Don’t Ms.: Gloria Steinem, Marion Jones, War Redefined and More!

After a week of serious talks and films, we’ll be ready to jet off to Brighton, U.K., for a riot grrrl-themed Halloween party. What era Kathleen Hannah will you be dressing as?

Los Angeles & New York: Three women journalists who have risked their lives covering news in war-torn places have been named the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2011 Courage in Journalism Award winners: Adela Navarro Bello, director and writer for Zeta news magazine in Mexico; Parisa Hafezi, Reuters bureau chief in Iran and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of Prachatai online newspaper in Thailand.  IWMF will also present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Kate Adie, a veteran broadcast journalist for BBC. Oct. 24 and 27, visit IWMF’s website for event details.

New York: In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Paley Center DocFest 2011 is screening the upcoming HBO documentary The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a powerful film following cancer survivor and Manhattan businesswoman Dee Dee Ricks as she transforms into an activist and advocate for uninsured cancer patients. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., The Paley Center for Journalism, 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY. Can’t catch the screening? Watch the film on HBO. Thursday, Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia: It’s time for the 8th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Did you know it’s the largest women’s conference in the state? This year’s event will feature keynote speeches from The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin, former WNBA star Marion Jones, Ms. co-founder and feminist activist Gloria Steinem and many more. Register today! Tuesday, Oct. 25, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Los Angeles: Ms. magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation are hosting a free advance screening of War Redefined, the capstone of the ongoing 5-part PBS series about women’s roles in global conflict and peace-making. RSVP at (310) 556 2515. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 -9 p.m. Ms. and FMF Offices, 433 South Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA.

Can’t make it? Be sure to catch the rest of the series on PBS through October and November.

Portsmouth, Ohio: Feminist author, poet and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt will be the featured speaker at the 2011-2012 Leslie Williams Symposium at Shawnee State University. Knowing Pollitt, we expect inspiration, erudition and some sly jokes from her lecture, titled, “What Do You Mean I’m Not Equal Yet?! Women in the 21st Century.” Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Shawnee State University, VRCFA Main Theatre, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth, OH.

Boston: At the Access Denied: DOMA and Immigration A Community Forum, specialists from GLAAD, Immigration Equality and Iandoli and Desai P.C. will discuss the latest developments in the fight against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and explain the immigration problems it causes for same-sex couples. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2  – 5 p.m., Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA.

Brighton, UK: Need plans for Halloween? Join the Riots Not Diets* kick-ass Le Tigre-themed Halloween party. Catch a screening of the film Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour and live music from Covergirl, Skinny Girl Diet and Candy Panic Attack. Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., West Hill Hall, Compton Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex.

Know of upcoming events? Share them in the comments or online here! Commenter Belle of Acadia has requested some Canadian events, and we aim to please–help us out with a tip.

* UPDATE: After this post was published, a Facebook commenter brought something to our attention that we had previously overlooked:

I’d just like to point out that the Halloween event you link to here includes, what I would consider to be hate speech against Julie Bindel – is this something you are ok with/promote?

We took a second look, and found a Halloween costume “joke” that we agree is over the line. We like Le Tigre (and know that many of our readers do too) and thought this would be a great event to feature in this week’s calendar, but we don’t condone hate speech want to make that clear. Thanks to the Facebook commenter who pointed this out. 

ABOVE: Poster from Riots Not Diets.


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.