Soapbox, Inc. Winter Term!! Who wants to go??

Every year the Ladies at Soapbox, Inc. – Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner – host an intensive session on taking your Feminism from theory to activism. I have always wanted to attend, but it just hasn’t happened yet.  [I think it’s possible that I’m getting a little old for it but phooey on that!] Here’s how describe the week on their website:

A transformative week of feminist immersion that can’t be found anywhere else. Your guides will be seasoned activists and Soapbox co-founders Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism.

Each day, you will meet with two to three organizations; meetings are interspersed with debriefing sessions. You can expect to participate in path-breaking progressive campaigns launched from NYC, tackle fundraising and other practical but necessary skills for your cause, and explore dynamic issues like sexual rights, the arts, media, philanthropy, and practical skills for getting a job or internship.

Each session is designed to match the unique interest of that group. See below for a complete interest of all groups.

Here’s a typical day at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term:

Morning Meeting: Meet with Third Wave Foundation and learn about their grant-making strategies.   Meet Third Wave grant partners and learn about young feminist philanthropy through their innovative Why Give? program.

Lunch: Brownbag Discussion with Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner

Afternoon Meeting: Breakout into small group sessions with several reproductive justice organizations, such as National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Sistas on the Rise, and Choices in Childbirth.

Evening Entertainment: Mix and mingle with young New York feminists at a reading at the radical bookstore/collective Bluestockings or a networking party with Paradigm Shift or Reproductive Rights Happy Hour.

Participants come to Feminist Winter Term wanting to put their feminist values to work in the professional world. This includes learning how to stand out, network with employers and other young professionals, and explore professional avenues of interest. Every session includes a Career Day that offers concrete advice from student alums and leading professionals about entering the professional world and a half-day internship with a leading feminist organization.

What do you say – Should I register? Who wants to go with me? You can register here.

Everyone Cheer on New Mexico!!!

So, I read today that New Mexico is the 15th state to refuse Abstinance-only funding! This is a state very close to my heart. It is where I’ll be married and one of the most beautiful places on earth so please give a cheer for New Mexico this holiday season.

Washington DC: Women, Women Everywhere!

So I’ve just returned from Washington DC, which was absolutely inspiring. If any of you have the oportunity to go, do. We visited all the govenment buildings. I was particularly mpressed by the capital building. First off the rotunda is extrememly beautiful and secondly, there is fairly strong female representation in the joint. Well, strong may be the wrong word. There is a feeling that historic females are represented, which is good.

I picked up a great Hillary in 2008 pin, which features Rosie the Riveter. Most of the weekend I was overcome by how impactful it feels to have Nancy Pelosi at the helm of congress and Hillary running for president. It’s an amazing year for american women.

I have been hesitent to support Hillary because I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t just doing so because she was a woman, but this weekend I got to thinking and what I’ve actually been doing is denying my support for her because she is a woman. Deep down inside I fear that a woman cannot win and we need change for the better, before it’s too late. I have always liked Hillary and Bill despite their personal issues. I think they are talented “governers.” (By that I mean people who govern.) So, hopeful that the world isn’t as awful as I think, I’ve decided that for me it’s Hillary in 2008!

Perhaps later in the week I’ll talk some spicific points about why I like Hillary.

One other note, while I was in Washington DC I had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts. WOW! An absolutely awesome place. Right now they are featuring WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. Please, if you have the opportunity to see this exhibit, GO. I cannot teel you how much feelining and passion emenates from these works, concerned with eveything from body image to feverish political activism. Really awesome.