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SEX. CONSENT. POWER. PLEASURE. Film, Conversation, & Community

Paradigm Shift: NYC’s Feminist Community & SAFER Proudly Present

THE LINE, documentary screening
Panel discussion featuring:


ERIN BURROWS, Students Active For Ending Rape

JOSEPH SAMALIN, Men Can Stop Rape, Campus Strength Coordinator

IGNACIO RIVERA, Sex educator, Organizer & Performance Artist


Endorsed by WBAI-FM 99.5

Join our special honored guests including former Paradigm Shift event
speakers, feminist authors, activists, and thought leaders

Support by Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership,, Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition, Identity House, NOW NYS YFTF, Amy Mitten Photography, TimeOut NY, WBAI-FM 99.5

Attendees are welcome to discuss & document their thoughts on consent
for the “Where is Your Line?” campaign

When: TUES, DEC. 1st
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
Gallery Bar
120 Orchard Street, between Delancey St. and Rivington St.
Subway: Delancey-Essex Sts (F, J, M, Z), Grand St (B, D), 2nd
Ave-Houston St (F, V)

Cost: $7 if you RSVP before Dec. 1st, 12:00 noon / Students FREE / $10
at door
RSVP (include full name and guests):


Calling all progressives! Promote this event and we’ll help
promote your organization!

THE LINE Synopsis:
A one night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. As the filmmaker
unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker. Told
through a “sex-positive” lens, THE LINE is a 24 minute
documentary about a young woman – the filmmaker- who is raped,
but her story isn’t cut and dry. Not a “perfect
victim,” the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the
conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and
activists discuss justice, accountability and today’s
“rape culture.” The film asks the question: where is the
line defining consent? THE LINE was completed in July 2009.


Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker, writer and activist working for over
thirteen years to create community solutions to combat sexual violence
and promote public debate. THE LINE is a personal documentary that
explores consent from a sex-positive point of view. With an emphasis
on interactivity and dialogue, she launched the accompanying
“where is your line?” campaign. Prior to THE LINE, she
produced the award-winning short film OCEAN AVENUE.

Nancy is the founder of an online initiative noted
by The New York Times, Gawker, The Village Voice and The Daily News to
engage community organizations and businesses to create safer routes
for pedestrians, especially women. From 2002- 2005 she was a founding
editor and Creative Director of HEEB Magazine. For six years Nancy was
the Program Officer at the Fund for Jewish Documentary Film. She has
curated short film festivals at the Pioneer Theater, Berlin, London
and Tel Aviv. Her essays have been featured in The Independent, HEEB,
Sh’ma and Plenty Magazine.

Nancy lectures extensively on college campuses on the topic of consent
and healthy sexual boundaries. She is a graduate of Columbia
University with a degree in Art History and Film. She has lived in
Paris and Jerusalem, and currently resides in Brooklyn. She recently
married Isaac Mathes, her cameraman.


Erin Burrows, M.A., completed her Fifth Year MA in Women’s
History at Sarah Lawrence in 2009. She was a leader in the successful
campaign at Sarah Lawrence College to rewrite the Sexual Harassment
and Sexual Assault Policy and improve sexual assault services on
campus. Erin was heavily involved with feminist and queer organizing
on campus, leading to numerous changes in programming and policy
including mandatory anti-oppression training for student senators.
Erin was awarded the Senior Appreciation Award for recognition of her
undergraduate leadership in 2008. She has been working for SAFER since
August, 2008 and joined the board in May, 2009. She currently works as
a Community Educator in the Domestic Violence Education and Prevention
Program at My Sisters’ Place, based in Yonkers, NY.

Prior to joining Men Can Stop Rape as Campus Strength Coordinator,
Joseph was co-president of Columbia University’s men’s group, Columbia
Men Against Violence. He has been working on rape prevention and
anti-violence work with young men in New York and other areas for 15

Ignacio Rivera is a Queer, gender fluid, Trans- Entity, Black Boricua
performance artist, currently performing skits, spoken word,
one-person shows and story-telling internationally. Ignacio is a
lecturer/trainer, activist, new filmmaker and self-proclaimed sex
educator. As a lecturer/ trainer, Ignacio has spoken at home and
abroad on such topics of racism, sexism, homo/transphobia, transgender
issues, sexual liberation, anti-oppression, anti-violence, multi-issue
organizing and more. Ignacio currently consultants with various
organizations in New York City conducting professional development
trainings for NYC high school staff.

Started by Columbia University students in 2000, Students Active for
Ending Rape (SAFER) is the only organization that fights sexual
violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to
reform college sexual assault policies. An all-volunteer collective,
SAFER facilitates student organizing through a comprehensive training
manual; in-person workshops and trainings; free follow-up mentoring;
our Campus Sexual Assault Policies Database; and a growing online
resource library and network for student organizers. SAFER firmly
believes that sexual violence is both influenced by and contributes to
multiple forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, and
homo/transphobia, and view our anti-sexual violence work through a
broader anti-oppression lens.


Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership

Identity House

Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition

NOW NYS Young Feminist Task Force

Amy Mitten Photography

PROGRESSIVE SINGLE MINGLE: A cocktail party for the left-leaning

Paradigm Shift:  NYC’s Feminist Community Proudly Presents:


A cocktail party for the left-leaning

Supported by the Planned Parenthood of New York City Activist Council, NARAL Pro-Choice NY, NOW NYS Young Feminist Task Force, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership

Find a lover, mate, date, partner, soul mate, friend, fling….or all of the above!

Singles of all orientations and committed friends welcome!
Hang with special honored guests and past event speakers!

Color coded name tags can identify your orientation & relationship status

Win a Free Paradigm Shift event admission for a year & Raffle prizes from:

Rubin Museum:
Jivamukti yoga school:
Brooklyn Museum:
Tastee Vegan:

Music provided by Katie Camosy of TRASHBAT

When: Thursday, NOV. 19th
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave) Directions

Cost: $7 if you RSVP before 12:00 pm 11/19, $10 at door

Buy DISCOUNT Tickets:

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Promote this event and we’ll promote your organization!

Planned Parenthood of New York City Activist Council

NARAL Pro-Choice NY

NOW NYS Young Feminist Task Force

The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership


National Equality March in DC


MARCH WITH PARADIGM SHIFT, part of NYC National Equality March Mobilization Coalition


October 11, Sunday- Timeline

5:30 am– Meet Paradigm Shifters at bus departure location

Location: 16 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Ave), NYC

Chelsea/West Village Bus with New York City Council speaker, Christine Quinn!

6:00 am– BUS Depart (TIME UPDATE- bus organizers changed the bus departure time 10/6!)

10:30 am– BUS ARRIVE in DC- Union Station- take the Red Line in direction of Shady Grove, get out at the Farragut North stop (7 min ride), exit at the Connecticut and K St exit, walk 1/2 block south on Connecticut, Connecticut merges onto 17th St, walk 1 block south on 17th, turn left on I (eye) st.- walk 2 blocks to march start point on 15th and I (eye) st.

11:45 am or before– if you are meeting us in DC- meet at 15th St. at I (Eye) St. and call 201-394-8173 to find us.

12:00 pm– MARCH STARTS-

Gather on 15th Street at “I” (Eye) Street – we will be staging in the street and 15th between “I” Street and “M” Street will be closed for this purpose. The March will kick off from 15th and I Street, right near McPherson Square (Metro stops close by are at McPherson Square, Farragut West – both Blue and Orange Lines, and Farragut North – Red Line).

March Route:

  • From there we go South on 15th to “H” Street
  • West on “H” Street to 17th Street
  • South on 17th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue (closed portion)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue (closed portion) – right past the White House – to 15th Street
  • South on 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue South
  • East on Pennsylvania Avenue South, all the way to the U.S. Capitol West Lawn for the National Equality March Rally.

2:00 pm– RALLY STARTS at U.S. Capitol West Lawn

4:15 pm– LEAVE to take bus to NYC- from US Capitol, walk north on 1st St, make a right onto Louisiana Ave. to Union Station.

5:00 pm– BUS DEPART DC

9:00 pm– RETURN TO NYC


Paradigm Shifters will be on the Chelsea/West Village Bus with New York City Council speaker, Christine Quinn!

Round Trip Tickets cost $35.84 and are available at

This bus is organized by National Equality March

TO MARCH WITH PARADIGM SHIFT- PLEASE CALL Meredith 201-394-8173 or email by Oct. 9th 8pm

* INCLUDE full name, email, cell, method of transportation *

We March with One Single Demand:

Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. We will accept no less and will work until it is achieved.

We are guaranteed equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize our rights. Full equality necessarily includes all members of the LGBT community and encompasses, but is not limited to:

The right to work our jobs and go to school free of harassment and discrimination.
The right to safety in our daily lives, and protection from hate crimes.
The right to equitable healthcare, and the right to donate blood.
The right to equitable immigration policies.
The right to marry.
The right to serve in the military openly.

March info:

Fight For Your Reproductive Rights: How You Can Help Pass the Reproductive Health Act

Paradigm Shift: NYC’s Feminist Community & NYCLU Proudly Present:

Fight For Your Reproductive Rights:
How You Can Help Pass the Reproductive Health Act

Interim director, Reproductive Rights Project, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

National Coordinator for Field Services at Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice & Associate Pastor at All Souls Bethlehem Church

researcher in reproductive health

Filmmaker of “Another New Yorker for the Reproductive Health Act”
View Film Here

Supporters: Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, NARAL, New York Abortion Access Fund, New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense, National Organization for Women at NYU, NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition, Soapbox Inc., Author/Activist Jennifer Baumgardner

Event Topics Include:

  • What the Reproductive Health Act is
  • Why we need the Reproductive Health Act
  • Many actions you can take to help pass the Reproductive Health Act

The Reproductive Health Act:

  • Guarantees a woman’s right to control her reproductive health
  • Ensures that a woman will be able to have an abortion if her health is endangered
  • Treats the regulation of abortion as an issue of public health and medical practice, rather than as a potential crime
  • Guarantees everyone the right to use or refuse contraception

BONUS RAFFLE! for EVENT pass granting FREE admission to Paradigm Shift events for one year.

When: Wed, Sept 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave)

Click Here for Hop Stop Directions

Cost: $5 suggested donation/ students FREE

Calling All Feminists- help promote and we’ll help promote your organization!



The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights.


Prior to joining the NYCLU, Corinne Carey was a researcher with the U.S. Program at Human Rights Watch, where she produced reports and engaged in advocacy on domestic human rights issues including the rights of people with criminal records, sex offender registration and community notification laws, and the evacuation of correctional facilities during Hurricane Katrina.

Carey graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. She began her legal career with a fellowship from the Open Society Institute as the founder and director of the Harm Reduction Law Project, based in the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Program in New York City. She provided direct legal services to drug users in harm reduction programs throughout the city.

A longtime drug law reform and harm reduction advocate, Carey was a founding member of Prevention Point Philadelphia, that city’s first needle exchange program. She serves on the board of directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and has spoken about the rights of drug users to local, national and international audiences. She has also taught courses in law and urban problems and civil rights and civil liberties at New York University and Brooklyn College.


Reverend Matthew Westfox is the National Coordinator for Field Services for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He also serves as Associate Pastor of All Souls Bethlehem Church in Brooklyn, New York, and is ordained through the United Church of Christ. Before attending seminary at Pacific School of Religion, Reverend Westfox was a community organizer for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and a legislative aide for New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane.


Carol Roye is a well-known researcher in reproductive health who specializes in issues pertinent to adolescents, including teen pregnancy prevention and working with mothers of pregnant and parenting teens to improve outcomes for their daughters. She was also awarded a prestigious research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study HIV/AIDS prevention. Her work is featured by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and appears in the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth. She has appeared on radio and television to talk about adolescent and women’s health issues and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Roye is a Professor of Nursing at Hunter College in New York City and a practicing pediatric nurse practitioner. She splits her professional time between research, teaching and her clinical practice providing reproductive health care to adolescent girls in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York. She is the author of many publications on a range of topics in adolescent reproductive health, including Adolescent Sexual Development and Sexuality: Assessment and Interventions, a popular book for professionals who work with teenagers around issues of sexuality.

She is the mother of six children, the last adopted from a Romanian orphanage, and the grandmother of eight.

She is currently at work on a book which examines the genesis of current, unfavorable reproductive health policies and the adverse impact they have on child health in the U.S. and overseas.


Jenn Proulx is a filmmaker and editor; credits include Food Network, PBS, truTV, VH1 Network and A&E Television.

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Lesbian Librarian Reviews: “Sister Wife” by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Sister Wife

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Plot: Narrated from the perspective of three teenage girls, 13, 15, and 17, all in search of direction, love, and faith, this family drama encapsulates a traditional coming of age story.  Set in a fictional Mormon intentional community, the life of polygamists is introduced in three different angles.  Celeste, 15, dreams of happiness with a boy her own age, but is set to marry his father instead, Taviana, 17, seeks community and acceptance yet battles her old life of living on the streets, while Nanette, 13, is dedicated to the purity of her faith and can’t wait to marry a man and have a baby of her own.  Under one roof, and in one small community, three girls find their paths to true happiness.  Suitable for ages 14 and up.
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Feminist Men: Increasing Visibility

Paradigm Shift: NYC’s Feminist Community Proudly Presents:

Feminist Men: Increasing Visibility


Vinnie Angel
Feminist & purveyor of social justice consumer products

Robert Brannon
Co-Founder, National Organization for Men Against Sexism

Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force

Ben Siegel
Former VP of Hunter College Women’s Rights Coalition

Dr. Michael Kimmel
One of the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world (his latest work is the acclaimed Guyland)

several honored guests from the feminist community, including past PShift speakers!!


SEE VINNIE on Paradigm Shift TV!

When: Wed, Aug 19th
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave)

Click Here for Hop Stop Directions

Cost: $7.00 if you RSVP to below email address before Aug 19 @ 1:00 PM
$10 at door.
Please include full names and emails of all guests.

Calling All Feminists- help promote and we’ll help promote your organization!

Vinnie Angel’s Products:
– The famous Vinnie’s Tampon Case
– Cramp Relieving bubble bath
– Music For Menstruators CD
– Vinnie’s GIANT Roller Coaster Period Chart and Sticker Book
– Vinnie’s Cramp Kicking Remedy Book

The Truth About Vinnie’s Tampon Case:

Vinnie’s Project Goal: To create an affordable (or free) everyday
object that would encourage a positive and non-sexual dialog between
guys and girls about a woman’s body– in hopes of sparking
education that will work towards ending violence against women.

Vinnie’s Inspiration: A friend revealed to me her having been
kidnapped and raped by a group of strange men when she was in high
school. The recurring trauma of her experience compounded by the fact
that her family didn’t know how to deal with the crime and the
fact that the perps were never arrested or brought to justice shook me
to my core.

Furious at a society that refuses to develop the tools to deal with
such horrific and wide-spread behavior I took it upon myself to
attempt to change the environment that allows a college educated male
like myself to be willfully ignorant of a woman’s well being
and safety.

Vinnie’s Famous!
Vinnie’s Tampon Case has been featured in nearly every
woman’s magazine, on countless radio programs, in newspapers
across the globe, on TV shows, in documentaries, in books, at the Andy
Warhol Museum, offered in stores around the world, given away by
Justin Timberlake at his 22nd birthday party, discussed in Harvard
classrooms, and, most importantly, discussed by boys and girls on

Robert Brannon

Co-Founder of National Organization for Men Against Sexism
Robert Brannon, Professor, Brooklyn College and NOMAS co-founder. He
serves as Men’s Studies Association and NOMAS Pornography and
Prostitution Task Group leader and is NYS-NOW Task Force Co-Chair on
Trafficking, Pornography and Prostitution.

The National Organization for Men Against Sexism, founded in 1974, is
an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes
for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay
affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men’s lives, and
committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including
class, age, religion, and physical abilities.

Ben Siegel
Former VP of Hunter College Women’s Rights Coalition
Ben helped organize a national women’s rights conference, and is a
passionate feminist activist.

Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force

Jerin Alam, originally from Bangladesh, served as President of the
Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition (HWRC), a group with several
male officers, while attending Hunter College from April 2007 to

Along with HWRC, she helped organize a national feminist conference in
which Gloria Steinem and Rosie O’Donnell participated. Her
recent efforts with HWRC have included lobbying for immigrants’
rights, and events to raise awareness and combat eating disorders and
body issues, and fight sexual violence. She set up various
anti-violence workshops on campus with Men Can Stop Rape and the
Bringing in the Bystander Program, where public safety trainers from
CUNY Central – as well as rape crisis counselors from around the city
– were trained in violence prevention.

Alam was recently accepted into the NOW National Young Feminist Task
Force, and was invited to speak at the NOW National Conference and the
Men Can Stop Rape conference.

Dr. Michael Kimmel
One of the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world (his latest work is the acclaimed Guyland)

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“The Sari Soldiers” Documentary Screening and Discussion with Julie Bridgham, Filmmaker

Paradigm Shift: NYC’s Feminist Community Proudly Presents:

“The Sari Soldiers” Documentary Screening
and Discussion with Julie Bridgham, Filmmaker
a portion of proceeds donated to
The Sari Soldiers’ Outreach Fund at Women Make Movies

“Captures ordinary women’s extraordinary lives and reveals them as
important pieces of history. Anyone concerned with social justice,
gender justice and human rights should see it.”
– Rama Lohani-Chase, Women’s and Gender Studies Dept., The College of New Jersey

“It gives new meaning to the words courage and resilience.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times


When: Wed, July 22nd
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave) Directions

Cost: $10 at door (discounted summer rate!)
BONUS: RAFFLE of Paradigm Shift Free Pass granting recipient free
admission for one year!!

Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in
Nepal’s modern history, THE SARI SOLDIERS is an extraordinary story of
six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of
an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s
crackdown on civil liberties.

When Devi, mother of a 15-year-old girl, witnesses her niece being
tortured and murdered by the Royal Nepal Army, she speaks publicly
about the atrocity. The army abducts her daughter in retaliation, and
Devi embarks on a three-year struggle to uncover her daughter’s fate
and see justice done. THE SARI SOLDIERS follows her and five other
brave women, including Maoist Commander Kranti; Royal Nepal Army
Officer Rajani; Krishna, a monarchist from a rural community who leads
a rebellion against the Maoists; Mandira, a human rights lawyer; and
Ram Kumari, a young student activist shaping the protests
to reclaim democracy. THE SARI SOLDIERS intimately delves into the
extraordinary journey of these women on opposing sides of the
conflict, through the democratic revolution that reshapes the
country’s future.

• Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York; Nestor Almendros Prize
• Tri-Continental Film Festival, India; Grand Jury Prize
• Rencontres International Film Festival, Montreal; Prix Camera au
Poing: Best Socio-Political Film
• Watch Docs Film Festival, Warsaw; Special Jury Mention


Julie Bridgham is a Sundance Institute Documentary Fellow, and the
Director and Producer of the award-winning documentary, THE SARI
SOLDIERS, for which she received the 2008 Nestor Almendros Prize for
courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking. Over the past six
years, she has lived for extended periods in Nepal where she produced
and directed numerous documentaries including several documentaries
for the United Nations and the films INDENTURED DAUGHTERS, a
documentary on Nepali girls sent into bonded labor, as well as the
Youth Opportunity Foundation. She has produced and directed numerous
documentary series that have taken her around the globe, including
“Exotic Islands”, and the series “Royal Families of the World,” as
well as documentary series for the BBC, the Discovery Channel and TLC.
Before working in documentary television, she worked in Costa Rica as
a Project Officer for an environmental project with the United
Nations, and in Bolivia as a researcher for a human rights

Established in 1972 to address the under representation and
misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is
a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which
facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of
independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization
provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs,
with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women
Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an
internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production
Assistance Program.

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GRITtv Daily Newsmaker, 03/09/09: Linda Martin Alcoff, Jennifer Baumgardner

Jennifer Baumgardner speaks about women’s liberation, choice, and abortion.

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Women & Religious Equality with Leora Tanenbaum

Paradigm Shift: NYC’s Feminist Community Presents
Women & Religious Equality with Leora Tanenbaum
Author of “Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality” 

“A fast-rising social critic.”  —Publishers Weekly

A portion of the proceeds donated to Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) a feminist interfaith organization

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, NYC
(Between Stanton and Rivington, F or V Train to 2nd Ave) Directions

Ticket Cost: $7 pre-sales before March 31st, $10 at door


“Religious feminism is not dead! If you believe in gender equality and belong to any of the three great ‘religions of the Book,’ Taking Back God will both energize and anger you. As an observant Jew herself, Leora Tanenbaum carefully nuances the secondary status of many women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. She shows how women are challenging repressive traditions in light of the core values of their faith. As a Christian feminist myself, I especially appreciated learning and Jewish and Muslim women in parallel circumstances and with similar interpretive hurdles. Tanenbaum blends extensive research with human interest stories and an embracing attitude that keeps one turning the pages.” 
—Reta Halteman Finger, assistant professor of New Testament, Messiah College, and former editor of the Christian feminist magazine Daughters of Sarah

Leora Tanenbaum is the author of Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). It exposes the fact that millions of American Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women love their religion but are deeply troubled over their inferior status as women within their faith.
Leora’s previous books are Catfight: Rivalries Among Women: From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room, about the ways in which women often try to sabotage one another, and Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation, about girls labeled “sluts” by their peers (both HarperPerennial).

Internationally, her books are available in Germany, Turkey, Australia/New Zealand, and Greece.

In addition to books, Leora has written for Newsday, Seventeen, Ms., and The Nation, among many other publications. She has been featured in Redbook, The Washington Post, and The Forward, among many publications. She is quoted regularly in newspapers such as The New York Times, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today and in magazines ranging from CosmoGirl to Child. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Feminist Press.

Leora lectures widely at venues including the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Makor at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and campuses such as Stanford, Columbia, Duke, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Spelman College.

Leora regularly discusses girls’ and women’s issues on TV news and entertainment shows. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Inside Edition, The O’Reilly Factor, Politically Incorrect, and other programs. She is also proud to have been lampooned onCNN’s Capitol Gang.

Leora lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. She enjoys leyning (chanting the words of the Torah in synagogue), listening to the Beatles, and being unspeakably silly with her children.

The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) began in 1983 in response to the need for theological, ethical, and liturgical development for and by women.

We are a feminist educational center, doing work locally, nationally and internationally organizing programs and projects, publications and workshops, counseling, spiritual direction and liturgical planning which help people actualize feminist religious values in the service of social change.

WATER helps develop inclusive religious and social communities, and focuses feminist faith on bringing about social justice.

Benefit: Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival Half-Way Soirée in NYC


Directions to The MichFest Half Way Soirée
168 Delancey Street Between Clinton St. and Attorney St.

Need a ride or bunk with someone local? Check the MichFest Forum:

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F train to DELANCEY [[walk 1.5 blocks east]]
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Driving From Brooklyn: Take the first exit off the Williamsburg Bridge onto CLINTON STREET. The Delancey is located on the NORTH SIDE  of DELANCEY STREET at CLINTON STREET.

Driving From Uptown Manhattan: Take 2nd Ave. south and make a left turn at Delancey Street. The Delancey is located on the NORTH SIDE  of DELANCEY STREET at CLINTON STREET.

From Penn Station
Walk to 34th Street and Broadway. Then,
take the F train downtown to Delancey Street. Walk 1.5 Blocks East
to 168 Delancey Street Between Clinton St. and Attorney St.

From Grand Central
Take the F train from 42 Street + 5th/6th Ave – Bryant Park station heading Downtown to Delancey Street. Walk 1.5 Blocks East
to 168 Delancey Street Between Clinton St. and Attorney St.

From outside NYC

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From Newark International Airport

Take the shuttle / monorail to the NJ Transit terminal. Walk to 34th Street and Broadway. Then, take the F train downtown to Delancey Street. Walk 1.5 Blocks East to 168 Delancey Street Between Clinton St. and Attorney St. View other travel methods from the airport >>

From JFK Airport
Take the JFK AirTrain from John F Kennedy Airport station heading to Jamaica Station. Get off at Sutphin/Jamaica Station. Take the J train from Sutphin Blvd – Archer Av/JFK station heading to Broad St. Get off at Delancey St – Essex St. Exit near intersection of Delancey St and Norfolk St. Start out going East on Delancey St towards Suffolk St. 2 min walk to: 168 Delancey Street Between Clinton St. and Attorney St.

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