Feminism shouldn't be exclusive to scholars, advocates, researchers and policy wonks. Women's issues affect all of us, and this is an excellent way to introduce knowledge to the general public, who, if given the facts, might understand, care and perhaps be moved to action. Kudos to video director, Sam Taylor-Wood, Dame Judi Dench, and the ever appealing Daniel Craig for the direct approach, straight talk, and for using their star power to deliver a meaningful message to the masses.
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.
Submitted by Kate Meyer on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 4:15pm
By Kate Meyer*
"If you hide what you do, you must believe you can only do what you do through deception” said Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, in a press conference yesterday before passing a historic piece of legislation regulating the city’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs). Quinn threw her support behind Intro. 371, a bill sponsored by Jessica Lappin, which requires CPCs to be upfront with the services they provide to their clients.
In case you never learned or in case you need a refresher, Western States Center offers this video of Loretta Ross, cofounder and national coordinator of SisterSong, Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, explaining the origin of the phrase "women of color."
As Egypt enters the second week of protests against the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, women are speaking out about what the uprising means to them, and to neighboring Tunisia, Yemen and Jordan where change is also on the horizon. Whatever transpires in the weeks ahead, we hope that these nations and their people will foster a peaceful transition -- and that women leaders and NGOs will be part of the political solution and new governments. We’re posting here some of the women’s voices that we’ve heard in the past few days.
The Guardian: "Four decades on since woman began the campaign for equality, we asked seven modern-day activists to tell us why they believe the battle is still not won."
"Feminism as been a cultural force of epic proportions. As vision or as critique it has touched the lives of everyone. It has been the touchstone for modernity.
In the west, the women's movement has influenced all of our lives. It has transformed education, how we bring up our sons, acceptable sexual practice; it has enabled us to listen to children and be part of a trend in which personal experience as a testimony is appreciated for what it tells us about all of our lives.
Outside the west, as women have taken up education or earning money for themselves, social and sexual relations have been threatened. Sexual violence has increased, becoming an instrument of social control and terror. In the west, the right hails Sarah Palin as feminist heroine. The capacity of ideology to trim itself to the latest fashion can appear inexhaustible. But are we fooled? I think not. These magnificent interviews remind us of the need to ensure change for women (and men) around the world. And not only change, but the transformative nature of collective action."
“Sexualization of girls is nothing short of an epidemic,” said Hunter College President Jennifer Raab at the SPARK Summit this past Friday in NYC. SPARK stands for “Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge.” SPARK was convened to challenge the sexualization of girls, which has a detrimental impact on girls’ self-esteem, body image, mental health, and sense of self-efficacy. One of the most disturbing effects that Raab pointed out is that self-improvement has been defined as changing one’s body rather than expanding one’s mind. For examples of just how out-of-control the sexualization of girls has become (and also how folks are pushing back), check out this video the Women’s Media Center produced for the Summit: