Leadership in Civil Society

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Author Series Event


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Fellow and Women and Foreign Policy Program Deputy Director,
Council on Foreign Relations

Vision 2020



Don't Let History Happen Without You... During National Women's History Month!

Join Vision 2020 and the National Constitution Center on March 30 for a celebration of women's past, present & future.

FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center for Vision 2020 Supporters from 11:00am to 2:00pm

While visiting the Constitution Center March 30, you can: 

Our Opportunity for International Women’s Day

By Tiffany Dufu*

I took the helm at The White House Project at an interesting moment for women. Last week’s report from the White House, which Kate Meyer mentioned in yesterday’s post, coupled with a political, economic and social environment that is best described as extremely volatile across the globe, demonstrates how, on this International Women’s Day 2011, we are presented with a unique opportunity. 

We have the opportunity to be responsible.

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Passionate Politics: The Life & Work of Charlotte Bunch


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:

Responding to Wikipedia's Gender Gap with a Call to Action

Responding to last week's disturbing New York Times front page news that women comprise only 13% of Wikipedia's contributors, NCRW President Linda Basch submitted the following letter, which was published in Sunday's paper:

Today women earn 57 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, 61 percent of the master’s degrees and, as of 2009, a majority of doctorates in the United States. It is inconceivable that this well-educated majority should be largely absent from the world’s most popular interactive encyclopedia project. 

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Expert Profile

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Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and scholar. She has produced a number of documentaries focused on social themes, including the award-winning 2008 film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which discovered and shared with the world the little-known story of how a small band of women dared to break barriers of gender and politics in Liberia and end a century of entrenched civil war. The film inspired her to to form Peace is Loud (peaceisloud.org), an organization that supports female voices and international peace-building through nonviolent means. Her current project, “Women, War & Peace,” is in production for PBS Wide Angle by her production company, Fork Films.


New York, NY
United States
40° 42' 51.6708" N, 74° 0' 21.5028" W

Quinceañera: A Film Screening & Conversation


Join us for a screening of this Sundance award-winning movie. It will be an evening of wine, snacks, thought-provoking cinema and lively discussion of sexuality, race, gentrification, teen pregnancy, religion and social justice.

When: Monday, February 7th, 6-9 p.m.

Where: International Action Center
55 W. 17 St., Suite 5C (exact room to be confirmed)
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, New York

How Much: $10 suggested minimum donation

Proceeds are matched 1:1 by a generous donor of the Ms. Foundation for Women for the express purpose of supporting women of color-led reproductive justice organizations. Join us February 7th to share your thoughts!

RSVP to rsvp@ms.foundation.org


Processing the AZ Shooting

As we process the tragic shooting in Arizona, read what members of the NCRW network are saying.

In a Women's Media Center exclusive, "Giffords Tragedy: What's the Message to Young Women?," Gloria Feldt writes:

The natural human tendency is to back away from public service after such a frightening episode. But the best way to honor the sacrifices of public servants like Gabrielle Giffords—as well as Judge John Roll who was killed in the attack and all the others—is to create a culture that lifts up and protects leaders who won’t be deterred by anti-government ranting.

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