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Steve Wilson Fellowship for Scientific Delirium Madness and Women

By Sonia Sheridan

Ainissa Ramirez Phd was the 2017 Science Steve Wilson Fellow recipient.
Sarah Rosalena Brady is the 2018 Media Artist Steve Wilson Fellow recipient.

These winners happen to be women but were selected simply because they most represented Steve Wilson's ideas with the quality and breadth of their work. Equally important were their philosophies of searching for what was needed for society's advancement in the education of the next generations (Ramirez) and looking for the roots of the meaning of art in distant cultural pasts (Brady). In each case, the two women stood out above all as confident, hard-working and skilled in their work. Above all, they each had a vision and a determined path.

As women organize for equal treatment, there are also women, who set an example by excelling in their work. The mass movement of women for equality and individual women as examples of quality work are both in symmetry.  Women, who simply plow ahead with little or no thought about struggling as a woman set examples that I wish more women would follow. Confidence in self is essential to focus. "First you are a human being, then you are a woman. As such you can achieve what you work towards" (A. Landy).

I write this because I sense that women's feeling of inadequacy, matches similar feelings in historically abused ethnic groups. Remember Black Power and the Black Panthers in the 1960s trying to reach the young to think "I am beautiful" So women need to focus on the power of their minds rather than the attraction of their bodies. Obviously, this is happening, yet for a book, I am developing on generative artists how many global women do we have? Spain and Sweden are two. The power for change is both in political movements to affect social laws, but equally in women's sense of self-worth.