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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

4_16_15 Young Lakota Screening with Filmmakers, Paradigm Shift NYC


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!

SAMPLE POST: 4/16 “Young Lakota” Documentary Screening with the Filmmakers of “The Education of Shelby Knox” Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt; Shelby Knox,; Rebecca Nagel, The Monument Quilt. Award-winning doc about a young Lakota woman’s political awakening. Presented by Paradigm Shift NYC

TWEET! 4/16 @YoungLakota Screening w filmmakers, women’s political awakening with @ShelbyKnox @upsettingrape @PShiftNYC

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.

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

Join as a supporting organization or co-sponsor!

SAMPLE POST: 3/19 Gloria Feldt, Feminist Icon “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power” Presented by Paradigm Shift NYC

TWEET! 3/19 No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power with @GloriaFeldt, @PShiftNYC Presents


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.

Creating the World: How to Foster Creative Community

Creating the World: How to Foster Creative Community
An Online Revolutionary Conversations with Gwen Lowenheim and David Belmont

March 13-April 10*

Registration: $135; Student/Retired: $75; Low Income: $50

*Conversation is asynchronous  — participants are in different time zones, and read/post messages on their own schedule.

Click here to register

Once the almost exclusive domain of artists and the academy, the public discourse on creativity is now filled with the voices of community organizers, entrepreneurs, educators, therapists and others exploring what creativity is and how people develop as creative agents of social change. In this online creative conversation led by educator and community organizer Gwen Lowenheim and musician/composer David Belmont we will look at how the latest discoveries in creativity, play, music, visual arts, theatre and improvisation can inspire creative community and social change.

Injustice: It’s Not Just Us- Panel Discussion, Manhattan Young Democrats

MYD Panel Discussion — Injustice: It’s Not Just Us
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7pm
The National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue
Following the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island, we will provide an opportunity to learn about what we can do to tackle racial injustice from well versed experts in politics, social and criminal justice. Confirmed Panelists:
  • Dr. Christina Greer, Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, author of Black Ethnics and Political Commentator
  • Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons, Justice League Board Member and President of
  • Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Civil Rights Advocate

Additional Panelists to be Announced! RSVP here.

Women’s Therapy Center Inst. Presents Indwelling: Living in a Female Body

Honoree and guest speaker Danielle Sheypuk, Ph.D. Expert, media commentator, disability-rights advocate and fashion model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the problems of dating, relationships, intimacy and sexuality, particularly among members of the disabled community. Wheelchair-dependent since childhood, Dr. Sheypuk has acquired special insights into the challenges facing the community, both in the everyday physical world as well as in the areas of mental, emotional and interpersonal well-being.
In her innovative private practice, which uses Skype-based therapy sessions specifically for people with disabilities, she treats a variety of mental health issues, with a special focus in the areas of dating, relationships and sexuality. For more information, visit

–News from ENDANGERED BODIES NY. In March, 2011, The WTCI convened an international summit – Endangered Species: Preserving The Female Body. Out of that, the Endangered Bodies Campaign was launched- partnering with like-minded body positive organizations (now in 8 different countries) who are engaged in the the same fight to free women’s/girls’ bodies from commodification and objectification.

–For the last 30 years, The WTCI has offered a Speakout, a time honored traditional forum for women to find their individual voice and share experiences, allowing the personal story of each woman to be heard, dignified, and transformed by our coming together.


Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friends Meeting House
15 Rutherford Place @ East 15th St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves
(a short walk fr/Union Square) Registration: $30 / students, $20
Send-A-Sister Donation $25
All are welcome and underwritten tickets are available. Contact

The International Conference on Masculinities in NYC

Kimmel Masculinity Conference 2014

Conference site




Paradigm Shift NYC Presents “HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY” Screening & Discussion with Therese Shechter, Filmmaker of “I Was A Teenage Feminist”, Abiola Abrams, Author

1:15:15 How To Lose Your Virginity Screening:Discussion Presented by Paradigm Shift NYC

LIMITED SEATING / Buy Discount Tickets Online!  

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
6:00 PM, doors open 5:30 
The Tank- 151 W. 46th St. (b/t 6th & 7th Ave) 8th Floor, NYC- elevator/wheelchair access.  Subway: N,R,Q to 49th St. or B,D,F,M to Rockefeller Center.  After the Tank, join us for drinks @ Quinn’s, 356 W. 44th St. 2nd Fl (b/t 8th & 9th)


CO-SPONSORS Trixie Films    Women Make Movies   City Headshots

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PARTNERS:  Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, Body Typed Film Project, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Sony Brook University,, Incite PicturesMan QuestionManhattan Young Democrats, New York Women in Film & TelevisionNOW Young Feminists & Allies, RiseupSoapbox Inc.The Feminist Press, WAM!Women’s Therapy Centre Institute

Sample post: 1/15 “How To Lose Your Virginity” Screening/Discussion with Therese Shechter, Filmmaker & Abiola Abrams, Author “The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self Love”
1/15 How to Lose Your Virginity Screening/Discussion, Filmmaker @trixiefilms @abiolatv @PShiftNYC @virginitymovie


What if all we had to lose were our virginity myths?
A trixie films production

It has launched both purity balls and porn franchises, defines a young woman’s morality–but has no medical definition. Enter the magical world of virginity, where a white wedding dress can restore a woman’s innocence and replacement hymens can be purchased online.

This eye-opening and irreverent documentary explores why female virginity is still so valued in our hypersexualized society. Traveling through the worlds of religion, history, pop culture and $30 internet hymens, the film reveals the myths and misogyny behind a rite of passage that everyone thinks about but few truly understand.

Filmmaker Therese Shechter uses her own path out of virginity to explore why our sex-crazed society cherishes this so-called precious gift. Along the way, we meet sex educators, virginity auctioneers, abstinence advocates, and young men and women who bare their tales of doing it—or not doing it.

THERESE SHECHTER (Director/Producer/Writer) deftly fuses humor-spiked, personal narrative with grass roots activism and new media, most recently as the writer and director of the 2013 documentary HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY. The film has appeared on television and in film festivals in the US and all over the world. She also curates the film’s online interactive project, THE V-CARD DIARIES, a crowed-sourced collection of over 200 stories of ‘sexual debuts and deferrals’ which was recently on exhibit at The Kinsey Institute.

Shechter was a panelist at Harvard’s “Rethinking VirginIty” conference, and frequently speaks at college campuses on virginity, feminism and sexuality. Her work has been covered by Elle, Salon, The Atlantic, Feministing, Forbes, The Guardian, The Jakarta Globe and CBC’s Q, among others. She herself has written for the Chicago Tribune, Talking Points Memo, Nerve and IndieWire’s Women & Hollywood.

Shechter’s first feature documentary, the award-winning I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST (2005), has screened from Stockholm to Delhi to Rio and at Serbia’s first-ever Women’s Film Festival. Her short documentary HOW I LEARNED TO SPEAK TURKISH (2006) won a Documentary Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, and her short film #SLUTWALKNYC premiered at the Hampton’s International Film Festival in 2013.


Abiola Abrams, the author of the award-winning “Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love,” is known for giving bold and empowering advice on networks from MTV to the Discovery Channel. In addition to being an in-demand inspirational speaker, transformational coach, multi-platform author, and ESSENCE advice columnist, Abiola writes and broadcasts about the heart-centered lifestyle, reclaiming your personal power, and answering your calling.

Whether you call her America’s Self-Love Coach, the Midwife for Your Inner Life, or a modern day conjure woman, it’s time to become who we were born to be, and Abiola has the tools to help us get there. Our mothers had Dear Abby and we have Dear Abiola. She’s the Olivia Pope of your personal life. Consider it handled with her personal power process that breaks through fear and the inner voices that keep us playing small.

Come to the New Masculinities Festival on Feb. 9th!

The New Masculinities Festival
Breathing new life into what it means to be a man!
Sunday, February 9 ; 1pm – 10pm
Come for a show, or stay for the whole day!
Join us as we…
Explore the impacts that the expectations of masculinity have on our lives;
Expand and go beyond ready-made perspectives;
Create possibilities for new gender expression!

$10 per performance suggested donation
Or $20 for full day!
Tickets at the door or full-day tickets online

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