Newsletter September from IMOW, San Francisco

11 09 2008
International Museum of Women
Remarkable Women
Her Vote. Her Voice? A Moment for Your Feedback Final Chances to be Featured in Women, Power and PoliticsWhy So Few Women in Entertainment and Politics? Join I.M.O.W. Today and Make a Difference Happenings Around the World

Her Vote. Her Voice?

September Focuses on the Power of a Vote

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Travel to voting booths and suffrage movements throughout time and place— including Kuwait, which just granted women the right to vote in 2006. This Kuwaiti voter education poster
reads, “For Your Voice to Rise…
Use Your Right: Get Involved, Vote, Participate in 2006 Elections.”

Does voting really give women a voice? In September, the Women, Power and Politics global online exhibition looks at the women who have fought for the vote Then and Now and travels to Kuwait—the most recent nation to grant women the vote—for Kuwaiti Women’s 1st Election Day.

Our September podcast introduces you to Saudi Arabian business woman and activist Rasha Hifzi, who speaks from and about one of the few countries where women cannot vote.

Melinda Henneberger, U.S. political journalist and author of If They Only Listened to Us, gives us insight into what every political candidate is aching to know: What Women Voters Want. Pulitzer Prize nominee Susan Griffin, who just published her new book, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, takes on voter apathy by answering the question Why Vote?

Curator Masum Momaya makes voting personal by sharing her own voting experiences and asks what is on many women’s minds: Do Women’s Votes Really Matter? I.M.O.W. community participants from six countries answer with their inspiring Voting Memories. Share your own voting memories in our featured forum thread throughout the month.

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A Moment for Your Feedback

Take 10 Minutes for the Women, Power and Politics Exhibition Evaluation

The International Museum of Women is currently conducting an evaluation of the Women, Power, and Politics global online exhibition. We would like to invite you to participate in a brief online survey about how the exhibition has impacted your life.

Your feedback is very valuable to us! The survey will take about 10 minutes of your time.

Take the Survey http://tinyurl.com/imowsurvey

If you prefer to complete the survey in Arabic, French or Spanish, please contact the project evaluator, Deborah Puntenney, Ph.D., at d-puntenney@northwestern.edu to receive a translated version via email.

Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to hearing your comments.

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Final Chances to be Featured in Women, Power and Politics

Now Accepting Submissions for October and November

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I.M.O.W. wants your essays, art, photography, film and other creative work for our final Women, Power and Politics monthly topics! This is your opportunity to be chosen as a featured community voice within the exhibition. Submit your work now for the final categories:

  • October: Campaigns and Elections

    We’ll be looking at the many ways women candidates experience campaigns and elections. What’s it like to campaign? What does it take to win elections? Submit before September 15, 2008 to be considered for a featured story.

  • November: Women Working Together Across Borders

    How do women working across international borders share strategies and issues? What happens when they return home? Submit before October 15, 2008 to be considered for a featured story.

For more information, visit www.imow.org/submissions


Why So Few Women in Entertainment and Politics?

Girls’ Club Entertainment Asks for Your Thoughts

Help shape a new documentary project on women’s under-representation in entertainment and politics. Girls’ Club Entertainment, founded by I.M.O.W. Board Member Jennifer Siebel Newsom, makes the link between what we see on the silver screen and what plays out in the political arena. Both cast a picture of women’s exclusion from power and the need for change.

Read more about the issues in Girls’ Club Entertainment’s community story, Why So Few Women?, and share your thoughts in the featured forum thread.

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

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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

September 10 – San Francisco, Cal USA & Worldwide Three U.S. women started a successful networking group they named SKIRT (Sharing Knowledge, Information, and Resources Together) and decided to share what they learned in a book. If you purchase a copy of SKIRTworking: How to Network Using SKIRT on its launch day, September 10, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to I.M.O.W. and you’ll receive a free “entrepreneurial swagbag.” Learn More >

October 19-22 – Manila, Philippines The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics and Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) invites you to the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance Focus on Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. Learn More >

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    News from the iranian women

    10 09 2008

    Please take a look to the page of the feminist school of Iran:
    http://www.femschool.org/english/spip.php?article146





    News from the women’s museum of Merano

    20 08 2008

    Changing Clothes – Changing Room
    This will be the last exhibit of the women’s Museum Merano in
    this rooms. To see until 31.10.2008.





    News from women’s museum San Francisco

    20 08 2008
    International Museum of Women
    Remarkable Women
    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

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    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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    If you’re not registered for the I.M.O.W. online community, add your voice by registering today.


    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 www.imow.org/submissions.

    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.

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    Top Political Books

    More than 30 Recommended Picks

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    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.

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    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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  • News from “1000 Peacewomen across the Globe”

    18 08 2008

    Eva Gillis from the “1000 Peacewomen across the Globe” writes today to the network women in museum:

    “Dear womanmuseum women! It is such a common expression, though as true as ever: time goes by so fast! But the memories I treasure from our meeting at the occasion of the 1. International Congress of women’s museums in Meran, are still very much alive and I recall particularely the spirit of inspiration and sense of pioneerism, the enthusiasm and above all, meeting and talking with all of you.
    On my way home to Zurich, so many things regardeing your museums in combination with our project and exhibition “1000 Peacewomen Across the Globe” went through my head and I will try now to capture a few of them and put them into words.
    To start with, there couldn’t be a better platform for the 1000 peacewomen to be shown and made aware of than a women’s museum. Whilst I appreciate that there are all kinds of women’s museum, some accentuate more on the history of women in their own region, others show past and modern art of women and again others put their emphasies on humanitarian and politcical issues. And somtimes it’s a blend of it all.
    Therefore the work of the 1000 peacewomen, which in our project, book and exhibition is devided into ten categories of fields of activities, is tangend to all types of women’s museum. This also has to do with our
    definition of peace which is a lot more than just the absence of war. It means to respect human rights, women’s rights, fighting poverty, assuring education, have access to health systems, build awareness of
    ecoligical issues etc.
    The 1000 peacewomen are representative for many, many more women, who, with their work are tremendous peacebuilders, though most of the time are not noticed, harldy ever mentioned in the media, are not appreciated by a vast majority. The message of the exhibition is to make these women visible and noticeable all over the world.
    There are also some dates throughout the year which lend extremely well to the exhibition such as:
    March 8, International Day of Women
    September 21, International Day of Peace
    and this year 16 days will be dedicated to “Stopp violence against women” from November 25 – December 10, 2008. The last day also being the International Day of Human Rights.
    In October 2010 will be the the highlighting of UN-Resolution 1325 which demands that more women are actively integrated in confilict resolving. The resolution had been implemented in 2000 though not much has been realised so far….
    If you are interested in the exhibition and would like to know more about it, please visit our website http://www.1000peacewomen.org The fotogallery shows a variety of possibilities how the cards can be shown.
    But of course, I’m also just happy to get a word from you in letting me know, how you are doing and what your prospects are for the near future and should some of you have any more questions with regards to the
    exhibition I would be more than glad to give you the necessary information.
    Also I hope, that by the next congress of womenmuseums, Switzerland, will be represented with its own museum. Martha is very dedicated to it and maybe I will get involved aswell.
    For now I close with my very best wishes and warm regards to all of you. Eva Gillis.





    News from the women’s museum from Central African Republic

    12 08 2008

    Mrs. Rachel Mamba, director of the women’s museum initiative, send a mail today. She is happy to be part of the network, because that give her new forces to go on. She told, that in last years the director of the senegalese women’s museum “Henriette Bathily”, Annette Mbaye D’Erneville, gave her very much moral support. She wants to give from now on all the news about her museum and want also to know the news about other women’s museums.





    News from the women’s museum of South Vietnam

    12 08 2008

    Nguyen Thi Hien Linh from the women’s museum of South Vietnam wrote today: “We already visited the web site www.womeninmuseum.org and have seen alot of beautiful information about our congress. Thank you very much for your distribution.
    We will send you Vietnamese translation of resolution in the next few days.
    Hereby is our museum web site adress: http://www.womaninmuseumsouth.edu.vn/ for you to up date a link. Thanks and best regards.” 

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