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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 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.org.

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Melissa Bradley

Melissa is Founder and President of New Capitalist™ – providing business development, strategy, and capitalization assistance to emerging and social entrepreneurs. Its mission is to leverage human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses and communities. She is also Managing Director of Positive Impact™ – a collaborative initiative to promote diverse voices and visions within independent media. Launched at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Positive Impact™ is an initiative that seeks to aggregate, document and promote opportunities and achievements of people of color within media. PI’s objectives are to promote ethnic and cultural diversity within independent media through communication, capacity building and capital.

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.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of ten books. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was sixteen and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Economics. At twenty-one she became President of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. In 2003, she ran for governor as an Independent in California’s recall election. Her populist grassroots campaign was widely praised for putting the media spotlight on the corrupting influence of special interest money on American politics.

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.

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, 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.

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.