Join Me Tuesday July 14!

Join me for a webinar on Parenting and Gender Equity this Tuesday, July 14 at 1 PM Eastern. Montessori Family Life will be hosting this fun and informative discussion. "PARENTING TOWARD GENDER EQUITY" Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT Pre-registration required. Register here now! We'll talk about why awareness of gender equity is so important plus offer lots of practical tips. Tune in for ideas on gift-giving (pink toys? trucks?), what to do about those teenage slurs, how your attitude toward gender affects your child's reading, and why you might want to skip those gender-reveal parties. If you're a…

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TWE Film Festival

Sarasota Magazine: WOMEN IN FILM Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival Celebrates International Female Filmmakers The festival will showcase women-inspired films and celebrate International Women’s Day from March 6-8. By Allison Forsyth  2/27/2020 at 2:58pm Queen of Hearts Documentary Feature at the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival. IMAGE: COURTESY PHOTO Herald Tribune: Through Women’s Eyes brings international female filmmakers, stories to Sarasota Your Observer WMNF Interview; Mary Glenney, March 5, 2020 WSLR Interview; Peace and Justice Report, February 26, 2020                    

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Why on earth is climate change a gender issue?

Women experience climate change differently than men. Why? Two reasons. First, in general, women have less agency, fewer economic resources within their control, more responsibility for the care of young children and the elderly, and much greater vulnerability to dislocation. Men are significantly more likely to be the short-term financial beneficiaries of the status quo. Throughout the global south, women are more responsible for water, fuel (especially firewood), and food production. All three of these are exceedingly, and immediately,  affected by climate change.¹ Second, in general, climate change is understood and interpreted differently by men and women. This is dramatically…

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SPOILED – My Play Lives Again in 2020

You've thought about violence against women - but have you thought about it from the perspective of men? Men are, after all, the perpetrators the vast majority of the time. How can we possibly begin to understand the issue if we only look at half the picture? SPOILED, my vision for a play exploring this theme with examples from India and the US, came to fruition in 2015 when actor and playwright Elizabeth Hess crafted a one-woman show around the idea. But the issue is unfortunately pretty damn timeless, and the Hess Collective has been able to rework it to…

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Gender Activism: 4 Tips

[box] I spoke about activism - specifically, activism for gender equality - at the UN Women USA GCC lunch in October. For those who've asked for a reminder of my four activism tips, I offer the speech - tips and video. Good luck. Keep me posted.[/box] I want you to be an activist. Gender equality is important for everyone – it isn’t just something we do to be nice to women. Research shows that more gender-equal environments - communities, companies, countries – do better. More gender-equal communities have healthier children. More gender-equal companies have better returns for their shareholders.  More…

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SPOILED

Spring 2020: Our play SPOILED is heading to La Mama in NYC! Over 5 years ago, I originally conceived of the idea of a theatrical work exploring violence against women around the world, but told from the male perspective. My research and personal experiences told me that this viewpoint was critically important to understand – and that theater was a perfect vehicle to do this. Teaming up with experienced playwright and actor Elizabeth Hess helped create the original version of SPOILED, a one-woman play dramatizing real stories from India and the US. This latest version now includes a larger cast…

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Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2019

Delighted to be able to attend CSW in New York this year. Our UN Women-USA board convened a panel on Providing Social Services and Protection to Women and Girls in Conflict Zones and hosted an evening reception for fellow national committees. And at Dining For Women’s discussion on Achieving Sustainable Impact: Gender Equity Through Social Protection Systems is Imperative I got to meet new staff from Integrate Health, one of my favorite organizations working in Togo. (Established in 1946, CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.)

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Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival (TWE) 2019

The 20th Anniversary of TWE featured films from France, Tunisia, Canada, Hong Kong, Iceland, and all over the USA, showcasing an incredible array of themes, including: River-rafting, with a purpose, in South Africa Tackling gender biases in Papua New Guinea with the women’s rugby team Adolescent growing pains in 1970’s Ireland Two women in love – with a wheelchair between them Twenty-somethings in China looking for boyfriends – and more Women and girls on the quest for aviation Plus artists, activists, athletes, and many more. Mark your calendars for TWE 2020: March 6, 7, & 8 at Burns Court Cinema,…

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