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A note from Jennifer - April 2014

At the end of a long day, I'm tempted to go home, drink wine, and watch Mad Men reruns. When I do manage to make it out to feminist events, though, I'm always so glad I did. You can't tivo a chance to engage with fellow humans who share your values or feel the satisfaction of being intellectually engaged and challenged. More often than not, I'm completely moved by the stories that are shared and the common but silenced experiences validated at these events. Oh, did I mention they're fun, funny, even glamorous?!

There's one upcoming feminist event on my radar in particular:

SLUT The Play Goes National

On a cold night in New York City, Joey Del Marco puts on her favorite dress, her highest heels, and meets up with her oldest friends, George, Luke, and Tim, for a little pre-gaming. They play video games, dance, and down an entire bottle of Absolut. Everything is hazy fun, until they squeeze into the back of a cab... Inspired by experiences of the teen cast members, the critically-acclaimed new play SLUT explores the sexual assault and shaming of a 16-year-old girl. Through Joey's story and those of girls in her community, witness the damaging effects of slut culture and the importance of being heard.

Created by and featuring The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Co.
Directed by Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney
Written by Katie Cappiello

LOS ANGELES - Ticket Information

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 12:00PM Performance, talkback with creators, and activism workshop for middle and high school students at 2:00PM. You MUST reserve tickets for this FREE event. Tickets are NOT available at the door!

Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:00PM Performance, talkback with creators, and Title IX and campus mindfulness panel discussion. You MUST reserve tickets for this FREE event. Tickets are NOT available at the door!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:30PM Performance and talkback with creators.

FARGO - Ticket Information

Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:00PM Performance of and talkback with the creators at Ecce Art Gallery: 216 Broadway, Fargo, ND

Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:00PM Performance and talkback with the creators at Century Theater: NDSU, 1401 Administration Ave, Fargo, ND

NEW YORK CITY - Ticket Information

Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:30PM Performance and talkback with creators at The GYM at Judson: 243 Thompson St.

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:30PM Performance and talkback with creators at The GYM at Judson: 243 Thompson St.

A note from Jennifer - January 2014

For me, 2013 was FULL of change, which was extremely uncomfortable—as growth tends to be. Among the transitions, I took the helm of an institution of the Second Wave—the Feminist Press—and am charting a course for its future. It’s exciting and iterative and intimidating all at once!

So, what is on my brain right now about feminism? A few things: 

  • How big books by women are still treated so differently than big books by men (in terms of reviews, entry into the canon, course adoption, expressions of universality, sales!)
  • The tension and pain between black feminists and white feminists. Do we need a truth and reconciliation commission? Michaela Angela Davis and I are starting to talk about what meaningful healing conversations might entail….
  • How that word Slut is a way of making girls second class citizens long before they experience other forms of sexism—and how much potential Slut: The Play has to raise consciousness and shift culture!

The Punk Singer, a film about Kathleen Hanna

IFC Films

Check out this trailer from the new film The Punk Singer featuring Jennifer Baumgardner.

The Equal Rights Amendment in the 21st Century:
Where Have We Come From, and Where Will We Go?

November 15-16, 2013, Roger Williams University

The Keynote Address

Speakers Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

The ERA Roundtable

Speakers Jennifer Baumgardner, Terry O'Neill,
Emily Sack and and Ellie Smeal

Learn more about this conference on the Roger Williams University website.