Check out this months issue of BUST: the magazine for women with something to get off their chests. With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUST provides an uncensored view on the female experience.
The issue features the following article on public speaking by Woodhull’s Tara Bracco!
Speak Easy: Say it Loud, Say it Proud, With These Speech-Giving Tips by Tara Bracco October/November 2010 BUST Magazine. Read Full Article Here
“If you were asked to give a speech to a roomful of people, could you do it? For lots of women, public speaking is scary stuff. But if you back away from the challenge, you may be missing out on things like impressing your boss with a killer presentation or giving a moving toast at your BFF’s wedding. Anyone can be a good public speaker, even if the thought makes your palms sweat and your heart pound. I know because over the past six years, I’ve traveled across the country with the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership– a non-profit dedicated to professional development for women– teaching hundreds of mic-shy gals how to deliver a speech. The hardest part is saying yes when given the opportunity. ” Continue Reading Full Article Here
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.
By Melissa Cober
Published in WE Magazine for Women on August 15th, 2010
In today’s world, women have made many wonderful advances as leaders in their countries, businesses, and communities. However, despite the fact that women currently dominate the field of higher education, the overwhelming majority of powerful leadership positions are still held by men. Moreover, women that have broken this barrier often feel that helping other women will undermine their own successes. Women leaders clearly face unique challenges in their battle upwards; The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership exists to respond to these challenges.
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.”
by Madeline Wheeler (Woodhull Alumna)
Originally posted to The Huffington Post
As a woman, mother and activist, to me, one week in American life and politics is like seven dog years. Women don’t need to worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Keeping up with the news alone is a daunting task.
Here are a few stories that have stirred my inner activist. The star-studded Hope for Haiti Now broke telethon records and raised $57 million. China’s attacks on Google highlight problems with cyberspace freedom, censorship, and intellectual property. All three hang in the balance as governments bustle to catch up with technology. And finally, the Supreme Court overturned limits on corporate campaign finance and, in the words of President Obama, sealed a “major victory for big oil, wall street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests that…drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”
Don’t be overwhelmed by the news. Learn to take part in it.
Written by Woodhull Co-Founder Naomi Wolf, as published in the China Daily on January 22, 2010
As the world struggles to emerge from the economic near-collapse, one sub-group in the United States has slid below the waterline in record numbers: formerly middle-class women. A new report shows that about 1 million American middle-class women will find themselves in bankruptcy court this year. Their number is more than the women who will “graduate from college, receive a diagnosis of cancer, or file for divorce”, according to economist Elizabeth Warren. Their plight, symptomatic in many ways of the plight of women around the world, holds lessons for us all. continue
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