(AXcess News) – One simple yet profound quote by Emily Dickinson might summarize the position of women throughout much of the history of the United States: “I dwell in possibility.”
Today, women have choices that most of their predecessors just a half century ago did not. Professions once dominated by men are open to them; they can have a successful career and a family – or choose to remain independent throughout their lives.
“As we observe Women’s History Month in March, we need to take stock of our past but also look to the future, ” says Elayne James, author of “Destiny’s Call, ” the first installment of the young adult fantasy series “The LightBridge Legacy, ” (www.lightbridgelegacy.com).
“This year’s emphasis during Women’s History Month is on the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I understand that the United States is lagging in these disciplines, but I join my voice with the many who feel the arts and STEM education should not be mutually exclusive. Both are equally important, and actually very complementary fields of study, for both girls and boys.”
James reviews the many ways in which the arts can benefit a young woman’s education:
“The arts programs keep kids interested and involved in school, keeps their cognitive skills sharp, and provides vital social interaction, fostering rich relationships that can last a lifetime, ” says James. “Art teaches the perception of beauty. It is essential humankind. Without it we would surely perish.”
About Elayne James
Elayne G. James has been a lifelong advocate of the arts. In addition to being an author, she has been a recording artist, a Hollywood sound effects editor, a successful playwright, a theatrical lighting designer, a graphic artist and a professional photographer. Through her series The LightBridge Legacy, she inspires young people to embrace their individuality and believe in themselves. She lives in Southern California.