"Women are generative. Women are stylish. Women are earthy. Women are essential. All these contradictions fill the stories behind our real and imagined lives. Women must negotiate individuality and our interdependence. The ways we learn about each other have not changed, but the mechanisms have brought more women into a global community. Much of our journey will be to find our commonality and celebrate our differences, share talent, recipes for life, problems and solutions. Anchoring private concern to governing will follow art into action. Women have thrilling stories to tell and they serve them well."
gossipgospel was created and directed by Lisa Citron and Annice Jacoby in conjunction with the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing. gossipgospel was a multi-media global action celebrating the power of women’s talk. From the riverbank to the boardroom, over the back fence and across the internet, women carry critical, life-sustaining information in their daily conversations. Gossip is often a term that has been used to disparage the value of women’s talk. gossipgospel invoked the original meaning of gossip – a friend or sponsor at a baptism. gossipgospel showcased through performance, poetry and community gathering – the power of women’s talk. gossipgospel was supported by many including Women in Communications, The Magic Theater, WIRED Magazine, SFMOMA and organizations around the world. Poet Schyleen Quayles shared and performed gossipgospel work at the Beijing 95 gathering.