Storytelling is an activity as old as the human race—it’s how communities have passed down their histories, how people have created their identities, and a means through which to understand the world.
Sometimes, people have to dig deep—into their personal histories, into complex social systems—to reveal stories that might otherwise be overlooked. And it’s those stories that were told and celebrated at Northeastern’s Women Who Empower summit on Wednesday.
“Stories create meaning, add context, have impact, challenge norms, and accelerate action,” said Diane MacGillivray, who is one of the event organizers and Northeastern’s senior vice president for university advancement.
Some stories, she said, were perhaps considered “too dangerous to tell” by their subjects. These stories required all the more digging to uncover.