News from women’s museum San Francisco

20 08 2008
International Museum of Women
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Democracy through Art, Film and Performance Call for Submissions: Campaigning Top Political BooksJoin I.M.O.W. Today and Make a Difference Happenings Around the World

Democracy through Art, Film and Performance

Getting Creative to Inspire Political Participation


Spanish artist María María Acha Rodríguez uses visual biographies
of women leaders of Mexico and
the world to inspire the masses to
work for gender equity.

Women, Power and Politics is turning the spotlight on the ways women are spreading democracy through creative means. Performance artist Sheryl Oring assumes the role of a 1950’s secretary—complete with typewriter—as a way of Dictating Democracy and capturing the attention of political leaders. Community participant María María Acha Rodríguez uses vibrant posters in public squares in Mexico to showcase inspiring Women Working for Women.

Courageous women in Nicaragua chose radio as their medium to amplify their voices and spread Democracy Over the Airwaves, while Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright broadcasts her take on democracy in an exclusive video interview with I.M.O.W.

Rwandan genocide survivor Norah Bagirinka, who translated stories for the award-winning documentary God Sleeps in Rwanda, turned to the art of basket weaving as a way to foster Forgiving in Rwanda.

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Call for Submissions: Campaigning

Send Us Your Experiences and Reflections on Political Campaigning

In October, the Women, Power and Politics exhibition takes a ride on the campaign trail. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of campaigning and explore how women do and do not experience it differently than men.

Tell us and show us your experiences and reflections on women campaigning for an elected position. No campaign is too small or too big! Submit your campaign art, posters, videos, writings and more by September 15 to be considered for a feature in the exhibition.

To learn more, visit

Get your work ready for our final Women, Power and Politics submission category:

  • November: Women Working Together Across Borders

We continue to take community submissions for past monthly categories. Read our Guide to Submitting Work for full instructions.


Top Political Books

More than 30 Recommended Picks


If you liked our books on democracy, then check out our full book list of recommended political reading by international authors.

You’ll find a variety of genres to choose from: political memoirs, diaries, an autobiography told in comic-book fashion, historical fiction that will transport you back in time, page-turning political novels, essays and speeches from women activists that will encourage and inspire you.

You’ll meet a girl blogger writing from war-torn Baghdad, and you’ll see why Marie Antoinette’s outrageous wardrobe was actually part of a strategic political power play. You’ll meet women who work for peace and champion nonviolence in a violent world; and you’ll peek into the lives of women living in a domestic harem.

Stock your book shelves with our recommended page turners. Start browsing the Book List.

Join I.M.O.W. Today and Make a Difference

Now is the time to show your support for the future of I.M.O.W. If you’re not yet a member, please join today and be part of this innovative and unique social change museum. As a member, you’ll receive discounts on Speaker Series tickets, special invitations to events, up-to-date information on women’s issues worldwide, and much more!

Your membership makes a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. Join today.


Happenings Around the World

August 20 – Los Angeles, Cal. USA & Worldwide Tune in to hear I.M.O.W.’s Women, Power and Politics Curator Dr. Masum Momaya in conversation on KPFK Pacifica Radio’s “Feminist Magazine” at 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, between 7 and 8 p.m. PST. Or listen from anywhere to the live streaming on the internet. Learn More >

August 21 – Cambridge, Mass. USA Join the Center for New Words as they launch “This Is What Women Want,” a national tour of speakouts showcasing how women really feel about the upcoming U.S. elections. Learn More >

August 29 – San Francisco, Cal. USA Join the Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco for the U.S. Premiere of the political documentary Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul by Beijing University student Lin Zhao. Learn More >

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