Lady – the Magazine

For too long, the Guyanese woman’s stories have gone largely untold.

Names like Grace Nichols, Mahadai Das, Janet Jagan, Magda Pollard and many more echo across our nation’s and our region’s history.  These women created our literary culture, ploughed rice fields, drove the village movement and fought beside their male counterparts to free us from the evils of European Colonialism.

And how has history thanked them? While many stories have been written and many more passed down by way of our rich Creole oral tradition, too many stories are still untold and – perhaps, most terrifying of all – many more have died a natural and permanent death. We have allowed part of the history of the Guyanese – the Caribbean – woman to die.

The Inspire Inc. family, which publishes Lady and other magazines, recognized an urgent need to not just record the history of our women but to investigate her identity and provide an avenue for the expression of that identity. We believe that history, identity and expression are necessary for the empowerment of women.

Lady is published bi-annually and distributed free of cost to empower Guyanese women and to celebrate the life and works of those who have, in some special way, shaped our country and our lives.

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4 thoughts on “Lady – the Magazine

  1. This is a wonderful idea. I hope to get an opportunity to be a part of this as I have many stories/struggles/encouraging words I would like to share. Excited to see this grow into something HUGE!!! All the best.

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  2. What exactly do you mean by “More than Just a Woman”? I find this extremely rude and condescending and not at all “empowering” for women. It’s the 21st century, I didn’t realize we still use the word “Lady” to talk about women, especially as “ladylike” qualities usually prescribe that women be obedient, submissive, docile and polite.. Qualities that are not necessary for the world today.

    Take a real close look at yourselves. What poor taste.

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    • Deandra, thank you for your time and comment. The founding team of the magazine decided on the name “Lady” because they considered it to be synonymous with “woman” but more than this it offered a lexical alternative that did not contain the syllable “man”. Even the history of the word “woman”, depending on the context in which it is used, can have negative connotations, and we feel that an important part of promoting any historically disenfranchised group is reclaiming words with various connotations and using it in positive ways. Thus, while the team was aware of the negative post-colonial connotations of the word “Lady” – which you’ve pointed out – it was and is not the magazine’s intent to suggest that women should be “obedient, submissive, docile and polite” or to suggest any preconceived notion of what or who she should be. We are, in that vein, aiming to do more than what the word “lady” connotatively (not denotatively) suggests.

      As for the tagline “More than just a woman”, it was coined because the team recognized that the image of “a woman” has been subject to many stereotypes and wanted to state that she (the woman) was more than just any of the stereotypes which come to mind when we encounter the phrase “a woman”. When we think of “a woman”, along with all of the positive things which come to mind there are also many stereotypes which arise as well.

      In fact, the content of the magazine does not seek to objectify the woman or to project any preconceived idea of identity on her but rather it seeks to tell her stories as is without any frills thereby recording her reality as it is currently. However, if you feel that any of our previous content has conveyed an objectified view of the woman in society, we would much appreciate the feedback on that specific piece so that we can actively work to correct this error. We hope that the magazine can serve as a tool for the empowerment of women in so far as the written word has historically proven capable of empowering.

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