Introduction to A GIVEN LIFE 

A Given Life presents accounts, narratives, reflections, illustrations and protests from the female universe.
  In this book a group of women have joined together to tell part of their individual stories in order to demonstrate some of the tasks and challenges which women have to deal with during their lives.
In a society where everything seems possible and the media, as well as satellites and cables flood us with information, it can be difficult to find ones bearings. It is sometimes necessary for us to participate in exceptional situations, but this also gives us the opportunity of finding a new place in life.  

© Gine & Sisse Jarner
The idea behind the book is to give women inspiration to reflect on their womanhood and their position in the human cycle and in society at large. Consequently, we might question whether the present system of traditional market economy respects the cycle of a woman’s life sufficiently. We believe that each person has their own unique answer to this question.
We consider women to be a group of very different people, but sharing a common bond in that most of us will experience biological and social changes in relationships and sex, as well as in matters concerning work and caring for other people.   
  We invite an analytic eye to examine the current trend where biology and nature have been pushed  into the background whilst the limelight has been focused on pedagogy, psychology and genetics.
It is a fact that women love to talk - but not about just any subject. What would happens if the stories which women tell are put into a larger perspective? The picture which emerges shows us what is important to us, and therefore it is interesting to consider the function which women’s stories have. Are we willing to share our experiences, our thoughts and fantasies because we are looking for new ways to self understanding? Can the stories inspire new ideas and new methods of conduct? Does our imagination set a limit?  
  A good life for most women means good living conditions for each individual as part of a larger community - women, men and children. In this connection, it is essential to be able to form relationships with other people and the basic conditions of everyday life are crucial for close personal relationships.
We hope that this book can help to start discussions and reflections on the type of society which fosters a good life - in particular from the perspective of a woman’s life.  
  Pia Deleuran & Bente Holm Nielsen
Frederiksberg, April 1999