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Alumnae and Fellows


Woodhull Alumna Manisha Thakor on ABC News Now – 2/8/2011
Manisha Thakor, Money expert and founder of The Women’s Financial Literacy Initiative, discusses 5 financial trends to watch out for in the post recession economy.

Barbara Victor- The Future of Egypt- February 3rd, 2011
Woodhull Senior Fellow Barbara Victor, Middle East expert, follow up interview on Gil Gross Program, KGO about Egypt’s future.

Barbara Victor talks Egypt with Ed Baxter and Jennifer Jones, KGO Morning News- February 3rd, 2011
Woodhull Senior Fellow Barbara Victor, Journalist and Middle East Expert, analyzes the events in Egypt, and the Middle East and how they may effect the United States and all of us!

Woodhull Alumna Karon Jolna’s “A Road Map for Leadership: Why women’s studies needs the sort of course this author teaches.” Ms. Magazine Winter, 2011
Karon Jolna discusses the importance of Leadership training for women.

Woodhull Fellow Joanna Lipper Profiled in Cover Story of Arts Section: “A Champion for Working Women” NEXT Newspaper, Nigeria. April 25, 2010
Joanna Lipper cover story interview about her life, work, and mission. “I’m very interested in women at work and in women and their professions. I did the seaweed farmers in Zanzibar and I’m interested in continuing to explore women and their professions. I’m hoping to visit (Nigeria) as much as I can and I’m hoping to see as much as possible (of the environment)”.

Fellow Joanna Lipper’s Newest Award-winning Film
“The film highlights the resilience of children, and that’s where the hope lies,” says Lipper. “Children in difficult circumstances turn inward more. They express themselves through imagination and fantasies, and by repeating traumatic scenes they’ve lived through, they somehow revise that experience, and healing takes place through revision. Robert, in the film, hears his grandmother’s story of the Holocaust and develops the fantasy that he himself goes and kills Hitler.”

Woodhull Fellow, Courtney Martin, discussing Sarah Palin on the Brian Lehrer Show
Brian Lehrer Asks, Is Palin a Feminist?And a Woodhull woman answers… Click on the link to watch the conversation

The Power of Political Theater
by Tara Bracco (Woodhull 1, Writers 1, Faculty)As an artist, I’ve always believed the creating and the producing of political theater to be an act of leadership. Political artists take risks, tell stories people aren’t always ready to hear, and hold up a mirror to reflect the realities – both good and bad—of our society. Artists decide what stories get created, seen, and heard by the public. They are actively shaping the culture around us, as theater raises the antenna of people’s social and political consciousness….Read more at The Brooklyn Rail

Woodhull Community Member and author, Rinku Sen, invites you to learn more about her new book and to participate in the exciting events planned as a part of her book tour.

A Woodhull Fellow on ABC News
Our very own Courtney Martin on ABC News discussing the impact of Keira Knightly opting out of breast enhancements for her new movie.”Keira Knightly is essentially giving young women permission to stand up in their communities and their schools and their families and say, ‘Look, this is the way I look and it is OK,” said “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters” author Courtney Martin.”
(CM quoted in “Keira Says No to Bigger Bust-
The 23-year-old Says She’s Proud of Her Natural Body and Doesn’t Want Film Promos Enhanced
July 29, 2008)See Courtney in a video clip of this piece and read the rest of the article at abc.com

A Principal Comes out to His Students, and His Bosses are Fine with It
A Principal Comes out to His Students, and His Bosses are Fine with It
Going public —in public schoolBy Joie Jager-Hyman
Tuesday, July 29th 2008One day in early May, Michael Soet, the principal of the International High School in Brooklyn, took over the 11th-grade social-studies classes for the day. The juniors had been learning about McCarthyism, and Mr. Michael, as he is affectionately known by his students, saw an opportunity to elaborate on some of the themes of the class by doing something that he had been waiting for just the right moment to do. He announced to his students that he is gay.Read the rest at the villagevoice.com

Woodhull Alumnae Are Making A Difference
Madeline Wheeler of Warren Ma., has received the 2008 Unsung Heroines Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She was nominated by Senator Stephen Brewer for her advocacy work with survivors of interpersonal violence on the Warern and Palmer Domestic Violence Task Forces and for sharing her story and personal mission to help empower other survivors and uplift fellow advocates.The mission of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Massachusetts The Commission stands for fundamental freedoms, basic human rights and the full enjoyment of life for all women throughout their lives.
The purpose of the Commission is to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life and to promote rights and opportunities for all women. The Commission exists to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Massachusetts.On May 14th, 2008 the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) will host its Fifth Annual Unsung Heroine Celebration at the Massachusetts State House. This event will honor 287 Unsung Heroines who are women who quietly, without fanfare or recognition, make their communities and the Commonwealth better places. Our Unsung Heroines don’t make the news, but they truly make a difference!

Don’t forget the F-word
By Erica Jong for the GuardianErica Jong on how the hope she had for women in 1968 has been extinguished
Erica Jong
Saturday April 12, 2008
It’s an artifice of journalism to choose a given year and pretend that year “changed everything”. We constantly hear in the United States that 9/11 “changed everything”, yet – for most of humanity – life is still as nasty, brutish and short in 2008 as it was in 1008 or 2008 BC. If it is so for man, it is doubly so for woman – since women and children are the main victims of war – if we go by numbers. But can numbers easure pain? Probably not.
It is a good time for me to be thinking about feminism over the past 40 years, as this week I am in Rome with other writers, thinkers and artists (including Bernardo Bertolucci, Joschka Fischer and Slavoj Zizek) for a festival of philosophy to mark the anniversary of 1968. In 1968, there was a great feeling of hope that things might change, that women might escape from beatings and rape and malnutrition in the eloping world, and that, in our supposedly civilised world, they might find law degrees, medical degrees, political advancement and economic parity with their brothers and fathers. Not to mention their husbands.

“Community Beyond the Classroom: Theory Through Practice” Appears in Feminist Collections 28.4
By Elizabeth M. CurtisAs previous round-ups have revealed, weblogs provide strong pedagogical tools for women’s and gender studies practitioners. By bringing blogs into the classroom as a novel forum for course work and discussion, instructors can help students practice important skills for critical analysis, writing proficiency, and technological literacy while also strengthening their classroom community and creating a space to continue in-class conversations that are cut short by time restrictions. By bringing classrooms to the blogosphere, instructors initiate an expansion of the discussion of feminist theory from the isolation of the academy to more publicly accessible debate.

Notes from an Intergenerational Conversation
by Courtney E. Martin and Deborah SiegelAuthors Deborah Siegel, 39, and Courtney E. Martin, 28, have been traveling the country talking about their recent books about young women and also as part of an intergenerational conversation series with the name: WomenGirlsLadies: A Fresh Conversation Across Generations.

Come Together? Yes We Can.
by Courtney E. Martin and Deborah Siegel in The Washington PostAs, respectively, a woman in her 20s who voted for Barack Obama and a woman pushing 40 who, yes,
voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton, we still play nicely together. And we’re sick of the way our
presidential candidates’ female supporters are being pitted against one another in an electoral mud- wrestling match. When primary season is over, Democrats will need to rally behind the nominee. And it’ll be far easier to put our heads together then if we spend less time cracking skulls now.

Curb Kids’ Inappropriate Behavior
by April Boland on Austin American-Statesman, STATESMAN.COMThe film “Teeth” tells the “horror” story of a young girl who has teeth in her vagina, wreaking havoc on any male who would dare impose his sexual wishes on her.In the age of products like Rapex, an anti-rape device a woman can wear that has teeth and serves a similar function, this can lead to some interesting questions. For example, do school-age children like the film’s protagonist really need protection from sexual harassment? Perhaps we will admit that high school students may face these issues, but what about middle and elementary school students? Surely they are too young to deal with such a problem.

Painful Past Points Way to Life’s Mission
MassLive.com feature on Madeline WheelerMadeline A. Wheeler (Woodhull Alum) has intensified her fight against domestic and date violence by writing and performing a one-woman play, “Revealing Frankie.” The show, which debuted before a select audience in the spring at the Molly Bish Center at Anna Maria College in Paxton, had its public premiere on Oct. 24 at Palmer High School.

Palmer Students Told Story of Domestic Abuse
MassLive.com feature on Madeline WheelerIn the dark auditorium, Madeline Wheeler (Writers 5 alum) brought the story of her life, “Revealing Frankie,” to Palmer High School on Thursday, revealing a gripping account of a childhood marked by abuse. As the coordinator of the new Palmer Domestic Violence Task Force, Wheeler says her mission is to reach other sufferers of abuse.

Wage War
by Charlotte Fishman in the Los Angles Daily JournalIn Ledbetter v.Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the Supreme Court held that to be timely,a pay discrimination claim must be brought within 180 days of the initial decision to discriminate or lost forever. It is not an overstatement to observe that the Ledbetter decision renders Title VII virtually useless as a tool for combating pay discrimination.

Fairness and Steroids: What the Mitchell Report Tells America About Itself
by Lisa Witter, a regular contributor on The Huffington PostWhen the steroid story broke it was big news. Initially I was appalled, but not about the findings.I was appalled that it was headline news during a time of war, during global warming climate talks in Bali, during a time when Americans are losing their homes through sub-prime mortgages and during a time when the Iowa Caucuses are nearly two weeks away. Despite my childhood love affair with baseball, how can baseball and steroids really be breaking news?

Oh, Obama!
by Courtney E. Martin originally published in Wiretap and reprinted on thenation.comThe UK Guardian reported this week that Barack Obama has been traveling with a copy of Robert Kennedy’s biography. They surmise that he is studying up on one of America’s great orators, hoping to pick up some pointers as he heads into what is sure to be quite an adventure–not just for him, his family and staff–but for an entire nation hungry for change.

TAKEBACK MY TV: Think Before You Recycle
by Jennifer Van Der Meer on Inhabitat.comThe tale of what happens to your old, forgotten television sets is sad, shocking, and may even turn you off from the very idea of recycling your gadgets. So before we begin, let’s start out by noting that there are responsible ways to recycle or decommission your old TVs and other electronics waste that you have sitting in your garage or storage closets. We’ll get there. But first – take a look at the recent TakeBack My TV campaign, brought to you by the Basel Action Network

The Democratic Republic of Congo, Hope and Chicken Dinners
by Lisa Witter, a regular contributor on The Huffington PostLast Thursday morning, I was e-mailed a news report about an 11-month-old baby girl who had died in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a day after she was raped. As a mother of a six-month-old, my stomach turns thinking about what this baby went through and I can’t imagine the suffering of her mother. Here we go again, I think to myself. Another Heart of Darkness with very little for me to do except be depressed and pray that something happens soon to end the hell on earth.

Postpartum Recession
by Charlotte Fishman in Los Angeles Daily JournalMany a parent has admonished a child with “See these gray hairs? You’ve taken years off my life!” But how would you react if your mother complained that you had taken a bite out of her pension?Well, that’s what happened to mothers who spent their entire careers in the telecommunications industry. Women who got pregnant before the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 were treated differently than employees who were temporarily disabled for other reasons.

An Alliance for Young Women Who Rock
by Ingrid Hu Dahl in Youth Media ReporterThe Girls Rock Camp Alliance—comprised of representatives from across the globe who run rock n’ roll camps for girls—met for the first time last month to brainstorm ways to organize what has become a grassroots movement of burgeoning non-profits. The alliance is dedicated to empowering young girls through music-making as well as an enhanced understanding of gender and political identity.

Music=Youth Media
by Ingrid Hu Dahl in Youth Media ReporterJust as youth media programs across the U.S. are redefining mainstream media, youth-created music is changing the face of music. Youth music is enabling underrepresented groups to take leadership in shaping the industry. Specifically, teaching young women to find voice in writing original music and performing in all-girl bands mirror the mission of many youth media organizations to encourage young people to come to voice and power.

Homeowners: Take charge of your own debt
by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar in The Denver PostThe mortgage blame game is the hottest ticket in town. With close to 2 million foreclosures expected this year, politicians are lining up to swoop in and save the day. Fingers are pointing in many directions – at predatory lenders, greedy mortgage brokers, lack of government oversight, etc.Yet, today’s mortgage mess is but a symptom. The root illness is financial illiteracy.

Who’s Your Nanny?
by Heather Hewett in the Washington PostI loved “The Nanny Diaries,” the 2002 bestseller by a pair of former nannies who served up a merciless satire of the overly moneyed in Manhattan, their neglected children and their exploitive ways with the domestic help. Part comedy, part class commentary, the novel was a good laugh, and I expect I’ll enjoy the movie version that opened on Friday every bit as much.But as a working mother, I can’t help noting how little the story has to do with reality — either with the situation of parents like me, who depend on nannies and babysitters to care for our children, or with the lives of most women who work as caregivers.

Mi Compañera
by Miriam Pérez on RH Reality CheckDoula care is expanding across the United States as more people become familiar with the concept and more women seek out their services for labor and delivery. As this expansion continues as a part of the wider movement to change the standards of maternity care in the United States (by lowering intervention rates, increasing midwifery care and educating women about birthing options), there are doulas trying to apply their skills to another arena of women’s reproductive lifecycle: abortion care.

Terror Dreams and Warnings — A Wake-up Call
by Deborah Siegel on The Huffington PostThis weekend I attended a reading of The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, by Naomi Wolf, and finished Susan Faludi’s new book, The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America. Perhaps it is no coincidence that, within months of each other, two of the most prominent feminist voices of the 1990s have hit the ground running with stirring takes on the social, political, and cultural fallout of 9/11. Who better to expose the myths and media narratives that have justified the increasing power of a Cowboy President, gun slinging blusters on a global scale, and the erosion of democratic rule of law here at home than feminist critics?

What next for the sexual revolution?
by Deborah Siegel in The GuardianCritics say that so-called third-wave feminism has failed the generation of women who have grown up in its wake, but that’s simply not true.

Unrequited Love: Musings on Girls Gone Mild
by Deborah Siegel on The American ProspectAuthor Wendy Shalit wrongly blames lenient baby-boomer parents and third-wave feminists for the hyper-sexual culture that surrounds young women, and in doing so loses potential allies in her nascent “modesty movement.”

Women’s Studies Writers Vie for More Media Turf
by Courtney E. Martin on Women’s eNewsUsually the Sunday morning slot of an academic three-day conference is a ghost town.But “Publishing in Women’s Studies: A Public Voice” had professors with roller bags postponing flights and scribbling furiously on their notepads as Deborah Siegel described her journey from doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin to New York public intellectual and author of the 2007 book “Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild” (Palgrave) about infighting, both historical and contemporary, within the feminist movement.”I was sitting in this academic perch with my hands in all this knowledge and feeling frustrated with the limitations of where my work was going,” recounted Siegel.

Heads nodded vigorously around the room.

Why I Stayed Home on St. Patrick’s Day
by Suzanne Grossman on The Huffington PostI often wonder why New Yorkers only choose St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture when on any given night of the week in NYC you can hear some of the best Irish traditional music players in the world for free at the local pub.

Jews in Iran enduring anti-Semitism
by Joie Jager-Hyman on MetroBlogThis week, Jews all over the world are celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights. It is a relatively minor holiday to commemorate “miracles,” most notably the Israelites’ victory against the mighty Greek invaders in 175 B.C.E. Because it usually falls around Christmastime, Hanukkah’s holiday status has been elevated. Considering that only three percent of Americans are Jewish, it is almost a miracle in itself that our small community is so openly recognized, and that our Christian neighbors invite us to join in their religious festivities.

Preserve integration in schools
by Joie Jager-Hyman on MetroBlogThis week, the Supreme Court heard two new school desegregation cases. Both suits were initiated by white students who were turned away from particular schools in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle because of race-conscious admissions policies designed to preserve school integration. In 1954, the NAACP fought to integrate schools so that African-American children could have access to a quality education. However, is it fair to deny a white student entrance to a school because the administration has set aside a certain percentage of seats for minority students?

Picturing children – Filmmaker Joanna Lipper focuses on the lives of adolescents
By Kerry A. Sullivan, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Article Launched:10/19/2006 01:00:00 AM EDT
Saturday, October 14When it comes to doing her job, independent filmmaker Joanna Lipper thinks like a psychologist.
“There is a close link between being a film director and understanding people from a psychological perspective,” she says. “Every filmmaker has a different approach, but the questions you ask as a psychologist and a film director — questions about relationships, dreams, aspirations — are the same.”The 34-year-old director’s most recent project — a remake of directors Ray Ashley, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin’s 1953 drama, “Little Fugitive” — will have its New England premiere on Saturday at 12 noon at Images Cinema as part of the Williamstown Film Festival, which opens today and runs through Oct. 29.

Politics, Youth and The Deception Circus
by Courtney E. Martin on MetroBlogLast Christmas, my boyfriend and I gave his mom a book of John F. Kennedy photographs. She sat at the kitchen table for hours afterward, slowly turning the pages and studying each one. “I remember this,” she would exclaim, pointing at an iconic shot of JFK exiting his plane or kissing a baby. Then she would shake her head, tears welling up in her eyes. “Such a shame. Such a shame,” she repeated over and over.

So a man comes into the emergency room and…….
by Tara Bracco in Clamor MagazineAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, 45 million Americans went without health insurance coverage in 2004. Uninsured and underinsured people are often faced with difficult decisions: putting costly doctor visits on credits cards, which escalates personal debt; staying at an unwanted job in fear of leaving and becoming uninsured;
delaying the purchase of expensive prescriptions because they don’t fit within the monthly budget. Put simply, America’s health care system is failing its citizens.What will it take to ensure that all U.S. residents have equal access to health care?

Baby Blues
by Helaine Olen on Salon.comBetty Friedan famously called the unhappiness of mothers in the post-World War II era “the problem that has no name.” More than 40 years after the publication of “The Feminine Mystique,” we’re still trying to come up with a diagnosis and cure..