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8412 Tysons Trace Court, Vienna, VA 22182
According to Modern Language Notes, “Translators…give English readers the world.”
In keeping with that statement, Daughters of Kerala attempts to share with the reader the life of a people in a small state in India, with only about 32 million people. It is home to less than 3% of India’s population. Sentiments and thoughts once isolated by the indigenous Dravidian language of Kerala-Malayalam- are shared with the English speaking world in this collection. As suggested by the title, the selection was meant to highlight the struggles and triumphs of Kerala women.
The original stories, written over a period of seventy years, depict the lives of women there-- women who are poor, rich, educated, not so educated, married, divorced and unmarried. Everyone who reads the book will identify with one story or other. The stories have an additional appeal—most of them face up to social issues that remain relevant even today.
In her presentation on “Daughters of Kerala” Achamma Chandersekaran explains Kerala’s unique culture and customs as they relate to the stories in the book in an interesting and insightful fashion. She has toured the United States, UK and Canada speaking about different aspects of “Daughters of Kerala.” At the NWSA conference in California she spoke about the Unique Dimension Provided by “Daughters of Kerala” in Developing Women’s Studies as a Transnational Project
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182-12 Horace Harding Expy.,
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Phone: (718) 762-1195
Description: “Women in American Jewish Music Today” is a lecture/presentation by music historian Robert Cohen, accompanied by an exhilarating variety of recorded musical illustrations, on the distinctive contributions of women to American Jewish music in the 20th century and today.
We'll consider some women in the Hebrew Bible and some music inspired by them, and then sample the varied menu of women’s contributions to the repertoire of American Jewish music: from early 20th-century "hazzantes" (performing cantors) to today's synagogue cantors; from settings of Biblical texts to new spiritual melodies for prayer (especially for the New Month and for contemporary healing services); and from new Yiddish and Ladino folk songs to invigorating a cappella harmony singing and klezmer and fusion ensembles — plus Jewish bluegrass! Throughout, we'll be asking: Are the voices of Jewish women changing Jewish music, and if so, how?
Robert Cohen has produced and hosted over 100 radio programs on Jewish culture and identity — including National Public Radio's One People, Many Voices: American-Jewish Music Comes of Age and his own Yedid Nefesh (Friend of the Soul) series in New York. He has lectured and taught at the New York Public Library, the New England Conservatory of Music, the American Jewish Historical Society, Skidmore College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the New School (where he worked with Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Liz Swados, Richie Havens, Julie Gold, and other notable musicians) — as well as for Hadassah educators, National Council of Jewish Women chapters, and the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. He has written on Jewish music and American folk music for Moment magazine and other publications; written on women in Jewish music for Women's American ORT Reporter; and produced the compilation CD Open the Gates! New American-Jewish Music for Prayer (www.cdbaby.com/openthegates), which features the music of Debbie Friedman, Hanna Tiferet Siegel, Linda Hirschhorn, Elizabeth Swados, Myrna Rabinowitz, and numerous other Jewish musicians and composers. “Without exaggeration, I have listened to my CD for hours on end,” wrote one listener, “tapping, humming, dancing, chanting, and praying. You really have opened the gates of this woman’s heart.” “Much of the music is already part of my ‘life dance,’” wrote another. “It’s an awesome CD.”
138 Knickerbocker Rd.
Englewood NJ, 07631
Description: Celebrating Women! A dynamic, multimedia PowerPoint presentation of photographs enlivened by award-winning author Penny Colman’s narration and commentary. For fifteen years, Colman has traveled throughout America to parks, cemeteries, historic sites, city streets, buildings, nature preserves, gardens, etc. to locate and photograph monuments, markers, and memorials to historic women. Now, she has compiled her extraordinary collection of photographs into an entertaining, informative, and inspiring presentation that can be adapted to suit different venues. Colman is the author of many biographies and social histories including Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front In World War II and Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories about Women Who Made a Difference.
P.O. Box 362
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 712-4400
Description: Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. has studied the historic drive to win the vote by American women for over 15 years. After attending the University of Santa Clara in California, he joined the staff of the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence in Palo Alto where he designed and co-edited “The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States” (Peace Press: 1977). This illustrated history traced nonviolent tactics and philosophy throughout U.S. history from William Penn to Martin Luther King, Jr., and awakened an interest in the woman suffrage movement. Moving to Pt. Reyes Station in 1977, he opened Robert Cooney Graphic Design and subsequently created hundreds of books, publications, and special projects for commercial and non-profit clients. In 1993 he started the Woman Suffrage Media Project to coordinate and further efforts to popularize this little known part of American history. He also began research for a photographic history of the suffrage movement, and over the following years visited or corresponded with major libraries and historical societies across the country. Recipient of a research grant from The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard, he served as a researcher and consultant for several suffrage related books, publications, and films including the PBS documentary, “One Women, One Vote.” After over a decade of work, he completed the lavishly illustrated, 500 page history, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” full of facts and images documenting women’s early political achievements. The book received glowing reviews and was recommended as an essential resource for the nation’s public and school libraries. He has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Constitution Center, and the Library of Congress, emphasizing in particular the successful grassroots political campaigns suffragists waged between 1910 and 1920. Mr. Cooney received the “Write Women Back Into History” Award in 2005 from the National Women’s History Project in recognition of his work uncovering this empowering chapter in American history. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he lives with his wife in Half Moon Bay, California and is available to speak in California and nationally about this important part of American history.
337 East 50th Street
Coauthor of Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success, Carol draws on her research as well as her experience as a practicing attorney to demystify negotiation and enable women to get to "yes" with less stress. She also co-founded Negotiating Women, Inc., an advisory firm committed to helping organizations advance women into leadership positions. Carol has appeared on The Today Show among other TV shows. Her advice has been featured by NPR, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The New York Times and more.
Keynote or Breakout Session Topics: Unlike most keynote presentations, these elicit and encourage audience participation to ensure your group is involved, inspired, and empowered. Combining insights regarding why women must negotiate for the things they most want in life with practical advice about how to do it authentically, these messages are appropriate for women of all ages and life stages.
Her Place at the Table: Negotiating What Matters
Research suggests that women are excellent at negotiating for others. They are not as good at negotiating for themselves. Yet, it is clear that regardless of how you define career success, you must proactively advocate for what you want in order to realize your aspirations. Hear about “The Tiara Syndrome”, “drive-by” negotiations as well as ways to avoid “V-8″ moments that can haunt you!
Inspiration for Negotiation Success
The secrets to negotiating successfully – believing that you can be successful, being proactive and being well prepared – are the three keys to getting great outcomes. Hear about women who took charge of their careers - and their lives – using negotiation as the way to shape their futures.
PO Box 8024
Madison, WI 53708
Description: Tret has been a part of the world of women's music and folk music for 35 years. Not only has she pursued a music career with the utmost integrity, she has also pioneered the world of women in music production and engineering. In the 70s, she was one of the first women recording engineers in Los Angeles, where she worked for 12 years as a studio engineer. She also has produced countless records including her own as well as June Millington, Cris Williamson and the well-loved "Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall" She continues to tour and produce, bringing her music and her talent to the world through personal and political songs, storytelling and musical sound expression. She produces women artists in Madison, WI through her production company, Tomboy girl Productions, and runs a retail business in Madison, Tomboy girl , named after her popular song of the same name. She is also Vice President of the North American Traveling Musician's Union, Local 1000, working hard to encourage all musicians to take care of their future as well as their present.
100 Birch Hill Lane, Dallas, PA 18612
Performance Description: Women's Images and Issues of the 20th Century. Popular culture is one window through which we can learn about society. The conflicting stereotypes of women--and the ways those images both influenced and mirrored the changes in women's lives over the decades--form a fascinating social history. This is both an informative and entertaining program based on the author's award-wwinning five-book series. Other program presentations by Catherine Gourley focus on female child labor and women correspondents of the second world war. Gourley is currently the national director of Letters About Literature, a reading promotion program for children and young adults sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
100 Armory Court #107
Jackson, Michigan 49202
Phone: 517-795-2112; Cell: 305-336-1403
Description: Judy Gail Krasnow is the author of "Rudolph, Frosty, and Captain Kangaroo," a memoir about her father, Hecky Krasnow who produced classics like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," recorded by celebrities including Gene Autry, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore, and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo). McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, the advent of television and rock 'n' roll and its effects upon entertainment for youth are all part of this book. Ken Emerson writes in the Wall Street Journal, "In her fond and frequently fascinating memoir, Mr. Krasnow's daughter, Judith Gail Krasnow, chronicles the creation … of holiday novelty songs. Although few such novelties endure … Mr. Krasnow's productions reappear year after year. … Many of Ms. Krasnow's childhood memories -- the mingled scents of cowhide and cologne in Gene Autry's dressing room, her first encounter with racially segregated toilets in that cradle of U.S. history, Williamsburg, Va., the thuggish disruption of a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, N.Y. -- ring vividly true." Judy Gail Krasnow is a Chautauqua Scholar and performance artist as well as an author. She brings legendary women to life through historic portrayals, storytelling, song, and keynotes. Historical portrayals include Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring," saloon-smashing Temperance activist, Carry Nation, and Mary Barr Munroe, founder of Everglades National Park. "Women in Labor", captures the courage of heroines such as Mother Jones, Clara Lemlich, and Dolores Huerta. "Women of Valor" presents Herstory from pioneers to astronauts. "Tales of Adventure and Accomplishment" takes journeys with adventurers like Congo explorer Mary Henrietta Kingsley. Programs, speeches, and book talks are for all ages and adapted accordingly from young audiences to seniors.
730 Second Street #469
PO Box 469
Phone: (707) 636-2888
Fax: (707) 636-2909
Description: Believing that knowing the importance of women’s historic achievements creates a larger, more expansive vision of what is possible, MacGregor in 1980 co-founded the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), which spearheaded the movement for what has become National Women’s History Month. MacGregor has served as the Executive Director of the NWHP for the past 25 years. During that time, she has worked with leaders of national women’s organizations to encourage them to celebrate their own organizations’ history as well as to build coalitions to develop programs and events that celebrate the vast array of women’s historic achievements. She has worked with school districts throughout the country to train teachers in ways to integrate a multicultural women’s history perspective into the school curriculum. She is a recognized expert in the field of women’s history and has keynoted hundreds of women’s history events and conferences.
Studio: 220 South Berlin Road, Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Mailing: PO Box 32, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026
Description: Performance Description: Soraida Martinez is a nationally recognized artist/writer/social advocate who since 1992 has been promoting peace and tolerance through her Verdadism paintings with written social commentaries. Some of the themes that the artist addresses in her presentation are racism, sexism, stereotyping, ethnocentrism, feminism, personal relationships, healthcare and current social issues that affect 21st century America society. The purpose of Soraida’s Verdadism Exhibition is to promote humanity through art and words that foster open-mindedness and acceptance of the differences in all human beings. The artist has appeared at major universities, corporations and institutions (e.g., Columbia University, Trinity College, Towson University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department of Community Development, Vanguard Group) throughout the northeast, but is available nationwide. She is also the author of a book on the art of Verdadism and she has been recognized by educational and governmental organizations for her socially conscious art and social statements. This presentation is appropriate for college level students and adults.
Availability: New Jersey
These Latinas serve as examples—that each of us has the power to make a positive mark in this world.
Sylvia’s other lecture topics include:
The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength & Success was selected for the 2007 California Collection for High Schools by the California Readers’ Association. Sylvia has presented at C-Span Book TV, The L.A. Times Festival of Books, Book Expo America, Southern California Writers’ Conference and Latino Book & Family Festival.
Sylvia earned her M.A. in Digital Journalism from National University, her B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California, and certification in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. A journalist, author, teacher, and editor, Sylvia continues to adamantly believe in the power of the written word, that every person has a story to tell—and that these stories need to be shared.Availability: National
PO Box 236, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (Booking Agent Tam Martin) 503-281-3874
Description: Using concert, keynote, and song/talk formats, Holly Near presents story-telling, song and critical thinking to bring attention to contemporary feminism and activism. Her work is a quintessential example of a period in our history that needs to be told. Her story gives context and life to the social change movements of the 1970's and 80's including the anti-war movement, the women's movement, the women's cultural movement, the gay rights movement, the environmental movement, and the global peace movement. Near's work in these movements is a primary example of how Women Change America and telling her story is teaching women's history. She demystifies activism and invites a new generation into the power path of social change.
Availability: National and International
3419 Via Lido, Suite 614
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Description: Activist, author and speaker, Zoe Nicholson presents her story about the 1982 fast for the Equal Rights Amendment. Leading you through living history with slides and actual documents she shares her intimate diary about joining with 6 women to live on water only for 37 days in Springfield, Illinois. Historical and inspiring, she speaks from the heart with intimacy and humor. This session should particularly benefit those who are interested in civil disobedience, political action, living history and equality.
Imagine being able to hear directly from Alice Paul or Lucy Burns. Zoe Nicholson brings history to life, refuses to give up and continues to inspire. This is a rare opportunity to actually meet and talk with a woman who made history, who was present when the ERA failed and continues to carry the torch for EQUITY. Her entire life is identified in the work for gender equity.
You will hear the politics, the frustration, the dedication and, most importantly, her indomitable spirit. It is impossible to leave untouched. This is not a Hollywood story, as is Iron Jawed Angels. This is not a story pieced together by letters and interviews. This is direct access to a woman who was there and has made the brave decision to not give up, not give in. Her story is documented, inspired and timeless; women must achieve equality under the law in the US and the world.
Description: Ruth Rosen is a pioneering historian of gender and society and an award-winning journalist. She is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California at Davis, where she taught American history, women's history, history and public policy, and immigration studies for over two decades. The recipient of the University of California Distinguished Teaching Award and many national fellowships, including two from the Rockefeller Foundation, she has lectured all over the world and was a visiting professor at the European Peace University in Austria and Ireland and at the U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She is the editor of the The Maimie Papers, a New York Times Notable Book in l978; and the author of The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America 1982; and The World Split Open: How The Modern Women s Movement Changed America 2001, a Book of the Month and Quality Paperback Selection; Los Angeles Times Best Books published in 2000; Finalist for Non-Fiction Award for Bay Area Reviewers Association. As a journalist, she wrote hundreds of op-ed columns for the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers between1991-2000 and contributed many essays to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, the Women s Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. In 2000, she joined the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board and wrote both editorials and twice-a-week columns on the op-ed page. For her distinguished journalism, she received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the East Bay Press Club, the National Association for the Mentally Ill, the California Public Health Association, the National Federation of Women Legislators, and the Hearst Corporation. Her editorials and columns focused on a broad range of subjects, including foreign policy, homelessness; the politics of health care, space-based weapons and the missile defense system; the politics of parole and prisons, reproductive rights, and environmental health. Until she left in 2004, she wrote extensively on the Bush administration s politicization of science, its violations of civil rights and liberties through the PATRIOT ACT, constraints on FOIA, and the Presidential Records Act, and the deceptions that led to the war in Iraq. She is now a senior fellow writing and speaking about how we would change, reframe and rethink domestic and global public policy if women really mattered. Accustomed to writing and speaking to the general public, she has appeared on NewsHour, NBC News, Fox News and hundreds of NPR and commercial radio programs.
2450 N. Lake Ave. #112, Altadena, CA 91001
Ellen Snortland is a Ms. Magazine contributor, weekly columnist for the Pasadena Weekly, co-chair of FiftyFifty Leadership and author of "Beauty Bites Beast." She is listed in Barbara Love’s encyclopedia “Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975.” Her presentations are lively, provocative and funny. Dateline NBC featured "Beauty Bites Beast" and was picked up by MSNBC as one of the most repeated segments to date. Her documentary based on "Beauty Bites Beast" is a journey of transformation for women who work in a Mexican factory through physical and verbal empowerment. As a college lecturer, Ms. Snortland always packed her classes because of her humor and accessible grasp of complex gender issues. A non-practicing lawyer, Ms. Snortland is a great speaker for law schools, women's studies classes and for students ranging from middle school through university graduate programs. She’s also been a popular speaker for service organizations like Rotary, Soroptomists and Zonta. She was an NGO delegate to the UN 4th World conference on women. She's also a playwright and performs her own one woman show, "Now That She's Gone." And remember, "With a name like Snortland, she'd better be good!"
Availability: National and International
P.E. 8547 E. Arapahoe Road, PMB J189
Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1430\
Description: Co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, Jill S.Tietjen is an author, speaker, and electrical engineer. She is one of the top historians in the country on scientific and technical women. She is the CEO of Technically Speaking, a national consulting company specializing in improving opportunities for women and girls to have more career options in technology. Tietjen uses highly visual PowerPoint presentations, accompanied by a beautiful banner stand display, to highlight women’s accomplishments from U.S. history as documented in Her Story. Topics are usually customized to the audience and include: “The Power of the Women on Whose Shoulders We Stand”, “Not Without the Women”, “Black Women Who Changed America,” and “Dare to Dream”. Please visit www.herstoryatimeline.com for book reviews, to see Tietjen in television interviews and on C-SPAN/Book TV, to hear her on the radio (including NPR), and to learn more about the topics.
8547 E. Arapahoe Road, PMB J189
Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1430
Description: Co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, Charlotte S. Waisman, Ph.D. is a nationally known champion for women. Over the last 25 years, she has advocated for women as a professor, political activist, keynote speaker, and expert witness. She is currently a vice president with a world-wide consulting company specializing in large-scale leadership, gender, and culture changes. Waisman is also Director of Human Resources for the Women’s Vision Foundation, through which she speaks extensively across the country and conducts leadership workshops. Waisman uses highly visual PowerPoint presentations, accompanied by a beautiful banner stand display, to highlight women’s accomplishments from U.S. history as documented in Her Story. Topics are usually customized to the audience and include: “The Power of the Women on Whose Shoulders We Stand”, “Not Without the Women”, “Black Women Who Changed America,” and “Dare to Dream”. Please visit www.herstoryatimeline.com for book reviews, to see Waisman in television interviews and on C-SPAN/Book TV, to hear her on the radio (including NPR), and to learn more about the topics.
Barbara Joan Zeitz, MA
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