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GIT NYC Entrepreneurship & Venture Series with Columbia Venture Community!

How often do you get to hear from active venture capitalists on how to become a venture capitalist?  And how often do you get to hear the inside scoop from women venture capitalists?  Not very often.  On November 10th, you can hear from a panel of four outstanding women who successfully broke into the club.  At this one-of-a-kind event brought to you by Girls in Tech NYC and Columbia Venture Community, Golden Seeds Fund General Partner, Peggy Wallace, will moderate a discussion among Melody Koh (Time Warner Investments), Christina Cacioppo (Union Square Ventures), and Sylvia Kuyel (Starvest Partners).  The panelists will discuss each of their unique career paths, give advice on finding a VC position, and share their individual investment theses and thoughts.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn from the movers and shakers of entrepreneurship and deal-making!  The event will be held at Samsung Experience, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor. Reception will start at 6:30pm, and program at 7pm.  Registration fee is $5, so sign up early before the event sells out.  For those of you who can’t be with us in NYC – please check back on the event page for a livestream link to the event graciously provided by Watchitoo!

According to the 2010 Silicon Alley 100 listings which rank 100 notable members of the New York Tech community, when broken down by gender, 87% of those listed were male or a team of men. Some say this skewed number is not so much about blatant sexism, but caused by the human inclination to seek out those who look like themselves. The answer to this may lie with first realizing this unconscious bias exists and weighing the important factors when considering whom to seek out.  As dramatic as these figures seem regarding women’s representation, the tech industry’s spirit is founded on progressive thought and innovation, unlike some other old boys club type industries.  GIT hopes to continue the discussion not only for the tech industry, but also to its extension in finance and venture capital with a live discussion on November 10th!

Men Can Stop Rape training in NYC and DC

Named by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region”

Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR)’s comprehensive “From Theory to Practice” Training has equipped thousands of professionals and activists in engaging men to prevent gender-based violence.Through interactive group exercises, role-playing, and multi-media presentations, “From Theory to Practice” prepares participants with the skills necessary to motivate men to take a more active role in challenging attitudes and behaviors that support rape and other forms of men’s violence against women.

We are adding an additional training to our “From Theory to Practice” lineup! In addition to our January 5-7 training in Washington, DC, we will be conducting a January 19-21 training in New York!

Training Dates and Locations:

Register for the “From Theory to Practice” Training in DC

January 5-7, 2011

Center for Education on Violence Against Women – Washington, DC

Deadline to register: Dec 3, 2010

Register for the “From Theory to Practice” Training in NYC

January 19-21, 2011

John Jay College of Criminal Justice – New York, NY

Deadline to register: Dec 10, 2010

This training is for:

Victim service providers :: Educators and youth-serving professionals :: College and university personnel :: Peer educators :: Law enforcement :: Military SARCs :: Students and activists

The training equips the participant with:

  • A theoretical framework and introduction to social change theory as it relates to preventing men’s violence against women
  • A comprehensive understanding of the Strength Campaign and its application
  • Valuable tactics for public speaking around these issues
  • Effective strategies for working with and engaging men and boys
  • Recognize the intersections between different types of oppressions (i.e. racism, classism, and heterosexism)
  • Thorough understanding of bystander intervention and how to facilitate MCSR’s “Gut Check” Bystander Intervention training

Upon completion of the training each participant will receive:

  • 50+ page training manual which includes presentation and facilitation guides
  • Access to a network of professionals in this field
  • Discounts for our public awareness materials, Strength Trainings, and Strength Workshops

Registration Cost

Registration is $500 which includes the full three-day training, breakfast each day, and MCSR’s training manual. Travel and lodging is not included. Our trainings only allow for 20-25 participants so register online now!
Unable to attend either training? Request that we come to you!

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POP & POLITICS With Farai Chideya

Join us for our third Pop and Politics radio special, a post-elections live panel at WNYC’s The Greene Space. This event promises to be a lively discussion about politics and where our country is headed, with a diverse group of guests. The show will also feature audience questions and thoughts. Hope to see you there–this is your chance to voice your opinion on a national radio show!

Please RSVP at We know this is in the middle of the morning on a school day, so if you can’t make it, kindly pass it onto all your smart, politically engaged friends!

All best,

Farai Chideya and the Pop & Politics team

Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon, at New York’s Documentary Festival

Witness to New York’s music scene of the 1960s and 70s, Lillian Roxon was a trail blazer of rock criticism while mingling with the likes of John and Yoko, the Velvet Underground and Janis Joplin.

“Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon” will be screened on Saturday November 6th, 2010 at 1:45 PM, at NYU’s Kimmel Center 4th Floor (Eisner Auditorium) and on Tuesday November 9th, 2010 at 3:30 PM, at IFC Center. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased via the DOC NYC website,

This is a U.S. Premiere of Paul Clarke’s film.

Feminist Web Comedy Vag Magazine Is Now Online

Vag Magazine is not your grandma’s feminist magazine, though we support her as a woman. Join founders Fennel, Sylvie, and Bethany, staffers Heavy Flo (a hero on the roller derby circuit), Reba (truly a legend of gonzo feminist pop culture journalism), and Meghan (the lone holdover from fashion magazine Gemma, which the Vag founders bought out with the proceeds from their Etsy shop), as well as enthusiastic intern Kit as they teach you how to be a better woman. In the second episode “Reject All American” (all episodes are named after seminal feminist albums), Bethany meets with menstrual cup company The Keeper about sponsoring the first issue of Vag, Kit learns the ropes, and Meghan tries to pitch a skirt story. New episodes will be posted each Monday.

Vag Magazine stars Kate McKinnon (Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show, Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers), Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Sarah Claspell, Veronica Osorio (Boves), Morgan Grace Jarrett (Big Fish, Love Liza), and Leslie Meisel (UCB’s Love Can Suck a Dick…And So Can I!). Shannon O’Neill (UCB’s Prison Freaks: A Talent Show) and Nicole Shabtai (Landline TV, UCB’s Citizen Rothstein) guest star.

Vag Magazine was created and written by Caitlin Tegart (The Pretty Good Sports Show, The Edge With Jake Sasseville) and Leila Cohan-Miccio (UCB’s This Is About Smith). The series is produced by Nicole Shabtai and directed by Zach Neumeyer.

Early praise for Vag Magazine:
“An excellent new web series…Get excited about this one.” – Adam Frucci,
“A new Web comedy series plays Etsy-loving, patriarchy-hating third-wavers for laughs — and it works! We feminists have a reputation for being humorless killjoys with an inability to laugh at ourselves. Let me state for the record, however, that I laughed — and hard — when I saw the previews for a new Web comedy series that pokes fun at third-wave feminist hipsters like myself.” – Tracy Clark-Flory,
“Vag Magazine made me think about feminism even as it parodies some aspects of it–and that makes it smart and funny.” – Kathleen Richter, Ms. Magazine
“The actresses seem written for their roles.” – Ricardo Bilton, New York Observer
“The events and people depicted in the series — coming from someone who has witnessed these firsthand — are at once completely absurd and entirely authentic.” – Alex Alvernaz, FishbowlNY/
“The series definitely delivers in the LOL department. Many of the plotlines and comedic tools are patently ridiculous, and they are endearing and authentic.” – Grace Chu,
“Love it.” – Jessica Wakeman,

Leila and Caitlin are available for interviews, as are members of the cast. For even more information, check out or follow us on Twitter at @VagMagazine.

The New York Abortion Access Fund and The Doula Project invite you to a benefit concert on election day!

After you cast your ballot, come join us to raise money for two
incredible organizations that help women in New York. Your proceeds
will go directly to help women who cannot afford their abortion
services and need financial and emotional support.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:00pm
Downstairs at The National Underground
$20 Cover at the Door

Musical Guests: Neckbeard Telecaster
With, The Art of Shooting and Youngman Grand

Musican brothers Joey & Gavin DeGraw opened The National Underground
to provide a home for New York City and the nation’s best independent
musicians to showcase their talents to an appreciative audience. The
National Underground has more live bands performing per week then any
club in New York City. Join us at this throwback NYC Rock/Americana/
Country venue in the tradition of the great NYC clubs like CBGB’s and
The Bottom Line.

Bring your friends, and rock out for a good cause!

If you can’t attend, please feel free to make a donation online at

Find out more about NYAAF here:
Find out more about The Doula Project here:

See you on Election Day!

Ticket to Ride – 5 Stars, Midwest Book Review – “Very Highly Recommended”

Ticket to Ride

by Philip Scott Wikel

“Adulthood wasn’t easy when everyone around you wanted you to destroy what adulthood was. “Ticket to Ride” is a novel telling the story of Morgan and Livy coming to adulthood during a time where revolutions of all types were coming ahead and so many messages were going around, no one knew who to follow or believe. “Ticket to Ride” is an exciting read with its own take on the 1960s and 1970s. – James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review, a prestigious reviewer of books connected to “Cengage Learning, Gale Interactive (published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems), as well as such book review databases as LexisNexis and Goliath.

Book Synopsis:
Ticket to Ride is a timeless tale of two writers coming-of-age. While it’s set in the late 70s Ticket to Ride is as universal in it’s message as Homer’s Odyssey. Enriched with allusions to literary and rock ‘n roll classics, readers of Ticket to Ride will see Morgan and Livy moving from being innocent 17-year-olds to becoming fully realized adults and, like America, anxiously redefining the ideas of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Author’s Blog:
Publisher: Julian Day Publishing

HollaBack!: Feminist Responses to Street Harassment

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall
Broadway at 117th Street
New York, NY

Created By Barnard Center for Research on Women

Panel Discussion featuring Shannon Lynberg, Emily May, Oraia Reid, and Chai Shenoy

Street harassment, or sexual harassment in public spaces, is an issue with which just about every woman has some experience. Activists from New York City and Washington, DC will discuss new, innovative ways to combat street harassment using technology, mapping, and community organizing. Through online activism, public policy and advocacy, and outre…ach, these activists have succeeded in giving people from many different communities a forum in which they can speak out against gender-based street harassment.

Shannon Lynberg is the co-founder of Holla Back DC! Shannon has worked with various organizations to improve the lives of women and girls. In November 2008, Shannon was featured as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders” in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Emily May is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder HollaBack!, a movement to end street harassment, and New Yorkers for Safe Transit, a coalition dedicated to safe transit for all. Emily also has a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and was recently selected as one of thirty “Women Making History” by the Women’s Media Center along with Rachel Maddow and Nancy Pelosi.

Oraia Reid is a social entrepreneur with over a decade of experience dedicated to empowering communities on behalf of LGBTQ communities, socio/political justice, women’s rights, with a focus on direct services to eradicate gender-based violence. She is the Executive Director of RightRides for Women’s Safety, an award-winning New York City nonprofit she founded in 2004, whose mission is to create safer communities by ending sexual harassment and assault through direct services, safety advocacy and community organizing.

Chai Shenoy is the co-founder of Holla Back DC!, an online, community-based organization whose aim is to educate and address public sexual harassment and assault. In addition to Holla Back DC!, Chai is Policy & Technical Assistance Attorney at Break the Cycle and oversees policy initiatives that relate to how schools address dating violence and sexual violence

Dark Truth – a poem by Cristina Dominguez

I’m sleeping with the light on tonight
because there is a possibility of vulnerability,
A chance that I might
be haunted by the moment in my memory
where you caught me
between baby and young lady,
where you persuaded
and invaded
my privacy and vibrancy

You made me
give up my innocence
so you would play with me;
Pretending to know adult affection
just to gain your attention,
in fact it was a mere reflection
of what they show on TV.
Tuned out,
you pretended not to see me
I pretended not to be me–
where was your protection?

Now I write up a storm
to collect the debris
left from the memories
I try to forget,
from the secret I kept
to not see you publicly scorned
as I privately mourned
the death of the little girl
I buried in the place where I hid,
from you
from view
from what we did…

You ignored
how sore
you made my spirit.
You’d deny
You’d never hear it.
You call
I fall for it every time
like a nursery rhyme
or a lullaby.
Only this time,
I’ve learned that
all the king’s horses
and all the king’s men
only put us back together again
to break us in the end

Only I never fall asleep
not weeping,
I’m never spared
or prepared
to re-live
the nightmare
I shared with

22 years too late
three months after I leave,
No apology to date
and No reprieve,
Always something more you need
but I’m no giving tree
fruitless, rootless, call me ruthless.
I have no reservations
in being dedicated to the preservation
of the little girl still alive,
the one I revived not long ago.
I’ve recovered
and uncovered
the ways
you subjected me to
disrespect, rejection, and neglect,
a little girl
should never know

Aware but
not where
I can forgive
without apology;
without making you
raise your eyes
to see me
to meet me
the woman matured
out of what she
should have never had
to endure.
To see uncensored
how your venture
into masculinity,
your innocent, unintentional,
blameless curiosity
staked a claim
shamed and maimed
the terrain,
of my girlhood

The pain comes and goes,
lessens and grows,
the scars and bruises
sometimes show.
But I’ve survived
the red glare
of that nightmare
that I’ve lived

I let go of the light
fighting my body’s attempt to take flight
open my eyes and give
wrap myself in
what I was forced to find within
in the heart, that shelters her still
in the will that overcomes

I submit to the sharpness
of living
of feeling
of seeing
the ugly
that needs to be seen,
the scenes that make me cry,
where there is no insight in hindsight,
where purity of pain never lies–
but lies beside me
where peace is the instant when
sleep has forgiven me
gets up from the living room
comes to bed
and finally,
comforts me

No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

In her new book, feminist icon Gloria Feldt gives women real strategies to change their thinking and reclaim their power:

No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

In No Excuses, Feldt asserts that today nobody is keeping women from parity—except themselves. Combining extensive research, her personal experience as former CEO and president of the Planned Parenthood Federation, and interviews with dozens of women politicians, business owners, and activists, Feldt concludes that the doors of opportunity are open; however at the rate women are leading the way through the doors, it will take 70 years to reach parity with their male counterparts.

Feldt gives women 9 Ways to overcome the external and internal barriers keeping them from their own power and leadership. No Excuses has nine chapters, each organized around a specific power tool that will help women change the way they think—and the way they act—so they can lead unlimited lives.

Starting on October 11, join Gloria Feldt for 9 Ways in 9 Weeks: a conversation about how you can apply the power tools in No Excuses to your own life. Feldt will share interviews with amazing and inspiring women as well as her thoughts and links to resources. Each week a different power tool will be posted, topics will be presented, and discussion will take place.

Gloria Feldt; photograph by Maryanne Russell

Please visit at to join the conversation. You can also visit Gloria Feldt’s fan page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on No Excuses and the 9 Ways.

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