My name is Shakira Johnson. I am an American college student studying Music and Japanese in Colorado. I was born into a righteous Mormon household; righteous, but nowhere near traditional. I was raised by both working mother and father, loving parents who cherished their marital relationship above all else. My strong and independent mother taught me what it meant to have a voice and to stand up for the things in which I believe. She taught me that even in the midst of life’s most devastating challenges, I can find hope in Divinity. My steadfast father encouraged me to dream lofty dreams, and set lofty goals. He taught me how to have pure communion between the grand pull of nature and the gentle sway of my soul.
The purpose of this blog is to explore what it means to be a woman in today’s world. I will be writing about feminism in general, but my main purpose will be to research what is already out there, to find what is already being said, and then to take those ideas and articulate my own thoughts and feelings. I want to talk mostly about feminism and gender equality and how it applies to my life; specifically, I would like to explore what is being said about women in the Mormon church.
I want to write about this because, to be honest, I am facing some pretty significant trials of my faith right now due to inequality within the Church. So, I guess I am mainly writing this blog for myself, in order to discover my feminine divinity. But, I am hoping that other Mormon feminists will take an interest in my blog, and help me discover my true identity, my true path to happiness and enlightenment.
I believe in Divinity. I believe there is Divinity that lives within each of us. Please feel free to join me in my search for holiness as I channel the Feminine Divine.