Don’t Ms.: Feminist Mothers, Annual Celebrations and Much More!

This week is ripe with events featuring feminist speakers—from professors to authors to the first lady to activist moms.

New York: A preview of the new documentary by Joanna Lipper, The Supreme Price, will feature excerpts from the film, which follows activist Hafsat Abiola as she leads the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria’s 2011 elections. Sponsored by The Root, Tides and Women Make Movies. RSVP here. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Macaulay Honors College, Screening Room, 35 W. 67th St., N.Y.

Toronto: The monthly Mother Outlaws’ Speaker Series of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement takes up maternal activism in the 21st century with presentations from Veronika Novoselova, Andrea O’ Reilly, Linn Baran and many more. We’re excited to find out what Outlaw Coordinator Baran means by “Feminist Community in the Mother’hood.” Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Women’s College Hospital, Boardroom E252, 76 Grenville Street, Toronto.

Claremont, Calif.: Ms. Blogger Audrey Bilger was the first to take us behind the mask of the enigmatic Feminist Hulk in a series of exclusive Ms. interviews. Hear from Bilger in her other life as associate professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College as she presents, “From Jane Austen to Feminist Hulk: Gender Studies in a Digital Age.” Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:45 p.m., Claremont McKenna College, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA.

Austin, Texas: NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is hosting its 25th Annual Celebration of Choice this week. Catch a live performance by local favorite Suzanna Choffel and participate in a silent auction. Tickets are $25 for students, $55 for everyone else. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6 – 9 p.m., Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, 9515 Hotel Drive, Austin, TX.

Los Angeles: Join Ms. magazine and the Center for Genetics and Society in celebrating Dorothy Roberts(author of Killing the Black Body) new book Fatal Invention. Roberts will discuss her book and research, followed by a Q&A. RSVP at (310) 556 2515. Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 – 9 p.m. Ms. Magazine and Feminist Majority Foundation offices, 433 S. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA.

New York: This fall, the Barnard Center for Research on Women celebrates 40 years of putting feminist scholarship into action. Join the Barnard Center’s weekendlong conference, Activism and the Academy, for panels on expanding feminism, campus activism, social justice and more. Conference begins Friday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m., Barnard Hall Lobby, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY.

Washington D.C.: The National Congress of Black Women hosts its 27th Annual Awards Brunch Women Making a Difference this week. The event will honor eight distinguished guests, including U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif), Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.) and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), with a special video message from First Lady Michelle Obama. For tickets e-mail Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m., The Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington D.C.

TOP: Promotional Art for the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s Activism and the Academy conference.


Sarah is a visual journalism student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. She has a near obsession with ending injustice and is a sucker for a good cause.