Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project 

 Women Writing History

About the Project:


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Join the Women's Center for Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project. Inspired by the National Women's History Museum's Women Writing History Project, we invite women, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people in the UC San Diego community to journal and share their experiences of life during the pandemic. Journal along with us and have the option to submit to the Women's Center and be a part of our campus journaling archive and/or submit for inclusion in the National Women's History Museum journaling project. For more information visit https://women.ucsd.edu/ and follow us on Instagram @ucsdwcjournal. For information about the National Women's History Museum's journaling project visit: https://www.womenshistory.org/journal-project


How do I participate?


Start journaling with us! Just found out about the project? No problem! We plan to continue at least through the end of 2020 so jump right in and start today. Choose an amount of time that you want to commit to journaling, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 120 days, some other amount. No need to journal everyday since we all know life happens. Setting a goal will help you stay accountable and committed throughout this journaling journey. Don’t let missing a day stop you, jump back in when you can.


Journals can be written, orally recorded, video recorded, a series of photographs, or original artworks. Whatever works for you to capture your voice and experience during these unprecedented times! 


Now that you’ve decided to participate, PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/wcwritinghistory


When you register we will add you to our list of project participants and will follow up with periodic reminders, messages of encouragement, and invitations to connect with other project participants. We will also follow-up with instructions on how to submit your journal (or excerpts of your journal). Remember, submitting is not a requirement but will help us share stories and experiences back to the community. 

We encourage you to follow us on Instagram @ucsdwcjournal to stay connected and get daily journaling inspiration. 


Who can participate?


We encourage all UC San Diego affiliates (students, grad students, staff, faculty, postdocs, alumni)  to participate. 


What should I write about?

We invite you to record your daily experiences during the pandemic. How are you spending your time? How are you feeling? What are you thinking about? Remember, you can write, draw, take pictures, record, whatever speaks to you. If you are not sure what to journal about, follow our Instagram @ucsdwcjournal for daily inspiration. 

How long should each journal entry be?

Your journals may vary each day and there is no length requirement. Don’t get stuck on length, or what your journal should be, do what feels right to you. 


Do I have to share my journal?


While we hope to collect journals and create an archive of women’s experiences during the pandemic you do not have to share your journal. You will be given an opportunity to submit your complete journal or excerpts from your journal to the Women’s Center. Journals/excerpts from journals will be shared back with the community. You can also elect to submit your journal as part of the national archive through the National Women’s History Museum. To register to participate in the national project through the National Women’s History Museum please complete this form: https://www.womenshistory.org/women-writing-history-coronavirus-journaling-project-sign-form

Please note that the UC San Diego Women’s Center was inspired to start a campus journaling project after learning about the National Women’s History Museum project and is not affiliated with the Museum. 


Additional Questions?

Have a question about the project that we didn’t answer? Please e-mail us at women@ucsd.edu or reach out on Instagram @ucsdwcjournal