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Dear Woodhull Community,

Now is the perfect time to Donate! Have your $10 donation doubled by JustGive.org for a period of 10 days beginning October 10th to celebrate JustGive.org’s 10 Year Anniversary!

The Woodhull Board has always been committed to not turning away qualified applicants for our programming due to their inability to pay.  But we need your help to continue to provide the training and support that women need to be able to succeed.  We need your help to continue to bring the opinions and voices of women into the public forum.  We need your help to help us improve our interactive community portals.  We need your help to expand our mentorship program.  We need your help to continue to train generations of ethical women leaders regardless of their ability to pay!

Starting Sunday October 10th through October 20th, Please visit


and search for “The Woodhull Institute” and click on the Donate Button next to the first result.

A single donation from each donor will qualify for the additional $10 from JustGive. Donations as small as $10 are accepted. Monthly recurring donations will be matched for the first month only.

Please share this link with friends and family,
post to facebook, twitter, and as many places as you’d like!
Let’s take this wonderful opportunity to support Woodhull and help provide scholarships for more women leaders!
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by Donna Decker, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to Ms. Magazine Blog on September 1st, 2010

“Women I admire have gone through hell to get their work out there,” Erica Jong told us this past weekend. “I’d like to change that for you.”

Despite its sale of 20 million copies worldwide, Jong’s 1973 feminist novel Fear of Flying provoked a backlash, the vestiges of which still own a sliver of Jong’s soul. She quotes verbatim the vitriol of critic Paul Theroux, who called Jong’s heroine, Isadora Wing, “a mammoth pudenda.”

Yet here is Jong nearly 40 years later, having gone through hell, trying to set forth a cooler path for women writers. She and Barbara Victor–the first person to interview Moammar Ghadaffi after the American bombing in Libya in 1986–acted as facilitators for the Master Class Writers Retreat at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership in Ancramdale, New York. The institute is named after Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the U.S. in 1872, 48 years before women could vote.


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The Woodhull Institute is proud to partner with Paradigm Shift NYC in hosting a screening and discussion event of Body Typed, a series of short films that use humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Featuring Jesse Epstein, Sundance Award-Winning Filmmaker. Here are the details!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18th at 6:30 pm
Just outside the Feminist District

The Tank- 354 West 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square

Cost: $12 students/ pre-paid, $15 at door

Watch the trailer and read more information after the jump.  Hope to see you there!


Category : Events | Featured | Media | Women | Blog

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—>


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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.”

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By Beth Fiteni, Environmental Health Advocate, (Woodhull Alumna) as posted in Newsday, November 25, 2009.

I never look forward to Thanksgiving.   Not because my family gatherings are unpleasant, or because I am unpatriotic, but because of what Thanksgiving has come to symbolize: overindulgence, without much thought of consequences.  In a time when more of us are thinking about our impact on the planet, it’s time to re-evaluate how we celebrate this holiday.

Everyone likes to think that Thanksgiving turkeys live in bucolic conditions, but the realities of big-business agriculture in the United States contradict that image.   Some of us may not care if the way our food was produced has negative consequences, but what was Thanksgiving originally supposed to mean?


Category : Culture | Education | Featured | Blog

Need to work on book proposals and pitching ideas?
Want to work with some of the big names
in the business?
If you answered yes, then this is the Retreat for you!

Woodhull is holding its first FICTION Writers’ Retreat.  In a weekend of writing instruction and one-on-one critique, participants gain fundamental knowledge of: novels and young adult book proposals and pitching ideas and marketing trends with Barbara Victor and Melissa Walker.

Spaces are filling up quickly, so sign up today!  Contact Laura Sinkman, at lsinkman@woodhull.org, for an application and a flier to share with your personal and professional networks

BARBARA VICTOR is a journalist who has covered the Middle East for most of her career, has interviewed many of the major heads of state in that area of the world, including Yasser Arafat; King Hassan; Yitzak Rabin; Ariel Sharon and King Hussein. She is the author of five novels, Absence of Pain, Misplaced Lives, Friends, Lovers, Enemies, Coriander, and Reckless.

MELISSA WALKER is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She has written for a number of newspaper and magazines. In late 2008, she launched iheartdaily.com with fellow ex-ELLEgirl Anne Ichikawa. It’s a daily newsletter about likable stuff for a teen audience. Her young adult novels include: Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design, Violet in Private, and Lovestruck Summer.

Date: November 13-14, 2009
Where: Woodhull Retreat Center, Ancramdale, NY (transportation available from Grand Central Station, NYC)
Cost: $495* includes tuition, materials, room and board. (For an additional $50 you can spending the night on Friday Evening.)

*The Woodhull Institutes’s goal is to make it possible for every woman to participate in one of our powerful training programs. To this end, we offer need-based financial aid and scholarships. Further, substantial discounts are available to alumnae and members.

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