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At Woodhull we understand that all issues are “women’s” issues from social justice to education, from the constitution to the economy, from science and politics to mathematics. To that end, Woodhull has reached out to women experts in all fields. Woodhull Fellows do not share a single partisan or political position; they stand across the political spectrum. What they do share is the commitment to raise issues in a conscientious way, to encourage open debate, to challenge and enlighten public discussion in America. Woodhull Fellows are selected by a committee, they are experts in their fields and they have committed to to lead with honesty, respect, courage and compassion; to strive for the common ground in decision-making; and to share in community service.

Woodhull Fellows are available for speaking engagements. Please forward all quesitons and booking requests to: Wende Jager-Hyman, Executive Director at wjagerhyman@woodhull.tv.

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Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh has written on presidential politics, interracial romance, youth violence, motherhood and baseball for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Mother Jones to Vogue. Ms. Walsh has run her own consulting business, working with foundations and think tanks on education, race, poverty and youth issues while freelancing for national magazines and raising her daughter. She sits on the board of two non-profits and is a founding member of the Global Women’s Action Network for Children. Her writing, activism, curiosity, diverse networks and management ability have all found full engagement at Salon, where she is excited to move into a new phase of work: building a thriving, self-sufficient, must-read magazine that’s as smart and authoritative about culture and lifestyle as it is about politics, that fulfills the promise of the Web by taking advantage of its immediacy, interactivity and community, and that develops the mass audience it deserves by breaking news, making sense of an increasingly fragmented world, and being a pleasure to read.

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is a poet, novelist and essayist best known for her seven best-selling novels: Fear of Flying, which has sold 20 million copies in thirty-seven languages, How to Save Your Own Life, Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones, Parachutes & Kisses, Shylock’s Daughter (formerly Serenissima), Any Woman’s Blues and Inventing Memory. Her mid-life memoir, Fear of Fifty, also became a major international bestseller. Ms. Jong is also the author of six award-winning collections of poetry. Known for her commitment to women’s rights, authors’ rights and free expression, Ms. Jong is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She established a program for young writers at her alma mater, Barnard College. The Erica Mann Jong Writing Center at Barnard teaches students the art of peer tutoring and Columbia University acquired her literary archive in 2008. Her twenty-second book, due out in February of 2009 from Penguin, is Love Comes First: A Collection of Poems.

Margot Magowan

Margot is a writer and commentator. Her articles on politics and culture have been in Salon, Glamour, the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other newspapers. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Crossfire, Fox News and other TV and radio programs. She has worked as a radio producer for KGO Radio, the ABC affiliate in the Bay Area. She is currently working on a novel about marriage. She lives with her husband and their three daughters in San Francisco.

Amy Richards

Amy Richards is the co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30. For a decade, Amy led Third Wave as it grew from a small grassroots organization into a national institution. At Third Wave, Amy created public education campaigns –and initiated projects such as “I Spy Sexism,” a public education and postcard campaign encouraging people to take action on the injustices that they witness every day, and “Why Vote?,” a series of panel discussions on funding for the arts, education, reproductive rights, and affirmative action. Through this leadership, Amy became a spokesperson and leading voice for young feminist issues. Amy has appeared in a range of media venues including Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah, Talk of the Nation, New York One and CNN. Amy was publicly distinguished as a leader in 1995 when Who Cares magazine chose her as one of twenty-five Young Visionaries. She has gone on to win accolades from Ms. magazine, which profiled her in “21 for the 21st: Leaders for the Next Century,” Women’s Enews, which in 2003 named her one of their “Leaders for the 21st Century,” and the American Association of University Women, which recently chose her as a 2004 Woman of Distinction. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Amy’s first book, which she co-authored with Jennifer Baumgardner, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October of 2000. Amy and Jennifer just completed their second book, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism.

Deborah Siegel, PhD

Deborah Siegel, PhD, is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo, and co-founder of the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online. Deborah’s writings on women’s lives, feminism, masculinity, contemporary families, sex, and popular culture have appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, More, Psychology Today, The Progressive, and The Mothers Movement Online. A Fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and a Board Member of the Council on Contemporary Families, she is a frequent media commentator and lectures at campuses and conferences nationwide.  She is a Founding Partner of She Writes (www.shewrites.com), the leading online destination for women writers today.

Agapi Stassinopoulos

Agapi Stassinopoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. At age 18, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where she received the Ronson Award for best actress of the year. After drama school, Agapi became a member of the Young Vic in London. She developed a TV series called The Gods of Greece for PBS with Adrian Malone, producer of The Ascent of Man and Cosmos. Ms. Stassinopoulos is the author of two books, Conversations with the Goddesses and Gods and Goddesses in Love: Making the Myth a Reality For You. Ms Stassinopoulos utilizes the myths of the Greek Gods and Goddesses as archetypes to help in personal relationships. Her insightful understanding and humor stirs the imagination, enriching our understanding of ourselves and each other. Ms Stassinopoulos has brought her insights into achieving a fulfilled an balance life to Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Soho Rep in New York City, and may colleges and universities around the country.