The Untaken Road, an introduction: What does it mean to be an American woman? Is it to fit into a size 2 dress? Is it to run a company? Is it to stay at home with children? Is it to defy conventional rules? How do we overcome societal pressures to find the right path? I needed to find out.
With the voices of American women as my compass, I embarked upon a cross-country writing road trip, seeking to capture the diversity of the female spirit. As I interviewed women of contrasting backgrounds, I discovered different emblems of beauty and strength, challenging my pre-existing stereotypes. Criss-crossing the canvas of the United States with pen and paper, I spoke to over 30 women, transforming myself in the process. Regardless if we choose to race cars or sculpt bronze, successful women listen to their hearts to guide them forward in life. A book weaving together the tales of my journey is forthcoming. Until then, you may read here some of the interviews with inspirational women I encountered.
Road Trip Map
Please click on a city to see the interviewees (red circles show multiple cities, click to show).
- Rebecca, a Hollywood indie film producer
- Jenn, a Manhattan Beach surfer
- Tess, a soldier who served in Afghanistan
- Amy, an Austin stay-at-home mom
- Deidre, a Louisiana Pastor’s wife
- Kitty and Darla, New Orleans strippers
- Crystal, a Katrina disaster relief worker
- Joanne, an Atlanta PhD mom
- Leilani, a Charlotte race car driver
- Candace, a DC art dealing mother
- Cynthia, a New York cupcake vendor
- Kira,a Manhattan real estate broker
- Sheena, a New York salsa dancer
- Carol, a Mexican-American parasol creator
- Clare, a traveling singer songwriter
- Audrey, a Chicago sculptor
- Granny, my Montanan grandmother