I took the helm at The White House Project at an interesting moment for women. Last week’s report from the White House, which Kate Meyer mentioned in yesterday’s post, coupled with a political, economic and social environment that is best described as extremely volatile across the globe, demonstrates how, on this International Women’s Day 2011, we are presented with a unique opportunity.
Passionate Politics: The Life & Work of Charlotte Bunch
A New One-Hour Documentary by Tami Gold
This new film tells the story of Charlotte Bunch, from idealistic young civil rights organizer to lesbian activist, to internationally-recognized leaders of a campaign to put women's rights on the global human rights agenda. Charlotte has been both a product and creator of her times: every chapter in her life is a chapter in the story of the modern feminist activism, from its roots in the 1960s struggles for social justice to international campaigns against gender-based violence today.
Today women earn 57 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, 61 percent of the master’s degrees and, as of 2009, a majority of doctorates in the United States. It is inconceivable that this well-educated majority should be largely absent from the world’s most popular interactive encyclopedia project.
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and scholar. She has produced a number of documentaries focused on social themes, including the award-winning 2008 film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which discovered and shared with the world the little-known story of how a small band of women dared to break barriers of gender and politics in Liberia and end a century of entrenched civil war. The film inspired her to to form Peace is Loud (peaceisloud.org), an organization that supports female voices and international peace-building through nonviolent means. Her current project, “Women, War & Peace,” is in production for PBS Wide Angle by her production company, Fork Films.
Join us for a screening of this Sundance award-winning movie. It will be an evening of wine, snacks, thought-provoking cinema and lively discussion of sexuality, race, gentrification, teen pregnancy, religion and social justice.
When: Monday, February 7th, 6-9 p.m.
Where: International Action Center 55 W. 17 St., Suite 5C (exact room to be confirmed) Between 5th and 6th Avenues New York, New York
How Much: $10 suggested minimum donation
Proceeds are matched 1:1 by a generous donor of the Ms. Foundation for Women for the express purpose of supporting women of color-led reproductive justice organizations. Join us February 7th to share your thoughts!
As we process the tragic shooting in Arizona, read what members of the NCRW network are saying.
In a Women's Media Center exclusive, "Giffords Tragedy: What's the Message to Young Women?," Gloria Feldt writes:
The natural human tendency is to back away from public service after such a frightening episode. But the best way to honor the sacrifices of public servants like Gabrielle Giffords—as well as Judge John Roll who was killed in the attack and all the others—is to create a culture that lifts up and protects leaders who won’t be deterred by anti-government ranting.