The Southern Ladies were loud and proud! Of the twenty women that responded to the “What Would It Take” survey, seven were from the Southeastern United States. The Northeastern United States was represented by four women. The Northwestern and South Central United States was represented by two women each. The North Central region had one woman speak her mind. Sadly, no one from the Southwestern region responded. Internationally, I received responses from a woman in each of the following countries; Korea, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Oh, there was one that simply claimed the USA with no specific region.
Now, I have a gazillion more questions. Why so many women in the Southeastern United States? Do more women train in BJJ there? Are those women just more outspoken and/or web savvy? Is it the climate or culture that lends itself to nurturing women to be BJJ practitioners? I guess the term “Steel Magnolias” is true!
Magnolias are beautiful delicate white flowers. The slightest touch will cause them to bruise and die. The oxymoron “Steel Magnolias” is traditionally used to describe southern women. They appear to be beautiful delicate flowers… (That is until you piss them off.) From a historical context, the cultural and regional challenges these women faced, caused the development of a mental core that was strong as steel. They were survivors that endured hardship with grace and beauty.
Without further aduex, I would like to introduce you to the women who participated in phase one of the “What Would it Take?” project.
Question # 1 – What is the general region of the world in which you reside?
- SavageKitsune – Seattle, Washington, USA
- Anonymous #1 – Northwest, USA
- Shakia Harris – Kentucky, USA
- Jen – South Florida, USA
- Julia Johansen – Korea
- Meg – London, UK
- Katie – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Allie – Southern USA
- Anonymous #2 – USA
- Stephanie – Central Florida, USA
- Kim – Texas, USA
- Shark Girl – New England, USA
- Anonymous #3 – The Netherlands
- Anonymous #4 – Mid-Atlantic City, USA
- Sanya – South Florida, USA
- Liz – New York, USA
- Leslie – Southwest Virginia, USA
- Anonymous #5 – Central USA
- Lontra – Michigan, USA
- bjjJunkie – Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA