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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 to enlighten public discussion in America. Woodhull Fellows are selected by 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.org.

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Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is a novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in a variety of newspapers, including the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She writes regularly for women’s and parenting magazines, including Elle, Glamour, Allure, More, Ladies Home Journal, Child, and Parenting. She had a regular column on Salon.com in which she addressed a wide range of issues, from the incarceration of pregnant women to the Medicare crisis to the political indoctrination of children in the Middle East. Ms. Waldman was born in Israel to a family of pioneers and kibbutzniks and she has written widely on the subject of contemporary Zionism. As a person with bipolar illness, she has also commented on mental health issues from a personal perspective as well as from a larger societal one.

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.

Courtney E. Martin

Courtney E. Martin is a writer, teacher, and filmmaker. Her book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, was published on Simon & Schuster’s Free Press in April of 2007. In it she blends personal essay and cultural critique to explore her generation’s obsession with food and fitness. In addition, one of her essays will be included in We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, out on Seal Press in the Fall of 2009. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Metro—the largest circulation paper in the world, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Utne Reader, Women’s eNews, Poets & Writers, Publisher’s Weekly, Clamor Magazine, The Writer, Barnard Magazine, ReadyMade, off our backs, YES! Magazine, Bust and Bitch Magazine. She is the producer/director of two short documentaries, Stuck in Harlem, One Man’s Story of Gentrification in Harlem and Letter to My Mother, about the Women’s March in Washington DC in April of 2004. She has received the Puffin Foundation Award for emerging artists and screened films at the Harvard School of Education, Cantor Film Center, and Columbia University.
Courtney’s other awards include the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a Clark Foundation Fellowship. She has an M.A. from the Gallatin School at New York University in writing and social change and a B.A. from Barnard College in political science and sociology. She spent six months studying in Cape Town, South Africa.

Alissa Quart

Alissa Quart is working on her third book, to be published by FSG, tenatitvely titled The Maverick Principle. She is the author of Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books 2004) and Hothouse Kids: How the Pressure to Succeed Threatens Childhood (Penguin Press 2006). In addition to writing for The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic and many other publications (see alissaquart.com), she is a Contributing Writer to Mother Jones. She teaches at Columbia’s Journalism School and Columbia’s Teacher’s College, where she is a senior fellow. She is also the author of a book of poetry. She has an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. from Brown University. Alissa is an expert in film and screen culture, consumerism and advertising, adolescence and childhood (especially as they intersect with media and business), gender identity and expression, psychology and “independent” music and media, among other things, She comments frequently on a variety of subjects. Her books have been the feature of segments on The Today Show and 20/20, Lenny Lopate and The Diane Rehm Show, and Marketplace among many others, and have been translated into 10 languages. She has spoken all over the country at many event spaces and at colleges, Brown University and Columbia University among them. Branded was a Common Book at a number of schools and colleges.

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 and 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.