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Archive for June, 2010


Dear Woodhull Community,

We have a handful of fabulous interns this summer! All of them are very talented young women who have volunteered their time and hard work on behalf of Woodhull. Here’s a little introduction to the women behind the scenes!

Learn more about our interns and continue—>


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Featured | Blog

Originally Posted to Peoplegogy on June 23, 2010

Leighann Lord is a Woodhull Alumna, visit her website at www.veryfunnylady.com

Often heard and seen on XM Sirius, comedy clubs, and other venues, Leighann Lord is seriously hella funny. Her comedy is the perfect mix of sarcasm and social commentary. More than a one-liner, she’s rocked on TV – appearing on ABC (The View), HBO (The Original Def Comedy Jam), Comedy Central (The World Stands Up and Premium Blend), Lifetime (Girl’s Night Out), and FoxNews (The Strategy Room). A writer as well, Leighann’s views on an array of topics can be read in Stage Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and on her website: VeryFunnyLady.com. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Leighann Lord.

Will: Who is Leighann Lord? Why comedy?

Leighann: Leighann Lord is a world traveling stand-up comedian, writer, actress, black belt, type A workaholic-perfectionist, and unabashed sci-fi fan. I love writing, performing and making people laugh. It also helps that I hated my day job and being cooped up in a cubicle all day made me itch. And by itch, I mean cry.

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | News | Blog

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Leah Garchik writes:

After the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing 15 years ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton planted the seed for Vital Voices, a nongovernmental organization that works worldwide to support “emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs.” Cissie Swig, profoundly committed to a host of global causes, political campaigns, women’s rights and the arts, is on its board. And last Monday, she invited about 30 friends, mainly women with parallel passions, to dinner at Villa Taverna to meet Vital Voices President Alyse Nelson, who described the group’s work: identifying those women, educating and training them in financial skills, marketing, communication, leadership.

This gathering wasn’t just about providing financial support. After Nelson described projects in nearly 127 countries and suggested the possibility of a Bay Area council, guests leaped in with ideas for participating. Mills College President Janet Holmgren said Mills would be excited to be “the nexus” for a Bay Area presence; Anette Harris, board member for the International Museum of Women, suggested that institution and Vital Voices might work together on a speakers’ series; retired Bishop William Swing of the United Religions Initiative said, “A lot of times religion keeps women from taking a place at the table; we would like to sit down and talk with you about that”; radio producer-writer-Woodhull Institute founder Margo Magowan talked about training women for on-air appearances; and Cissie’s daughter-in-law Darian Swig, whose passion is Human Rights Watch, discussed the importance of supporting Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and suggested joining forces on a Liberia working group.

Cissie Swig had accomplished the evening’s goal, as she expressed in a goodnight wish: “Stay connected.”

Category : Events | Featured | Media | News | Retreats | Woodhull in the News | Blog

Dear Woodhull Community,

My name is Arielle Algarín, I am a rising Junior in the CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and I am a summer intern at the Woodhull Institute.  I am majoring in Political Science and am interested in the expanding role of women in politics and gender equality.  My blog posts will reflect these interests and provide a weekly update of general women’s issues that are being discussed in the media.  The Weekly News Wrap-Up will include opinions and profiles of female leaders in politics and business.  My goal is to provide a resource for you to quickly access information that as a member of the Woodhull community would reflect your interests and keep you up-to-date with current events.

Read on for articles in Elections, The Supreme Court, Business, Immigration, Oil Spill, Women’s Rights, Reproductive Autonomy, and Sports


Category : News | Blog

This week at San Francisco’s City Hall The International Museum of Women and San Francisco Arts Commission opened Economica: Picturing Power and Potential, a juried photo exhibition. The show features photography of women at work around the world, celebrating them as “economic participants and agents of change.”

To put on this show, the jury reviewed works by 150 artists who responded to an international call for submissions. In the end, 20 artists were selected: 6 from the Bay Area, 4 additional U.S. artists, and artists from Japan, Kenya, Brazil, the Netherlands, China, India, Iran, and Canada. The subject matter ranges from teen community leaders in Richmond to opera singers in Brazil to seaweed farmers in Zanzibar.

Seaweed Farmers of Zanzibar, Joanna Lipper

This is an absolutely stunning exhibition. Looking at the gorgeous photographs, I felt as if I were visiting all the countries featured, getting an intimate look at women’s everyday lives while I traveled around the world. You will leave this show inspired and impressed by the strength of these women, and convinced that investing in them will help to change the world.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | News | Blog

(This post first appeared on my blog ReelGirl)

Derek Blasberg's Classy

Perez Hilton justified the crotch shot he posted to his Twitter feed of Miley Cyrus, claiming he was trying to teach her to act like a lady.

Perez isn’t the only guy around instructing women on how to behave. Derek Blasberg, a 27 year old from Missouri, recently came out with a modern manners how-to, just for the gentler sex: Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady.

When I saw this at a bookstore, I thought it was a joke. Alas no, Blasberg sold his wisdom to a publisher, and it’s fast on it’s way to becoming a best-seller. In the intro Blasberg writes: “I can categorize the young women I’ve met through my trials and travails into two groups: ladies and tramps.”


Category : Culture | Media | News | Blog

By Tara Bracco, Woodhull Faculty

Originally Posted to TCG circle on June 11th, 2010

A group of women theatre artists gathered last week at the Julia Miles Theater, home of the Women’s Project, to hear an update on 50/50 in 2020. Launched last year, 50/50 in 2020 is a grassroots movement dedicated to achieving parity for women in theatre.  August Schulenburg’s previous blog post offers a good summary of this issue.

50/50 in 2020 seeks to “empower women and men to create positive change through a variety of independent initiatives.” The group has made several achievements over the last twelve months in regard to raising the visibility of women artists, recognizing them for their work, and building an audience to see plays by women. Here’s what 50/50 members have been up to:


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Blog

by Rima Pancholi, Woodhull Intern

Often unaware of how to properly budget, spend, and save money, people are thrown into debt and financial ignorance. (After all, a credit card is just a piece of plastic.) What does this mean for the woman? Further exacerbating the divide already caused by men receiving greater pay in the workplace, “financial ignorance” leads to poor credit, debt, dependence, and disappointment. (Aka: no more Manolos and getaways to Paris.)

As one of Woodhull’s newest interns, I had the opportunity to attend the “Living Large on Less” seminar with the wonderful Stacy Francis, founder of Savvy Ladies and Woodhull Alumna. Ms. Francis, in her seminar, gave hope to the woman hoping to pay off her credit card debts, become more financially independent, pay for her children’s education, pay off loans, spend money wisely, save for retirement, and invest wisely. (Gotta love those student loans.)


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Education | Events | Seminars | Blog

“I Want to be Treated Better Than You”

Written by Woodhull Alumna,  Leighann Lord
Originally posted to her blog Leighann Lord’s Comic Perspective, on June 4th, 2010.

When I heard that a third Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, had passed away tears sprang to my eyes. And by tears I mean I was sobbing at Panera Bread into my cinnamon french toast bagel. As news spread the text messages, emails and Face Book wall posts of condolence came in from friends who know that I’m a hard core Golden Girls fan.

Category : Media | News | Blog

by Margot Magowan, Woodhull co-founder

Originally posted to her blog ReelGirl June 6th, 2010

Yesterday, The New York Times reported on an exciting, potential political candidate with a stellar resume. Which of these two photos do you think appeared on the paper’s front page?

Diana Taylor


Diana Taylor’s career began as an investment banker with Smith Barney; she then became superintendent of banking under Gov Pataki, emerging as a prescient watchdog who predicted the mortgage crisis; she was chair of Action, a leading microfinance lender which has distributed more than 23 million worldwide, and since last July, has been a member of the board of directors of Citigroup.

But New York Times readers don’t learn any of this information about Taylor’s credentials on the front page of the paper. Reading through this muddled article, whenever I found an actual fact on Taylor’s career, I felt the kind of joy of discovery I see my on my kids faces during a scavenger hunt.


Category : Media | News | Blog
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