A Letter From Our NEW Editor - Chloe Glass
A letter from Chloe Glass, the new Managing Editor of GirlSense and NonSense Magazine.
Managing Editor, GirlSense and NonSense
It was like that feeling of butterflies in your stomach, of your breath catching in your throat as a grin spreads across your face. Thinking about it now, it doesn’t seem very real - more like a movie I watched, once, a long time ago. Yet, I see myself clearly sitting cross-legged in that small room with the sky blue walls, surrounded by weeks old friends and at least twenty girls I’d met only moments before.
We were going around in a circle, introducing ourselves; I had just sat down after doing so myself, “Mera naam Chloe hai.” The girl sitting next to me smiled at my words, squeezing my hand with her own. After this string of introductions, every person in the room dispersed into groups - to discuss the differences and similarities between our countries and cultures. These conversations have stuck with me; what stays with me the most is the joy that filled the room when music started to play and people stood up and began dancing, singing, playing games, and simply being with one another - even though they didn’t know much English and we didn’t understand much Hindi.
It’s when I think back to days like the one in the sky blue room, to possibly the strongest girls and women I have ever met, that I realize why I continue to be passionate about what we do at GirlSense and NonSense. They had been through more than anything I could likely experience in an entire lifetime, but they could still dance and sing and laugh like no one was watching.
It’s when I scan through the hundreds of photos I snapped, and see the one of the woman carrying a bag over her head that looked to weigh more than her entire small body; bare feet, walking through tall grasses underneath the very hot sun. It’s when I remember who the humble head of the village Satoli was, when I stayed there a mere twelve days. It was a woman, the first woman to stand as head of this village in it’s long history. I visited her once in her home - and was in awe of the pure strength that resonated about her like a multicolored aura. She reminded me of my mother as she sent me home after chai tea, with an armful of freshly picked apples and pears.
I’ve watched GirlSense and NonSense grow for over three years this Spring. I’ve felt it aid in my own growth - shape me into the person I am today. Seeing the way GS and NS affects those around me and those who submit their art and their words from around the globe. I have gained new insights from the expressions of so many talented women - with so wide a range of perceptions.
After my recent time in India, meeting strong women and living with them, my passion for GS and NS has only increased. “Important,” may be too weak a word to describe what it is to have a voice - as is “hard,” to describe how difficult it is to find a way to speak. I am incredibly proud to play a part of GirlSense and NonSense and the revolution that we support - to give a voice to those who need one, to encourage empowerment - to celebrate strength in adversity.
P.S. While in India, the group I traveled with visited a place housing many young women and girls who were receiving the opportunity for a higher education from a local NGO called DEHAT. We met two groups of girls that day: one from nearby villages who had dropped out of school and a second group from the jungle, where there was no opportunity to go to high school after finishing their primary education. Here, they had a place to live and a chance to finish their education. You can find more information about DEHAT and can donate at dehatindia.org.