Category Archives: Women

#MeToo 2019 – Bookstore1

Professor Philip Wagner, Julie Jennings, Chris Serio Martin, E. Scott Osborne

Crystal ball, anyone? Where is #MeToo going in 2019? Its already morphed considerably from its 2006 foundations (thanks, Tarana Burke,) but what’s next?

Bookstore1 hosted our GulfCoast Chapter (USNC-UN Women) for a Community Conversation Sunday, January 14, to look at #MeToo. With the help of Professor Phil Wagner (our local expert on masculinities!) and Julie Jennings, recently back from six years in South Korea, we tackled this head on.

Clear-cut answers we had few of, but we did have lots of great ideas and great book recommendations for more reading.

Soraya Chemaly: Rage Becomes Her

Kate Mann: Down Girl, The Logic of Misogyny

Robin Deangelo: White Fragility

See here for more great Chapter events!

Dining For Women Conference

Dining For Women

Knowledge is Power Conference May 4-5

US Institute of Peace, Washington DC

Over 300 chapter members, leaders, grantees, staff, and volunteers gathered in Washington to celebrate DFW’s 15th Anniversary and help plan the future. The energy, sharing, laughter, and learning could not be beaten! Safe to say we all wanted the weekend to continue – how many conferences can you say that about?

See more on DFW’s Facebook and website and, if you’re not a member already – find a Chapter near you and join now!

As one wonderful grantee said at the beginning of her panel remarks, “I didn’t realize it before I came, but this feels like a secret society. You can say anything and everyone just helps you!”

Our 19th Annual Film Festival!

The Through Women’s Eyes (TWE) Film Festival was back at the Sarasota Hollywood 11 this April, bigger and better than ever. Once again we partnered with the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) and our fantastic line-up of 19 short and six feature TWE films included:

  • On Her Shoulders,” a riveting documentary about Nadia Murad, a Yazidi in Northern Iraq
  • Half the Picture,” Amy Adrion’s exploration of women in Hollywood, and, of course,
  • RBG,” the full-length feature which reveals the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsberg before, well, before she was notorious!

I’m delighted to add that RBG won the audience choice award for the entire combined Sarasota Film Festival and TWE.

Through Women’s Eyes is an annual program of the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women-USNC. Our Chapter works to educate the community about gender equality, advocate on behalf of women and girls, and fundraise to support the global programs of UN Women. As Chapter President, I get to witness both the incredible amount of work that goes into this festival as well as the final products on the screen – and of course the reactions of audiences as they see films that make them laugh, cry, and above all, turn to their seatmates and start discussing.