Today's Modern American Woman - A Roundtable Discussion at Museum of the City of NY

The 1950s image of the “modern American woman” was created by illustrators like Mac Conner, whose leisured 

ladies with svelte figures and perfectly coiffed hair filled women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s. 

Today’s women face a different set of prescriptions from the media, now increasingly focused on their role in the workforce and the extent to which they can “lean in” or achieve “work/life balance.” Join a group of communications and marketing industry leaders to discuss how working women are presented in 2014. With Leslie Yazel, Executive Editor at Cosmopolitan magazine; Joanna Barsh, Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company; Linda Descano, President and CEO, Women & Co., and Managing Director and Head of Content and Social, Citi; and Stacy-Marie Ishmael, VP of Communities at Financial Times. Moderated by Ashley Milne-Tyte, NPR/Marketplace correspondent and host of podcast series The Broad Experience. 

Co-sponsored by ADC, the Let’s Make The Industry 50/50 Initiative, and New York Women in Communications.



www.mcny.org or 917.492.3395

WMM: Discount on 2014 new releases! | Special Offer

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Use code NCE14 at checkout to apply your discount. Does not include 2014 and 2015 new releases

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VHS upgrade special expires November 30! 
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Women Make Movies offers streaming licenses for the life of the format. If you are interested in taking advantage of this incredible offer at a discount, please contact us at orders@wmm.com or 212-925-0606 ext. 360

Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


As the year comes to a close, we are offering an incredible first time discount on our 2014 collection: 15% off any 2014 new release!*  These titles cover a diverse range of subjects and contemporary topics from critical human rights issues, to African American and feminist studies. See highlights and bestsellers from the 2014 collection below. 

Nominated for four Australian Academy Awards including Best Documentary and Best Director, I AM A GIRL follows six different girls -- divided by origin, economics, ethnicity and access to education -- as they inch closer to adolescence, defining what it means to be a girl in the 21st century.
LIVING THINKERS: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower examines the intersection of race, class and gender for Black women professors and administrators working in U.S. colleges and universities today. 

In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country's National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. MAESTRA highlights the will and courage that made the monumental endeavor possible and the pivotal role of women's and youth empowerment in building a new society.

Structured as a personal journey of rediscovery by filmmaker Jennifer Lee, FEMINIST STORIES FROM WOMEN'S LIBERATION brings the momentous first decade of second-wave feminism vividly to life. Its trajectory starts with the earliest stirrings in 1963 and ends with the movement's full blossoming in 1970.
Weaving together over 100 archival educational films, science fiction and homage to 70s feminist filmmaking, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES is a lyrical essay film on the hidden history of childbirth in the 20th century.

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DG Academy – Beyond Angry Lesbians and Gay Best Friends: Writing Gender and Sexuality in the 21st Century

Moderated by Sylvan Oswald
Tuesday, November 25, 5:30 - 7pm
Frederick Loewe Room, NYC
Playwright Sylvan Oswald will moderate a discussion on the representation of LGBTQ characters in contemporary theater. Panelists include Christina Anderson, Madeleine George and David Grimm (all participants subject to change). This promises to be a lively and thought-provoking discussion.
Sylvan Oswald (moderator) is a trans interdisciplinary playwright and assistant professor at UCLA's Theater Department. His work has been produced/developed at Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Soho Rep, St. Ann's Warehouse, About Face Theatre, and Undermain Theater among others. Sylvan recently created the web series Outtakes. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Christina Anderson's plays include The Ashes Under Gait City, pen/man/ship, Good Goods, and Man in Love. Her work has appeared at The Magic Theater, Yale Rep, Steppenwolf, The Public, and other theaters all over the country. She teaches playwriting at Purchase College and is currently a playwright-in-residence at Rutgers University. She's a member of New Dramatists.
Madeleine George's plays include The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hoir (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Finalist). She's a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a founding member of the Obie Award-winning playwrights' collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.).
David Grimm is a Brooklyn-based playwright and screenwriter. Most recently, he wrote and adapted the dialogue for Matthew Barney's film, River Of Fundament, which premiered at BAM. His plays, which include Tales From Red Vienna, Measure For Pleasure, Kit Marlowe, The Miracle At Naples, The Learned Ladies Of Park Avenue, And Steve & Idi, have been produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and others.
This event will be Livestreamed. Please be sure to tune in at 5:30 PM EDTat Livestream.com/NewPlay and join the conversation online by tweeting to us @DramatistsGuild using #newplay. For reservation information, please click this link:


Martha Richards Joins Cabinet of US Dept of Arts & Culture

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WomenArts Executive Director Joins Cabinet of U.S. Department of Arts & Culture
WomenArts is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Martha Richards, will serve on the newly formed National Cabinet of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as their Senior Strategist for Women Artists.  In that capacity she will be collaborating with other key leaders to expand our national conversation about the role of arts and culture in our communities and to make sure that women artists are fully represented.
It is important to note that the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a citizen-led volunteer initiative and not a government agency. The U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to take action to support the arts in any meaningful way, allocating only one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget to the arts.  In fact, the 2014 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts, including the funds for administration of the agency as well as for grants to artists, was only $146 million - $16 million less than it was in 1984.  When the numbers are adjusted for the thirty years of inflation since 1984, the 2014 budget was approximately $225 million less in buying power than the 1984 budget. Our government spends twice as much on war every day as it spends on arts for the entire year.
Since our legislators are moving backward, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has been formed to move us forward.  A visionary group of arts activists (including long-time WomenArts collaborator Arlene Goldbard) launched this bold initiative in October 2013 as "a people-powered department, founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change."
The U.S.D.A.C. recognizes that artists have the problem-solving skills that our country desperately needs - imagination, creativity, cooperation, and empathy, and they are working to help people cultivate those skills and share them as widely as possible.
In Arlene Goldbard's moving speech at the inauguration of the first 22 members of the National Cabinet on November 17, she described various cultural policy efforts over the past 36 years, and then summarized our current situation with a quote from Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change:
"There are only two kinds of power in America. There's organized money, and there's organized people. For the last thirty years, organized money has had its way with policy and legislation in our economy. The only possible solution to the predicament we're in is that organized people find their voice and demand a different path."
WomenArts is proud to participate in the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture because we agree with this analysis.  We will never stop lobbying for more government support of the arts and more legislation to improve gender parity, but we have learned from many civil and human rights movements around the world and from our own work that substantial and lasting change can be built through grassroots organizing.
We started Support Women Artists Now Day seven years ago as a way of encouraging women artists to celebrate their successes and to claim their power to move towards a more equitable future. We will be reporting more on SWAN successes in the coming months, but it is already clear that our grassroots SWAN Day initiative is playing an important role in the growing world-wide movement for gender parity in the arts.
WomenArts encourages all of our members to become active in this exciting grassroots initiative.  There are several ways that you can participate in the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture:
  • Sign Up As A Citizen Artist - If you believe that these times call for a deep investment in creativity and imagination, sign up as a Citizen Artist.  When you sign up, you will be put on the mailing list to receive calls for creative action and opportunities to share your skills.  You do not need to identify as an artist or be a U.S. citizen to join.  To sign up, please visit http://usdac.us/enlist/.
  • Apply To Be A Cultural Agent - The USDAC is accepting applications for its second cohort of Cultural Agents until Friday, November 21.  Cultural agents are responsible for organizing an "Imagining" in their community, i.e. "an arts-infused gathering in which a community envisions its ideal future and identifies creative tactics to get there."  Although Cultural Agents are not paid, they will receive 8 interactive training, coalition-building, and resource-sharing calls with the other Cultural Agents, the USDAC team, and invited special guests; one-on-one advisory calls with experienced organizers and facilitators; a shipment of USDAC stickers and buttons; and a modest budget for materials, space, and other expenses. It will be a great opportunity to serve your community and make strong connections with other arts activists.  The deadline for the current round of applications is Friday, November 21.  For more information, please visit:  http://usdac.us/call-for-cultural-agents/
  • People's State of the Union - From January 23-30, 2015, individuals and organizations will host creative gatherings with three main ingredients: art, food, and meaningful dialogue. They will gather stories about community events that reflect the State of the Union from their perspectives.  Some of the stories will be published online and some will be given to a diverse group of poets to shape into a collaborative State of the Union address which will be broadcast online.  If you volunteer to host a gathering, you will receive an online training in facilitating story circles and a toolkit to help you organize a successful event.  For more information, please visit:  http://usdac.us/psotu/
  • Action Calls - From time to time, the USDAC issues Action Calls to everyone on their mailing list and social media networks to encourage creative responses to urgent issues or events, such as police demilitarization or climate change.  Artists are invited to create works on the theme and to share them on the USDAC website.  For more information, please visit http://usdac.us/action-calls1
New Cabinet Member
Martha Richards
Martha Richards
WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards will serve as Senior Strategist for Women Artists on the newly-formed National Cabinet of the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture
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Canadian Theatre Women Address Gender Inequality
The Playwrights Guild of Canada, in partnership with eight stellar Canadian arts organizations, has announced the launch of Equity in Theatre, a new campaign to promote gender equity in theatre.
Led by Rebecca Burton of the Playwrights Guild and Laine Zisman Newman of Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, the Equity in Theatre team is planning a preparatory research study, a symposium to be held in Toronto in April 2015, a website dedicated to Canadian theatre women, live performance events, playreadings, and more.
They hope to foster national and international dialogue, develop social actions that will effect change, and generate greater visibility for Canadian women in theatre.

They also want to draw attention to the systemic discrimination that still permeates the industry:
* Women are the majority of Canadian theatre school graduates, support workers, and audience members, but women hold less than 35% of the key creative jobs.
* Women are over 50% of the members of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, but they are less than 25% of the produced playwrights.  The numbers are even worse for women of color.
* The rates of women's representation in Canadian theatre have been regressing over time. 
The Equity in Theatre team includes Artists Driving Holistic Organizational Change, Associated Designers of Canada, Canadian Actors' Equity, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (Canada), Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. Jennie Egerdie will assist Rebecca Burton.

You can follow Equity in Theatre on Facebook or on Twitter. A website is coming soon!

Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters during March and April 2015.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.

Did You Get Your Free #StageOpps & #ScreenOpps Newsletters?
Women in Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts and the League of Professional Theatre Women is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more.  Click the links below or follow the #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps tags on Twitter.  There are links at the bottom of each funding newsletter which will let you sign up to receive them by email.

Theatre Artists - You can see the October issue of #StageOpps (formerly the Theatre Funding News) by clicking here.

Film/Video Artists - You can see the current issue of #ScreenOpps (formerly the Film/Video Funding News) by clicking here.

To Submit a Listing - To submit a listing for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please visit the Women in Arts and Media Coalition's Submit a Listing Page


The Pekoe Group's November List

The Pekoe Group
Tail! Spin! hit the streets on Election Day to lobby for laughs among the people of this great city. While the polls have long since closed, there is still one very important issue up for debate: which dirty politician are you most like? Take the quiz to find out!
Let's be real: regular heels are uncomfortable, let alone a pair made of glass, and nobody whistles while they scrub the floor. Snow White and her princess posse are kicking these tales-as-old-as-time back to the magic kingdom they came from in the hilarious new musical comedy DISENCHANTED! Performances begin November 26: get your tickets today!
We guarantee that after you see the members of Tziporela Theatre Company perform in their sketch comedy show Odd Birdz, you'll want to be just like them. This month the troupe shared some of their secrets with the regular birds of NYC by doing workshops around the city.
The League of Professional Theatre Women has gone international! Women aren't just making a difference in theatre locally; they are impacting the arts all over the world. To honor these ladies from around the globe, the LPTW awarded Patricia Ariza from Colombia, South America with the Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award and celebrated the work of 20 other nominees from 18 additional countries as a part of their International Awards Week.
How great is Thanksgiving? It's the day where eating too much is encouraged, watching the greatest parade of all time is a given, and tossing around a football (whether or not you've ever touched one before) just feels right. Whatever your holiday traditions, we hope you have many things to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

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