Stories of women as a source of inspiration

Exploring the link between the stories we live and the stories we share


  • Urska Repar


In this article I share three case studies of how three feminist artists told women’s stories in Celje, Slovenia using a storytelling performance, feminist tours, and an acrobatic performance. Through the lens of feminist adult education and gender justice I explored how stories told about women said as much about them as the artists themselves because individual women’s histories, personal circumstances and interests are very much collective experiences and consciousness. Through semi-structured interviews the artists shared how their work aimed to challenge perceptions and dynamics of gender, disrupt stereotypes and broaden knowledge of the historical expectations and limitations women have faced for decades. By illustrating the educational potential of these activities, I offer insights into how the background of the creator influences the creative process.