According to a 2014 interview between filmmaker Nicole L. Franklin and artist and comic book illustrator Alice Meichi Li, a hero's journey is "the journey of someone who has privilege. Regardless of the protagonist is male or female, a heroine does not start out with privilege." Being underprivileged, to Li, means that the heroine may not receive the same level of social support enjoyed by the hero in a traditional mythic cycle, and rather than return from her quest as both hero and mentor the heroine instead returns to a world in which she or he is still part of an oppressed demographic. Li adds, "They're not really bringing back an elixir. They're navigating our patriarchal society with unequal pay and inequalities. In the final chapter, they may end up on equal footing. But when you have oppressed groups, all you can hope for is to get half as far by working twice as hard."
Wildlife and working lands go hand in hand. Today, thanks to the hard work of private landowners and land managers, the New England cottontail will not need protection under the Endangered Species Act.
President's Remarks at the Clinton Presidential Center DedicationLittle Rock, Arkansas 12:20 P.M. CST THE PRESIDENT: President Clinton, Senator Clinton, PresidentCarter and Mrs. Carter, President Bush and Mother -- (laughter )--Governor and Mrs. Huckabee, distinguished guests, ladies andgentlemen: Laura and I are really pleased to be a part of this happyand historic occasion. On this day of dedication, we honor the manfrom Hope, Arkansas, who became the 42nd President of the UnitedStates. Mr. President, congratulations. (Applause.) This presidential library chronicles a vivid era in Americanhistory, for the benefit of future generations. It will contribute tothe vitality of this fine city and to the great state of Arkansas. Thecollections here record the dedication and hard work of thousands, whobrought talent and idealism to public service. And at the center ofthat era, at the head of that administration, was an able and energeticAmerican. President Bill Clinton led our country with optimism and agreat affection for the American people, and that affection has beenreturned. He gave all to his job, and the nation gave him two terms. In the early 1990s, the American people saw a young, well-spoken,relatively unknown governor rise to national prominence. Yet fordecades here in Arkansas, the signs of destiny were clear. When youngWilliam entered a new school in the 4th grade, a classmate recalls, "Hedidn't mean to, but he just took the place over." (Laughter.) WhenGovernor Clinton declared his candidacy for President in this city, hisclose friends were not surprised in the least. They'd always knownthat Bill Clinton's moment in history would come. Arkansas is a state that knows political skill when you see it. Afellow in Saline County was asked by his son why he liked GovernorClinton so much. He said, son, he'll look you in the eye, he'll shakeyour hand, he'll hold your baby, he'll pat your dog -- all at the sametime. (Laughter.) Over the years, Bill Clinton showed himself to be much more than agood politician. His home state elected him governor in the 1970s, the1980s, and the 1990s, because he was an innovator, a serious student ofpolicy, and a man of great compassion. In the White House, the wholenation witnessed his brilliance and mastery of detail, his persuasivepower, and his persistence. The President is not the kind to give up afight. His staffers were known to say, "If Clinton were the Titanic,the iceberg would sink." (Laughter.) During his presidency, Bill Clinton seized important opportunitieson issues from welfare to free trade. He was a tireless champion ofpeace in the Middle East. He used American power in the Balkans toconfront aggression and halt ethnic cleansing. And in all his actionsand decisions, the American people sensed a deep empathy for the poorand the powerless. Shortly before leaving office, President Clintonsaid, "Christ admonished us that our lives will be judged by how we dounto the least of our neighbors." Throughout his career, Bill Clintonhas done his best to live up to that standard. And Americans respecthim for it. At every stage of his remarkable life, President Clinton has madeand kept countless friends, who share in the joy of this day. Andthree people in particular have the largest part in this remarkablestory. One day more than 30 years ago, inside the Yale Law Library, afellow student walked over to Bill Clinton and said, "If you're goingto keep staring at me, and I'm going to keep staring back, we ought toat least know each other's name. Mine's Hillary Rodham. What isyours?" (Laughter.) That was a good day for both of them, and thebeginning of a partnership unique in American history. So today, wehonor the former First Lady of Arkansas, the former First Lady ofAmerica, the United States Senator from New York, Senator HillaryRodham Clinton. (Applause.) Perhaps the Clintons' greatest achievement is their daughter, whomoved into the White House as a young girl, and left as an accomplishedyoung lady. It's not easy to be a teenager in the White House, butit's a lot easier when you have a loving mother and a loving fatherthat Chelsea Clinton had. This magnificent presidential library, and the American life itcelebrates, would not have been possible without the love and sacrificeof a special lady. Among his heroes, President Clinton always includeshis mother, Virginia Kelley, "a working woman and a widow." Virginiawas there when her son took the oath of office, and we know that shewould be incredibly proud of this day. The story that began in a little house on Hervey Street in Hope,Arkansas is the kind of story that inspires people from everybackground, all over America. In this great nation, it is alwayspossible for a child to go as far as their talent and vision can takethem. Visitors to this place will be reminded of the great promise ofour country, and the dreams that came true in the life of our 42ndPresident. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library is a gift tothe future by a man who always believed in the future. And today, wethank him for loving and serving America. God bless. (Applause.) END 12:26 P.M. CST Printer-Friendly Version Email this page to a friend IssuesBudget ManagementEducationEnergyHealth CareHomeland SecurityHurricane RecoveryImmigrationJobs & EconomyMedicareNational SecurityPandemic FluPatriot ActRenewal in IraqSocial SecurityMore Issues 2b1af7f3a8