It’s no secret to any of us that being a woman in this world is a uniquely tough position — full of pressures, biases, inequalities and dangers that have us rife with worry and fear. But, it’s also uniquely amazing to live and work and create and love as a woman at this time in history; where we have more power and opportunity than ever before, but are still fighting for true equality and respect for our bodies, our talents and our choices. Seeing a group of women come together to offer up their hopes, dreams and lessons they’ve learned (and those they are still trying to learn) in an effort to help the next generation navigate their own struggles is a beautiful study in community and love where many still believe there is nothing but competitive back-stabbing and cattiness. I spoke with Stanley about her female empowering and uplifting project, its inception and its very bright future
Do you remember the moment you decided to start the project? What is the driving force behind seeking advice from women for the next generation?
How many letters do you receive on a weekly basis? How long did it take for women to really become aware of the project?
At 25, you are still, as many of us 20-something are, struggling to figure everything out about career, life, love and femininity and what it means to be a smart, strong, independent woman in the modern age. Do you ever glean words of wisdom from the letters, or get encouraging responses from younger women of today are already looking to Letters for advice?
What are some of the words of wisdom that you see recurring most often? Which letter was the most popular?
I know that you would ultimately like to publish the Letters in book form. Has there been any news or development on when we can expect to see it on the shelves? Are there any other plans for expansion in the near future?