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AWE (A Woman’s Experience)

Volume 7 (2020)

From the Editor

Dear Reader, Welcome to the 2020 edition of AWE: A Woman’s Experience. To say that this year has been remarkable—and remarkably difficult—would be an understatement. As a planet, we have experienced COVID-19 and its rippling effects across our economy and healthcare systems. As a nation, we have grappled anew with issues of racial justice and equality. As you will discover by going through the pages of this journal, our writers and artists have had their own personal struggles as well—of faith, confidence, grief, and change. Ultimately, however, this journal is a story of triumph. Its mere existence is a testament to the tenacity of our editing team and graphic designers. Although published after its intended publication date in large part due to the sudden exodus of the entire team from campus when the pandemic reached Utah, it nonetheless stands as a symbol of success in spite of opposition. For that reason, it is especially worthy of celebration, and thus I celebrate and honor our entire team. Perhaps the most humbling part of being the editor in chief, espe- cially in times like these, is being a witness to so many incredible stories: both the stories of editing team members and the stories of those who submit their writing and art to the journal. Although we are only able to accept a limited number of entries to the journal, I want to personally thank all the writers and artists who submitted an entry for this year’s publication. Having the opportunity to review so many remarkable works has convinced me that no one is truly ordinary; we all are extraordinary with stories and experiences to share. I hope that, as you read this journal, you will not only experience a snapshot into the past, but will also join us in celebrating the expe- riences of women. AWE is all about honoring an aspect of the human experience that is often left out. As you read and view the writings and art about or by women included in this issue, I hope these works will inspire you to look more closely at the world, enabling you to cele- brate the extraordinary individuals that are far too often overlooked. By doing so, I have no doubt that you will find what I have learned: that each person has incredible stories to share. Warmly, Kayla Bach