good? Who was involved in that process, and what kinds of things did that person learn? Who or What was their inspiration? It’s like an equation: Problem to Solve + Difficult Process = Discovery of Best Solution for Myself Problems seem to have a funny way of resolving themselves, especially with the right tools and direction. -- Kathlene Steel, Adult Learner and 2007 contributor to Women's Perspectives
  • We are so excited here in San Diego. The San Diego Council on Literacy has funded my two students to come to your conference. They would like to read their essays….We are already practicing reading and we are working on what to see in Boston. Thank you and your organization for creating such a wonderful opportunity for students….We are very excited about our trip to Boston….Please let me inform you. It is unbelievable, what this trip has done for my students. Unbelievable. Thank you for this opportunity. Follow-up…[The students] are doing very well. The opportunity to go to Boston has changed their lives. -- Marie Doerner, Learning Disability Specialist, San Diego Continuing Education, 2007

    WE LEARN Note: Since writing this, Marie & one of the students have become WE LEARN Board members. Since then, several more students have written for Women’s Perspectives, won awards, and traveled to WE LEARN conferences.

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  • julies friend[Our program] serves low-income, at-risk mothers and their children….Literacy is a vital component of Julie’s holistic approaches to helping members achieve their goals. Over the past 2 years, JFLP has become increasingly involved in various WE LEARN projects. Our students have contributed writing and artwork to Women’s Perspectives, participated in the “Undoing the Silence” writing workshop… and spoken at the annual conference. The women have reported that their involvement in these projects has boosted their self-esteem and has made them feel more positive about both written and verbal self-expression….These are some of the ways in which WE LEARN has supported JFLP’s mission of increasing literacy and self-advocacy. In addition, the activities seem to have given the women a sense of being connected to something larger and alleviated feelings of isolation in their life struggles. -- Dorrie Nord, Julie’s Family Learning Program, South Boston, MA, 2008

  • nctn presentersStudent writers have also become teachers and inspiration to other students. In 2012, Shellie Walters (2nd from left) teamed up with students from Julie's Family Learning Center to present a workshop on student writing at the National College Transition Conference in Providence RI. They shared their stories of writing for Women's Perspectives and reading their stories at the Student Writing Celebrations held during WE LEARN conferences. Mentored by the writing teacher at Julie's (2nd from the right), they offered examples of how to use writing prompts and editing tools to perfect their writing. Shellie is a student leader and WE LEARN Board Member.
  • KandDI received the two copies of Women’s Perspectives as well as the Certificate of Participation for [student 1]….[Student 2]’s participation in WE LEARN has had so many ripple effects, here are a few that I have seen…. Reading the Women’s Perspectives publication has shown [the students] and me the names of other Ontario and Canadian literacy learners who also submitted stories to WE LEARN and were published. We didn’t know about each other until we saw the full collection of stories. We will use this information to find ways to connect more as a result. -- Nancy Friday, AlphaPlus Centre, Toronto, ON, 2010

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    Over the years, many students from Project Hope in Boston have written for Women's Perspectives. They have met educators such as Antonia Darder as well as made new friends from California, Washington, New York -- and even in their own city of Boston.

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