Arts & Activism

Women have long used artistic expression as a method of liberation and feminist activism. From Renaissance painters and poets to today’s critics, actors, playwrights, musicians and filmmakers, art provides an important outlet for women’s creativity and resistance to the status quo. Women are present in growing numbers across genres of music, literature, and visual and performing arts, and they are breaking new ground at all levels of production, performance and industry management. Arts institutions, museums and galleries are displaying feminist work and promoting more female artists. Feminist organizations such as Guerrilla Girls are spurring collectors, curators, historians and institutions to recognize women artists and provide equal access and opportunities for success.

Passionate Politics: The Life & Work of Charlotte Bunch

Date/Time: 
04/14/2011

Passionate Politics: The Life & Work of Charlotte Bunch

A New One-Hour Documentary by Tami Gold

This new film tells the story of Charlotte Bunch, from idealistic young civil rights organizer to lesbian activist, to internationally-recognized leaders of a campaign to put women's rights on the global human rights agenda. Charlotte has been both a product and creator of her times: every chapter in her life is a chapter in the story of the modern feminist activism, from its roots in the 1960s struggles for social justice to international campaigns against gender-based violence today.

Film Showing:

The Athena Film Festival -- featuring MISS REPRESENTATION

Date/Time: 
02/10/2011 - 02/13/2011

 

Co-founders Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood and Katheryn Kolbert of The Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College present:

The Athena Film Festival - A Celebration of Women and Leadership at Barnard College

25 shorts, docs and features will unspool over the weekend all focused on women's leadership. The festival aims to foster female participation in every facet of independent and commercial filmmaking. Our message is clear: if the representation of women in mainstream media is going to advance, women need to be behind the scenes.

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of ColorLines magazine.

A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last twenty years, Rinku has positioned ARC as the national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.

Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

Location

New York, NY 10004
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

Voices from the Field: Hollaback! (Video)

Hat tip to Ms. Foundation for funding this great organization!

 


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Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

Location

New York, NY 10018
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

President & CEO, Breakthrough

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

WMC Exclusive: Documenting Late-Term Abortion

In case you missed, the Women's Media Center featured an excellent article on the forthcoming documentary on late-term abortion, Trust Women. Here's an excerpt to whet your reading appetite:

An unknown number of doctors across the country perform late abortions, but unlike most, Dr. LeRoy Carhart and Dr. Warren Hern do so publicly. Shane and Wilson hope to humanize the doctors—revealing more about their personal lives than Dr. Tiller ever made public—and to avoid propaganda. “You can judge for yourself,” said Wilson, “but if you get to know them for all their complications, what you basically see is that they’re fundamentally really good people.”


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Honoring the Original Vagina Warrior

With Superbowl Sunday quickly approaching--a day when domestic violence escalates--we wanted to take a moment to honor a woman whose unswerving devotion to ending violence against women and girls is truly inspirational.  Please take a moment to watch this video from the Breakthrough Gala of Cynthia Nixon recognizing Eve Ensler:

You can read a transcript of Eve's speech here, thanks to V-Day. 

 


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SPARK: Taking Sexy Back

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Sexualization of girls is nothing short of an epidemic,” said Hunter College President Jennifer Raab at the SPARK Summit this past Friday in NYC. SPARK stands for “Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge.” SPARK was convened to challenge the sexualization of girls, which has a detrimental impact on girls’ self-esteem, body image, mental health, and sense of self-efficacy. One of the most disturbing effects that Raab pointed out is that self-improvement has been defined as changing one’s body rather than expanding one’s mind. For examples of just how out-of-control the sexualization of girls has become (and also how folks are pushing back), check out this video the Women’s Media Center produced for the Summit:


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