In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!
Alice Walker and Her 10 Fun Facts
Alice Walker (1944- ) is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Color Purple” and a self-proclaimed ‘womanist’, a term coined by Walker to help broaden the women’s movement to include women of color and appreciate their traditional, cultural and creative roles.
1. Walker was one of 8 children born to sharecropper parents in Georgia.
2. Walker is permanently blind in her right eye after being shot by one of her brother’s BB guns as a child and not receiving immediate medical treatment.
3. Walker graduated valedictorian in her high school and went on to attend first Spelman College, then Sarah Lawrence College, both with full scholarships.
4. Walker’s first collection of poetry, Once, which is filled with suicidal thoughts, emerged from the emotional trauma she suffered due to the abortion she went through her senior year of college.
5. Walker was the editor of Ms. Magazine and by publishing an article “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston” in 1975, revived interest in Hurston’s writings.
6. Walker published several novels, in addition to articles, poems, short stories and essays.
7. Walker was also an activist who participated in the 1963 March on Washington as well as going to jail due to crossing the police line during an anti-war rally at the White House in 2003.
8. Walker’s The Color Purple was just made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg
9. in 1994, Walker legally added “Tallulah Kate” to her name in 1994 in honor of her mother and paternal grandmother.
10. Walker’s spirituality has been characterized as ‘unoppressive womanist perspective’, and she is inspired spiritually by those such as Zora Neale Hurston.