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.

Women's Perspectives has been published annually since 2006. Each theme-based issue showcases original writings and artwork by adult literacy/basic education students across all levels. The WP Committee prepares pre-writing activities and lesson plans to guide student writers and their teachers to develop and submit quality writing. This is a  listing of past issues along with the writing prompts.
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Women's Perspectives Past Issues

Women’s Perspectives #10: Messages

Published 2015

messagesWomen’s Perspectives # 10: Messages showcases original writings and artwork by adult literacy/basic education students of all levels. Student writers and artists were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “Messages.”  

  • What messages have you received? 
  • How have you seen the effect of negative messages?  
  • What positive messages have you received?  How have they inspired you to grow and change? 
  • What messages do you send?  What messages do you want to send?  How can those messages help you or help others in the future?

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Women's Perspectives #9: Women Celebrate the Future

Published in 2014

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This issue showcases original writings and artwork by adult literacy/basic education students across all levels. Student writers and artists  shared ideas on the theme “Women Celebrate the Future.”

  • What success do you dream about? How do your dreams guide you to grow and change?
  • What accomplishments will you make? Who motivates you to succeed? What are you willing to do to succeed?
  • What does it take to be successful? What great things will women achieve in the future?

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Printed with Issue #8 - Double Issue to Celebrate WE LEARN's 10th Anniversary
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Women's Perspectives #8: We Succeed

Published in 2013

wp8 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “We Succeed." Sample questions in the activities included:

  • What successful women do you know? What successful women have you heard about? How have they inspired you to grow and change?
  • What accomplishments have you made? Who motivated you to succeed? How will this help you in the future?
  • Tell the stories of great women who have made a difference. Share your success. Share the successes of those around you.

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Women's Perspectives #7: Women & Communication

Pubished in 2012

wp7 cover smWomen & Communication (Women’s Perspectives Issue 7) showcases writings by adult literacy/basic education learners across all levels, including transitions/developmental education students. In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to think and share their ideas on this theme. Sample questions in the activities included:

  • What does it mean to communicate? How do we communicate?
  • What is technology? How does technology affect our communication?
  • How do we communicate through storytelling? How do we tell or communicate our family stories?
  • How does writing our memoirs communicate our life stories to others? What memoirs have meant the most to you?
  • What are some challenges to communication, and how do you overcome them?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as family, community involvement, work experiences, mentoring, immigration support, and educational achievements and goals. The writings show strength, courage, hope, determination, love, kindness, respect and many other attributes demonstrated by adult learners who add value to local and global communities.

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Women’s Perspectives #6: We Are Here: How I Add Value to Society

Published in 2011

wp6 cover smWe Are Here (Women’s Perspectives Issue 6) showcases writings by adult literacy/basic education learners across all levels, including transitions/developmental education students. In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “We Are Here: How I Add Value to Society.”

  • In what ways were you successful before you came back to school? What would you like others to know about those experiences?
  • What are your best qualities? How are they helping you continue your education? How might they help you in the future?
  • What contributions have you been making to society (e.g., organizing in your neighborhood, leadership in your church, helping at your child’s school)? How are you already valuable to your community?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as family, community involvement, work experiences, mentoring, immigration support, and educational achievements and goals. The writings show strength, courage, hope, determination, love, kindness, respect and many other attributes demonstrated by adult learners who add value to local and global communities.

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Some of the pre-writing suggestions have links to resources on the internet. For your convenience, we have listed them all here as well.

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Women’s Perspectives #5: What Would You Do? Creative Ideas for Difficult Times

Published in 2010

wp5 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with visioning a different world. They were asked to consider questions such as these:

  • What would a “better world” look like to you? What would you do to make this happen? How do women leaders change the world?
  • What are the most pressing issues affecting women today? And what would you do to address one or many of these issues?
  • In a position of authority or as a decision-maker, what would you do to solve the big issues of the day where you live or work?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as literacy and education, homelessness, legal reforms, family and community violence, immigration, racism, addictions, parenting, and many other personal and social issues. These writings explore personal experiences as well as provide solutions both small and large.

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Women’s Perspectives #4: Transition / Transformation

Published in 2009

wp4 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with making changes in their lives. Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as choice, metamorphosis, support networks, life transitions, confidence and self-understanding, and educational pursuits.


WE LEARN received 100 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 62 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

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These are links to articles and photos in order referenced in the activities.
Article by Esther Eisner
Picture Prompts - Select the photo title to see a full-color version of the pictures included in the Pre-Writing Activities.
Boardwalk    |   Covered Bridge   |   Butterfly   |   Feet on Beach    |   Sunset

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Women’s Perspectives 3: Women & Money

Published in 2008

wp3 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with money. Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as finances, class, security, income, work, and other everyday issues related to women’s lives as affected by money.


WE LEARN received 93 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 58 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

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Women’s Perspectives #2: Women Who Dare ~ Daily Steps to Big Accomplishments

Published in 2007

wp2 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the theme of women who dare to take control of their lives. The forms could be personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing. Students were invited to cover the broad spectrum of issues related to women’s successes: accomplishments in their families, schools, workplaces, churches, and communities; role models, both common and famous women from today and in history; and daily achievements and life success.


WE LEARN received 74 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range
of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 48 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

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Women’s Perspectives #1: Women's Health & Wellness

Published in 2006

wp1 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the theme of women's health/well-being. The forms could be personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing. Students were invited to cover the broad spectrum of issues related to women's health and well-being: education/literacy, healthcare systems, social issues, specific illnesses, media images, gender-specific issues such as reproductive health, as well as many other topics. A pre-writing activity was made available for both teachers and students.


WE LEARN received 75 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 55 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

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