Friday, October 17, 2014

Women's eNews: Why I'm Not Buying Beyoncé's Brand of Feminism

The following post from another woman-of-color explains my problems with the brands of feminism celebrities like Beyoncé and Miley Cirus promote.

Jimmy Carter Publicly Supports Sex-Trade Survivor Summit in New York City

President Jimmy Carter has just endorsed this incredible sex-trade survivor-founded, survivor-led organization!  Please kindly share the press release:

A press conference will be held October 17th at 11 AM in the Clarke Room of The Strand Hotel, 33 West 37th Street, where SPACE members will be available to answer questions. For more information, please visit, follow @SPACEintl, or contact

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Easy and inexpensive Feminist Halloween costumes

If you are as sick of sexy-fill-in-the-blank costumes for women as me, you probably heard of Take Back Halloween.The website is a “costume guide for women with imagination.” I love their efforts. However, being a busy New Yorker who works to support my feminism habit, I want something easy and inexpensive. Some of my suggestions are below.

1.     Virginia Woolf: Last year, I used black eyeliner for wolf makeup and wore the cutout of the map of Virginia around my neck.
2.     bell hooks: Last year, my hubby wore bells around his neck with hooks and carried a copy of "Feminism is for everybody."
3.     Malala Yousafzai: Ok, this one and below are easy and inexpensive if you are like me or over 1 billion people in the world who own desi outfits. Just wear a salwar kameez with a chador and hold a book or one of Malala’s quotes. I like, “"I want every girl, every child, to be educated."
4.     Begum Roquia Sakhawat Hussain: Bangladeshi and Muslim feminist who was one of the first female writers of science fiction, who predicted solar power in 1905. Just wear a sari and carry a copy of Sultana's Dream.

Please add yours.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What's Your Feminist Tree? Giving thanks to your feminist roots and spreading your feminist branches: #myfem2tree Tweetchat Thu, Oct 16, 1pm EST

Who inspired your feminism? Was it your grandmother who awakened you to the inequalities women and girls face? Was it your mom who led by example? Perhaps a teacher who grew into a mentor? Maybe it was the work of an author you never met, like Bell Hooks’s Feminism is for everyone. Maybe it was more recent, like the speech from Emma Watsonwho urged both women and men to reclaim the other f-word and take on the battle for gender equality. 

Give her - or him, or them, or it - some proper thanks during our #myfem2tree tweetchat on Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1pm EST – 2pm EST. We want to know where your feminist roots began: whether from a person, book, or organization. And we also want to know how you plan to spread your branches through the feminist activism you are engaging in or hope to engage in.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Veronica Guzman (WAM Ventures) - Moderating Entrepreneurship event in Bronx, NY (10/16/14)

Join and support women entrepreneurs.    

Host: Natasha Green, Founder of Hidden Gems Women, graduate of General Assembly's Web Development Immersion Program

Where: Bronx Business Incubator
890 Garrison Avenue
Hunts Point, NY 10474

Kick-off event: 10/16/14 (Thursday)
6pm - 9pm

Panel Speakers:

Sarah Kunst, a partner at Fortis Partners and the recipient of the Marie Claire Young Gun - Top Women Under 35 and Investor Board Member of Venture for America

Chelsea Rao, connector and development strategists within the New York State and City organizations, Vice President, Digital & New Media Development
Empire State Development Corporation

Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster

Monday, September 29, 2014

FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL Sept 26-Oct 24 Five Fridays in the Fall

Joy of Resistance is thrilled to announce that we will be presenting the FIRST EVER Feminist Film Festival at WBAI! It will take place on five consecutive Fridays this Fall, starting on September 26 and running through October 24 (Sept. 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Help Save Crime Victims Treatment Center for survivors of domestic & sexual violence #saveCVTC

At the end of July, CVTC was notified that beginning October 1, 2014, we will lose 46% of funding from our primary public funder.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sat, Nov 8th: NOW-NYS Annual Convention

Equality, Power, Justice!
Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, 1st floor, Community Room, Brooklyn
 (Steps to Borough Hall station for #2, #3, #4, #5 trains; Jay Street station for A, C, F, N trains; and Court Street for R train)
Saturday, November 8, 2014
10am -12pm-1pm- 3pm
Registration and Credentialing
Note: Closed during luncheon
10 - 10:30am
Opening Plenary Session I
Call to Order
Adoption of the Agenda
Adoption of the Convention Rules
Adoption of the Election Rules
Welcome to Brooklyn
10:30am - Noon
Plenary II
Moderator Donya Nasser NOW-NYS Young Feminist Task Force
Non-Elected Women With Political Power
Brette L. McSweeney.Eleanor's Legacy Committee
New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray invited Guest
Zephyr Teachout Law Professor/former NYS Gubernatorial Candidate
12:00 - 1:00pm
President's Presentation
1:15 - 2:15pm
Plenary III
Moderator Rachelle Suisa President NOW-Bkln/Queens
Kelly Baden, Center for Reproductive Rights
Annie Tummino, National Women's Liberation Movement
Sunsara Taylor, Stop Patriarchy
2:30 - 3:00pm
Candidate Speeches
3:00 - 3:30pm
Closing Plenary
Election Results
Vote for 2015 Convention Location
Council meeting (this Council meeting is brief and held strictly to elect a new Chair of the NOW-NYS Council - see Bylaws) & to set council meetings for 2015

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sat, Oct 18: Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) listening forum

Are you a student passionate about improving the way colleges and universities prevent and respond to sexual violence, or are you interested in learning more about the issue? Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is a national non-profit that supports and empowers students to reform their schools' sexual assault policies. We would like to hear your thoughts on the current anti-campus sexual assault movement, the culture surrounding this issue on your campus, as well as what resources and support you would need the most to effect change on your campus.

SAFER is hosting a series of listening forums throughout the country thanks to a grant from the Avon Foundation, one of which will occur at the Planned Parenthood NYC offices in SoHo onSaturday October 18th. We will facilitate a forum for students citywide to share their thoughts. We will be documenting our findings in a qualitative research report that will inform changes we make to our student activist trainings and programs next year, which will help us provide the best possible support and resources for students nationwide. Lunch and snacks will be provided to all participants.

If you're interested or want more information, please email SAFER board member Marybeth Seitz-Brown at

THIS SUNDAY in NYC: People's Climate March - NEW MEET-UP LOCATION!

Hope you can join me and friends below. I will be marching with NOW rounds and hope to see many Hunter College folks.

Friday, September 5, 2014

PBS Documentary on Muslim woman who valiantly fought the Nazis

I am so glad PBS is focusing on this story, especially with the increased tension in the Middle East. Noor Inayat Khan was remarkable, not only because she was another Muslim protecting Jews from Nazis. Reading her story, there is a common theme of Allied lives being lost because men in power failed to take female fighters seriously.