MESSAGE RECEIVED, an ongoing participatory collection of Airing Out the "Dirty" Laundry
As women*, we are constantly receiving messages.

Some of these messages are intended to stereotype, degrade, judge, shame, discredit, and humiliate us. Others leave us feeling empowered, heard, seen, and valued. Typically, these hurtful and hopeful messages come from people that are a part of the systems, institutions, and places in which we live and work.

Sometimes, we hear these messages and internalize them.

What if we could send a message back?

When we share experiences we confront them, let them breathe, and then create the possibility to let them go or even transform them into something beautiful and powerful.

Let’s join our voices together and shift the narrative.

*The invitation to participate is for ALL women, femmes, as well as non binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.


- Participation in MESSAGE RECEIVED is anonymous.

- You will receive a photo of your message once it’s “RECEIVED,” HEARD, typed, and joined together on the laundry clothesline.

- A photo of your MESSAGE will also be shared on Instagram @womenslaundry and Facebook @WeBelieveInEquality.
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Dear ________________________________________ , (if you choose the "other" option, please use a general title rather than a name) *
Would you characterize your experience as hopeful or hurtful? This will determine the color of ink that I use to mark your message as RECEIVED (HEARD). RED=HURTFUL/NEGATIVE and TURQUOISE=HOPEFUL/EMPOWERING *
Share your experience. In 1-4 sentences craft a response about the message that you received. Consider keeping this short and powerful. *
Sincerely, ______________________________________ [Please choose how you would like to identify yourself while also protecting your anonymity] *
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