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from oppression to support. This means altering day-to-day behavior as well as analysing the conditions which have brought about personal and cultural devaluation of the feminine. We consider the lack of development of which I am speaking to be a social and political problem indigenous to women and minorities requiring changes in social structures rather than a personal problem requiring therapy. When support prevails, there is a surge of energy in the group. A great deal of interest develops among members in one another and in each other's work. There is an increase of individual as well as collective power.

The feminist Studio Workshop raises four issues for ongoing discussion which reveal women's apprehension of power: authority, sexuality, money, work. Authority, for example, has been a central issue in the women's movement. In an effort to avoid duplicating inflexible authoritarian power structures, women's organizations attempted to create leaderless structures only to discover that leadership is a necessary factor in any group. We find that women have difficulty acknowledging the authority of other women as well as assuming authority themselves on the basis of their own skills or knowledge. In the FSW we focus on each woman's becoming her own authority. This may mean acquiring expertise in a certain field, developing the feeling of competence in general or becoming aware of the privileges and responsibilities of leadership. The support of women's competence by other women is a necessary condition before women can contribute meaningfully in the public arena today. The topics of authority, sexuality, money and work are not only
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