11Jul

Peace, Feminist Policy and Creating Change

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Last week I was invited to a very important event about so many topics I care about rolled into one: feminism, prostitution, pop culture, exploitation and a feminist foreign policy (sounds dreamy, yes?). Yes, all of this being talked about with some of the top feminist experts in these fields. I was thrilled and honored to be invited by We are Women Online and Donor Direct Action, a non-profit n strengthens women’s rights organizations around the world by increasing access to funds, advocacy, and visibility. I won't go into detail why,  but the event Read More

15Mar

Will I “Lean In”?

I have to admit that I've been mystified by all the criticism of Sheryl Sandberg new "Lean In" movement. Here we have a female who's making every attempt to help women rise up and succeed and there is a large group of women (and men) criticizing her for what she's trying to do.  And why is that? She wants every little girl who people perceive as bossy to know they have leadership skills and potential. I certainly want my daughter to grow up feeling that way. I've been sitting on the sidelines watching the debate unfold online about her because she is Read More

17Jan

Rise to Demand an End to the Violence Against Women

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I'm a HUGE fan of Eve Ensler.  From the Vagina Monologues to Extraordinary Measures to Emotional Creature, I have sat proudly in the audience at her plays time and time again.  She speaks for ALL women, and her scripts are from her heart.  She tries to help women and girls rise up, and I have always known this about her. Just over a decade ago, I went to Madison Square Garden for V-Day, a show filled with all the women I emulate and admire with the goal of ending violence against women and girls. Now she is taking her efforts further, which is hard to Read More

24May

My Thoughts on Miss Representation: Be the Change

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When I first heard about the film Miss Representation, I knew it would be right up my alley, but for some reason it sat on my DVR for a few months after appearing on OWN.  It wasn't that I didn't want to watch it, it was that I could not find the time to watch it (story of my life).  So, when I heard about an event in the city featuring both a showing and a talk back with Catherine Connors as moderator, I found myself immediately booking a ticket online with fervent anticipation of the evening.  Both a feminist and a pop culture junkie, I knew this was a Read More

16Aug

Why Gloria Steinem Makes me Proud

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Last night I watched “Gloria: In Her Own Words” on HBO, an engrossing documentary about the woman who helped spearhead the women’s movement of the late ’60s and ’70s, the one and only Gloria Steinem.  It was informative and inspiring, about a woman born at a time when women had limited rights and Steinem's upward battle to improve her every women's lives.  She believed that talking wasn't enough and that women had to take the streets to demand change. And indeed she did. Early on in the hour-long portrait, we learned that she never wanted to cover Read More