Call for Ideas: Women, Action, & the Media’s WAM! It Yourself

From our partners at WAM!:

What could happen in your community when local media makers, activists, journalists, artists, academics, and more come together to fight for gender justice in the media? Discover what’s possible by participating in WAM! It Yourself from March 21 — April 1.

During WAM! It Yourself (WIY), folks across the continent come together to meet, plan, build, and organize for gender justice in the media. Think of it like a decentralized conference where the sessions that are relevant to your community take place in your own neighborhood. You’ll have that same after-conference buzz of motivation and inspiration that gets you fired up about the future — and the best part is that you can put it to use right away, because you’re home.

We need you to help us make 2016 the biggest WAM! It Yourself yet! Nobody knows your community better than you do, so we’re standing by to help you bring your ideas for a WIY event to life. Movie screenings, workshops, panel discussions, salary negotiation trainings, pitch sessions, open-mics, book clubs, poetry readings, and happy hours are just a few of the events we’ve held in the past, but the sky’s the limit!

Can you give 3 hours of your time to bring WAM! It Yourself to your community? Click here to let us know you’re interested.

Rest assured that you’ll have support from the team at WAM!Central. We are nothing without our rockstar local leaders that make our grassroots dreams possible! Still got questions? Send us an email at

Feminist Campus’ National Young Feminist Leadership Conference

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Sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation, the 2016 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will provide young activists with the opportunity to network, grow their knowledge on pertinent domestic and global feminist issues, and fine-tune their organizing methodology. Join young feminist activists from around the nation as we discuss issues including (but definitely not limited to) reproductive justice, eco-feminism, intersectionality and identity-based activism, campus organizing tactics and methods, violence against women, ballot measures and political organizing, social media and web-based activism, and global women’s rights and health. Registration

Individuals can now register for $37.50, and groups of 5 or more can register altogether or pay separately for $30 per person. For more information on how to register in groups, email

Registration of all kinds will end at 6 PM on February 29th. Folks can register on-site but are not guaranteed to receive all conference materials.

If you’re interested in being part of our Exhibition Fair, sponsoring the NYFLC, or advertising with us, email!

Scholar & Feminist Conference at Barnard College

The Scholar & Feminist XL: Action on Education
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Barnard was founded 125 years ago with the feminist mission of providing education to those who were excluded from major avenues of education. In honor of this legacy and the 40th anniversary of BCRW’s signature Scholar & Feminist Conference, this year’s conference builds a feminist framework for understanding the institutional, social, and pedagogical facets of teaching, learning, and schooling. Scholars, activists, educators, and artists explore the K-12 landscape and investigate who can attain post-secondary education, under what circumstances, and at what cost. They discuss diverse feminist approaches to such topics as the Common Core standards, educational alternatives, the school-to-prison pipeline, adjunct labor, sexual violence on campus, and continuing racial and economic segregation within educational spaces. Speakers include Nuala Cabral, Natalia Cecire, Kandice Chu, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Rod Ferguson, Che Gossett, Ileana Jiménez, Liz Losh, Jen Nash, and many more!
Schedule & Information

One Billion Rising 2016: The Revolution Escalates

One Billion Rising 2016: The Revolution Escalates:
Focus on Most Marginalized Women & Girls To Bring About Deep Structural Change

Activists Globally Call For System Change And Revolution Through Art; Rising for Workers, Refugees, Indigenous Peoples and Migrant Workers, and Rising to End to Sex Trafficking, Sexual Slavery and Exploitation, & All Forms of Violence Against Women & Girls

Eve Ensler & Monique Wilson Tour Bangladesh, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Mexico, & UK

For the fourth year, globally One Billion Rising activists are planning their rising events, artistic uprisings, panel discussions, press conference, town halls, movies, articles, gatherings, poetry, art, posters, actions, and protests to take place on and about Feb 14th.  With the theme – ONE BILLION RISING: Rise for REVOLUTION 2016, this year’s campaign will escalate the collective actions of activists worldwide, and amplify their call for systemic changes towards ending violence against women and girls once and for all.

Rising events will continue to focus on highlighting and creating bold artistic initiatives that reflect the actions taking place in communities.  The theme Rise for Revolution allows creative and artistic expressions, multi-sectoral involvement, and provides a unique space to engage people from all walks of life. It allows the use of imagination, art and political actions – and allows everyone the freedom to localise their campaigns. REVOLUTION can bring everyone from the personal to the political – from the “I” to the “We”. It harnesses collective energy because it is hopeful and envisions possibilities and a future.
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Contact: Susan Celia Swan/Colleen Carroll,; 917-865-6603 (c)

The Women’s Therapy Centre Inst.- Post Grad Clinical Training Program Open House

Two Year Post Graduate Clinical Training Program
         The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute is known for its pioneering work on women’s relationship to food, feeding, and their bodies. Since the publication of Susie Orbach’s Fat Is A Feminist Issue (1978), the faculty of The WTCI has further developed a theory and practice explicated in Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model (1994), a widely used text for psychotherapists.
         The WTCI’s intensive Two Year Training Program understands eating and body image problems as the way people speak about what is dissociated and unspeakable. We see these symptoms as an expression of the confluence of self, interpersonal, and cultural experience. The prejudices of our culture regarding race, class, gender, and sexual identities are contained in the contemporary idealized body: racialized Euro-American, ultra-thin, hard, toned, young, heterosexual, hypersexual, and affluent. We analyze why and how women internalize this Ideal.
Sunday, April 10
For time and location RSVP


We’re currently developing upcoming programming & new projects.  If you’d like to partner/cross-market or submit ideas for events including but not limited to screenings, discussions, concerts, and parties- email Meredith Villano, Founder/Director.

See what we’ve created since 2007- pics and the event list featuring leaders in feminist thought, that range from artists and academics to filmmakers and policy activists.  Join us on Facebook, Twitter @PShiftNYC, and Meetup.

We’re a non-profit organization and 100% community funded.  Your contribution will help us provide the most innovative, thought-provoking, diverse, and empowering events possible.  Your donation of any size will directly fund the cost of event programming, and would be very much appreciated!

We have and will continue to inspire each other…onward.

Paradigm Shift Presents “YOUNG LAKOTA” Award-winning Documentary Screening with Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt- Filmmakers, Shelby Knox- & Rebecca Nagle, Monument Quilt

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Subway: N,R,Q to 49th St. or B,D,F,M to Rockefeller Center

Join us afterwards at Quinn’s, 356 W. 44th St., NYC, with all of the speakers & Mary Kathryn Nagle, Playwright of Sliver of a Full Moon

$12 online, $15 at door
Tickets- Limited Seating / Buy Online!

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City Headshots, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Author & Clare Coss, Playwright, Electrified CollectiveFORCE, The Feminist PressIncite PicturesThe Monument Quilt, WAM!

PARTNERS: Bella Abzug Leadership InstituteHollaback!, International Women Artists’ Salon, Jesse Epstein- FilmmakerMan Question, Manhattan Young Democrats, New York Women In Film and Television, NOW Young Feminists and Allies, Riseup/ NYC Protest Database, See Jane Do, Soapbox Inc., The Women’s Mosaic, Vision Maker MediaWAM!NYC, Women and Hollywood, Women In Media & News, Women Make Movies, Women’s Media Center

Join as a supporting organization or co-sponsor!

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Young Lakota follows the journey of Sunny Clifford, a young Oglala Lakota woman who returns to the Pine Ridge Reservation with a dream to change the world around her. Her political awakening begins when the tribe’s first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder, defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the reservation. Embroiled in a controversial political season that hinges on reproductive rights and tribal sovereignty, Sunny, her twin sister Serena, and their neighbor Brandon are drawn into a political firestorm that changes the course of their lives.


Producers/Directors:  Partners in Incite Pictures and Cine Qua Non (a not for profit), Marion & Rose produce and direct feature documentaries that entertain, educate and explore critical contemporary issues. Titles include “The Education of Shelby Knox”, “Live Free or Die”, “Fatherhood USA”, “The Abortion Pill” and “Code Blue: New Orleans.”

Their work has been called “unique and memorable,” “pure gold,” and “balanced and truthful,” by the Milwaukee Journal, Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times, respectively. The Washington Post wrote, “their fly-on-the-wall approach fulfills one of the glorious promises of documentary – to put us in the middle of situations we otherwise might never be in.”

Young Lakota is the latest in a series of films that use the dramatic stories of individual women to explore the fraught terrain of reproductive justice. “The Education of Shelby Knox”, their prior project, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, and opened that year’s POV series. The POV series also showcased “Live Free or Die” in 2000 as a November election special.

Marion and Rose’s work has been broadcast on the CBC’s Passionate Eye in Canada, on PBS’s Point of View, Independent Lens, and many other strands around the world. Their films have won Best Cinematography at The Sundance Film Festival, The Audience Award at SXSW, The Emerging Picture Award at Full Frame, and The Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Personal recognition includes The Full Frame Women in Leadership Award, The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, and a nomination for the British Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award. Though their topics have been specific to the United States, they have durable international appeal, showing in hundreds of festivals, including The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Hot Docs, The Stockholm International Film Festival, The Seoul International Film Festival and The Festival de Rio de Janeiro.

SHELBY KNOXSenior Campaigner at & Feminist Revolutionary

As a teenager, Shelby Knox was organizing her Southern Baptist community to fight for comprehensive sex education and gay rights. She became nationally known with the release of the Sundance award-winning film, “The Education of Shelby Knox”, a documentary which chronicled her activism. She’s now a Senior Campaigner at, where she works on international gender justice campaigns. @ShelbyKnox

REBECCA NAGLE, Co-Founder, The Monument Quilt & FORCE

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an artist/activist effort to change the conversation about rape by mobilizing social media and producing public art events. Force is most widely known for their prank of Victoria’s Secret, pretending the lingerie giant released a line of consent themed slogans on underwear. The spoof created a viral conversation about consent online, and was covered in the New York Times’ annual college edition along with countless other blogs and news outlets.

Force’s most recent project is The Monument Quilt, a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Survivors are writing and stitching their stories onto red squares of fabric, creating and demanding public space to heal. The quilt is creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed.

300 quilts were displayed in 13 US cities in August 2014 (read more on CNN and MSNBC), and we will continue to display the quilt via quilt-making workshops, in public displays across the country, until a final, historic display in Washington DC. Blanketing the National Mall, 6,000 fabric squares will ultimately be stitched together to spell “Not Alone.”

MARY KATHRYN NAGLE, Playwright, Sliver of a Full Moon

Sliver of a Full Moon is a portrayal of resistance and celebration. It is the story of a movement that restored the authority of Indian tribes over non-Indian abusers to protect women on tribal lands.

Getting out of the Groove: The Feminist Art Project at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY

As part of this year’s College Art Association conference in New York, the Museum of Arts and Design hosted the Feminist Art Project (Rutgers University) on February 14 for a series of panels entitled Collective Creativity: Collaboration and Collectives in Feminist Art Practice.


The event helped me get out of a funk I’d been in since I read Ashton Cooper’s “The Problem of the Overlooked Female Artist: An Argument for Enlivening a Stale Model of Discussion” the previous month. He critiques the art world—namely the publishing industry and the gallery system—for perpetuating the safe, tired, and harmful notion of the female artist who is “‘overlooked,’ ‘forgotten,’ and/or ‘rediscovered’” (¶2). I grappled with advice like his encouragement to consider a woman’s productivity in “the period where she was toiling away in obscurity” (¶26) because that would necessarily mean labeling her as obscure. Every time I risked reinforcing these tropes in the modern art class I teach, I felt like a deer in headlights. Although I touch on systemic art world biases in lectures, these tangents can’t take over the class, and to make these tangents, I need to be able to address the problem before addressing the source of the problem.


Cooper’s overall advice was echoed by one of the panelists, but in a way that felt more like a challenge than a reprimand, which helped me to reconcile this situation. In one of my personal highlights from the TFAP panels, poet Dawn Lundy Martin opted to share her presentation in an unconventional format, by playing a recording from her phone into the microphone of her ruminations while commuting on the Long Island Expressway. In this “elliptical utterance,” which she described as being “like standing alongside myself,” she asked, “How do you tell stories that need to be told that don’t deepen the groove of the already told?” One of her closing thoughts, after putting her phone aside and confirming that she was “no longer split,” was, “The desire for narrative is a false narrative.” Admittedly, I want to provide a neat and tidy story that is easy for students to digest, contemplate, remember, and challenge. Maybe, though, I should take the advice of panelist Sheila Pepe, an artist who observed (in reference to communities of otherness) that chaos and messiness are “very tolerable.”


There are many ways of expressing “resistance to a singularity,” as Lundy put it: counternarrative (A.L. Steiner, Ridykelous), monologue versus polylogue (Dr. Maura Reilly, University of Sydney), and monologue versus dialogue (Sydette Harry, Body Ecology Performance Ensemble) come to mind. Tactics range from avoiding censorship (as in the reader surveys for M/E/A/N/I/N/G, published from 1986 to 1996) to collaborating. Musician Salome Chasnoff describes collaboration as the “purposeful projection of the self into the other” and an “attempt to absorb each other…we’re trying to merge and it’s impossible.” There’s possibility in the impossible.


Jorge Daniel Veneciano, (El Museo del Barrio) believes that feminism “is not even an optional concept” and Lauren Denitzio notes, “It’s not enough to merely call oneself a feminist.” But what, asked artist Kara Rooney, does it mean to be a 4th Wave feminist (or a progressive 2nd or 3rd Wave feminist, as the case may be)? If feminism is a “critique of power,” as defined by both Mira Schor (Parsons, The New School) and artist A.K. Burns, then it must consider multiple power dynamics. Based on the discussions throughout the day, being a feminist in the arts means embracing a pluralistic definition of feminism that accounts for cultural producers in diverse places, of multiple races and cultural backgrounds, of all genders, and with various sexual orientations. This definition lacks the panache of Martin’s poetry, hardly rolling off the tongue, but maybe that’s a sign of getting out of the groove.









Paradigm Shift NYC Presents “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power” with Gloria Feldt, Feminist Icon

3:19 No Excuses with Gloria Feldt, Paradigm Shift NYC Presents

Subway: N,R,Q to 49th St. or B,D,F,M to Rockefeller Center

Join us afterwards at O’Brien’s, 134 W. 46th St., 2nd Fl.
$12 online, $15 at door – Limited Seating / Buy Online!
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City HeadshotsTake The LeadThe Feminist PressThe Women’s Mosaic, WAM! Women, Action, & The Media

PARTNERS: Abiola Abrams- Author & Speaker, Bluestockings, Circle of 6, Electrified CollectiveFCW SocietyKelly Hoey- Strategist & SpeakerHollaback!, In Good CompanyIncite PicturesJamie Lee- Senior Director Operations at TreSensa & Speaker, Jennifer Silva CoachingMan Question, Riseup/NYC Protest Calendar, See Jane DoSoapbox Inc., Trixie Films, Adaora Udoji- CEO of outLoud Inc.WAM!NYCWillie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Women’s Therapy Centre Institute

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Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead, the new women’s leadership movement to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The bestselling author of “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power,” Gloria is an acclaimed expert on women, power and authentic leadership, and an inspiring keynote speaker, who motivates with heart and humor as a practical activist gives practical “Power Tools” for life and leadership.

People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Gloria’s expertise in women, power and leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the front lines. Her journey from teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author and visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women. Named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century, among other honors. A world changer who helped pave the way for women today, she believes this is women’s moment to achieve parity. Her passion is to remove the last remaining obstacle: women’s learned resistance to embracing their own power.

Author of four books, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Both a newsmaker and a commentator, Gloria has been widely quoted and published in media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Huffington Post, and magazines including More, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared extensively on television, including CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. Follow her on twitter @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Kristina Leonardi is a motivational speaker, career/life coach and author who helps men and women make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large. She has presented to organizations such as Saatchi and Saatchi, UBS, HR Association of NY, American Women’s Business Association, and New York’s Science, Industry & Business Library.

Kristina offers individual and group coaching privately, as well as in affiliation with New York Women in Communications, and is the founder of The Women’s Mosaic (TWM), a nonprofit organization that has produced over 100 events over 10 years for more than 5000 women to connect to themselves each other and the world around them. Kristina has taught extensively for NYU’s Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Center for Career and Life Planning for over 15 years. She was listed as one of Hispanic Magazines Top Latinas of 2004, received Tango Diva’s 2007 Diva Visionary Award, honored by the WNBA’s NY Liberty as part of their 2009 Inspiring Women Night, and has been featured in, Inc. Magazine, Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. She is the author of Personal Growth Gab (PGG), Volume One: Thought-provoking, inspirational and entertaining essays to keep you connected with yourself and make sense of this journey called Life (available on Amazon).  Follow her on Twitter @clearlykristina and on Facebook at Personal Growth Gab.


Arpita (Arpi) Mazumdar is currently a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she is the Business Manager in Global Securities Division Management and Strategy, Office of the COO. Ms. Mazumdar comes with over 14 years of experience solely in the financial services sector and has held a variety of roles within Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. She received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Albany- SUNY, is a 2014 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow and Executive member, as well as a VIP member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Ms. Mazumdar is very engaged in Women’s rights and is currently a sponsor for “Women for Women International” – a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides practical and moral support to women survivors of war. More recently, she joined the Board of Directors at “ A Global Friendship”, an international nonprofit that focuses on poverty alleviation where she looks forward to continue being an agent of change and providing opportunity to women on a global level.


Kara Rota is Director of Editorial & Partnerships at, a Macmillan portfolio company and recipe site whose mission is to digitally organize cookbooks and recipes of all types and make them easily accessible. She is the host of the Clever Cookstr podcast on Quick & Dirty Tips network. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She is a former board member of Girls in Tech NYC and Angel Alliance member of the Lower East Side Girls Club, and has supported STEM education for girls as a judge for Technovation International.

Athena Film Fest! Today-2/8…Free Tix Available for friends of Paradigm Shift

Athena Film Festival 2/5- 2/8/15- Featuring World Premiers & Film Icons

Now in its fifth year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.  The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.

The festival will be held Feb. 5 – 8, 2015 in the heart of New York — at Barnard, the most sought-after women’s college in the nation.  The Founding Sponsor of the Festival is Artemis Rising Foundation, Regina K. Scully, CEO and Founder.

Program, tickets, and recent announcements:
The Athena Film Festival is offering a select amount of free tickets to friends of Paradigm Shift to see the world premiere of Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up on Saturday! If you’d like to attend the screening, please email with the subject line “Paradigm Shift ticket giveaway” and the number of tickets (max. 2) you are requesting. The offer is first-come-first-served pending availability, so get your email in now! You can see the full program of films and events at their website.

Rosie O’Donnell will be in attendance
Featuring Rosie O’Donnell in a hybrid form of standup comedy, inspired by her recent near-fatal heart attack. In a comic and touching performance, she shares her experience with heart disease, the leading cause of death among American women, and explores topics ranging from the challenges of raising five children to her obsession with Barbara Streisand. O’Donnell’s return to the stage is an honest, hilarious and intimate take on life.
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