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Announcement :: Gender : GLBT/Queer : Media
Women and the Media Conference Happening Now
19 Mar 2005
Modified: 02:19:33 AM
Women and the Media:
Taking Our Place in the Public Conversation

March 18-20, 2005
Stata Center @ MIT, Cambridge, MA

Presented by the Center for New Words
Co-sponsored by the MIT Program in Women's Studies

Join us at WAM!, an annual conference where progressive journalists, authors, activists, and students meet, share skills, and strategize to increase women's influence in the media.
Woman and the Media Conference Happening Now
Together, let's claim our place in the public conversation.

Tired of what you hear on the nightly news -- and the absence of women sources, speakers, pundits, and subjects? Ready to see progressive women's ideas and lives treated as if we matter?

Then don't miss these two days of workshops, keynotes, and connections. From the opening talk to the closing reception, you'll be taking your own place among women determined to change the conversation.

The weekend will feature:

Friday, March 18

7:00 PM: VIP Reception with WAM! Keynoters
(An intimate kickoff cocktail reception with all four of this year's keynote speakers-- click here for details & fees.)

8:00 PM: Free opening keynote talk with Medea Benjamin


Saturday, March 19

8:30 AM: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM: Keynote talk by Jill Nelson

10:30 AM: Author signings

11:00 AM: Morning breakout sessions

12:30 PM: Lunch

12:45 PM: Lunch session: Media Funders Roundtable

2:00 PM: First afternoon breakout sessions

3:30 PM: Author signings

4:00 PM: Second afternoon breakout sessions

5:30 PM: Wine and cheese networking reception


Sunday, March 20

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Action Brunch with Daisy Hernandez and Sarwat Husain
Conference wrap-up


All Weekend

WAM! bookstore, outreach and vendor tables

Tour and interact with the innovative new space, designed by Frank Gehry

Featured Speakers and Panelists

Planned Breakout Sessions

Hotel Arrangements

Tabling and Vendor Information

Change starts now. Take your place in the public conversation. Register for WAM! today.


The Center for New Words is committed to a simple mission: use the power and creativity of words to strengthen the voice of progressive and marginalized women in society. To accomplish this mission, our programs support diverse women‘s engagement with the entire “word cycle,“ from literacy to blogging to literary writing to opinion-making in the media and other domains of influence. Built on the wisdom, commitments, and competencies of 28 years of running New Words Bookstore, CNW is creating spaces and places where women’s words matter. Contact CNW at 617-876-5310 or cnw (at), or visit us on the web at


MIT Program in Women's Studies. Exploring gender with the tools of different, and often multiple, disciplines, Women's Studies subjects strive to help MIT students better understand how knowledge and value take different forms depending on a variety of social variables. In the course of their inquiry, students not only learn how to use gender as a category of analysis, but also reflect on the manifestation of gender in their own lives, leading to a range of personal and intellectual discoveries. Although gender is a central component of every subject, the study of gender requires attention to connections between gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, nationality, and other social categories; different subjects shed light on different aspects of such connections.

WAM! 2005 Keynote Speakers

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin, a powerful and charismatic force in human rights activism, has struggled for social justice in Asia, Africa and the Americas for over 20 years. She is the Founding Director of the human rights organization Global Exchange. Benjamin is a leading activist in the peace movement in the United States and helped bring together the groups forming the coalition United for Peace and Justice. She is also the co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace, a women's group that has been organizing against the war in Iraq and pushing for a reorientation of budget priorities in the US to focus on heath care, education and housing, not war. In February 2003, Benjamin visited Iraq and met with weapon's inspectors, women's groups and ordinary Iraqi civilians.

Benjamin's previous work has focused on improving the labor and environmental practices of US multinational corporations, and the policies of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. She also ran for the U.S. Senate on the Green Party ticket, mobilizing thousands of Californians around platform issues such as living wage, schools-not-prisons, and universal healthcare.

She is the author of numerous books. Prior to founding Global Exchange in 1988, Medea worked for ten years as an economist and nutritionist in Latin America and Africa for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, The Washington Post, The Nation, Ms., The Chicago Tribune and the Village Voice. Jill was a staff writer for the Washington Post Magazine during its first years of existence, and was named Washington D.C. Journalist of the Year for her work there. She freelances and lectures widely, and writes a twice-monthly column, “On the Verge,” for and is a monthly contributor to the Op Ed page of USA Today. She was a professor of Journalism at the City College of New York from 1998 to 2003. Jill wrote the best-selling memoir, Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience which won an American Book Award. She is the author of Straight, No Chaser: How I Became A Grown-Up Black Woman and edited Police Brutality: An Anthology. Her first novel, Sexual Healing, was released in June 2003. Finding Martha’s Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island, will be publishing in May 2005 by Random House. The mother of an adult daughter, she lives in Harlem.

Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernandez, ColorLines Senior Writer, is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. She has written a column for Ms. Magazine, reported for the New York Times, and edited op-eds for the online magazine She's written for Newsday, the National Catholic Reporter and Bitch magazine.

Sarwat Husain

Sarwat Husain came to US from Pakistan more than thirty years ago and did all her schooling here. She has a M.S. degree in Clinical Nutrition and has been a successful businesswoman running group homes for the elderly, a childcare center, and a restaurant. Being a peace activist, a proud Muslim and a proud American, she felt she had a call to answer after 9/11. She sold her business and started giving more talks, lectures, writing articles in the SA Express News and giving Sensitivity and Diversity trainings to organizations, schools, and churches. She started publishing her own American Muslim newspaper by the name Al-Ittihaad Monthly, which, by the Grace of God goes nationally now ( Al-Ittihaad Monthly is in its third year of publishing. Now she is invited nationally to give talks on American Muslims and minority media. Sarwat Husain is one of fifty Muslim women in America included in a forthcoming book about their contributions as Americans to this society.

WAM!2005 Breakout Sessions will include:

A Show of One's Own: Bringing Exclusively Feminist Perspectives to the Airwaves

Are We Not Men? Women in the Gay Media

Being in the Media’s Eye: From Culture Wars to Lesbian Weddings

Building a Better Noise Machine: Amplifying Women's Voices in the Emerging Progressive Media Infrastructure

Building a Blog: How to Join the Online Feminist Revolution in 90 Minutes or Less

Women Building a Progressive Movement Online

Building Shared Resources for the Feminist Movement through WeMedia

Housewives, Bitches and Swans: Where's the Feminism in Pop Culture?

Making Our Opinions Matter: Women of Color in the Media

Making the Media Machine Work for Your Organization

Maroon Media for Sistahs

Missing in Action: Where are the Women?

Nothing Sacred: Muslim Feminists Erased and Misused

Out of Vogue: The Future of Feminst Publishing

Queering Independent Media

Strategizing to Cover Women: On Air, On-line, On Deadline

Using Community Access Media to Organize Against Violence Against Women

What in the World Are They Talking About? Analyzing Conservative Media Bias

Women's Voices in Community Radio: On the Air and Behind the Scenes


Women & The Media:
Taking Our Place in the Public Conversation
Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20, 2005

$120 until March 17, $150 On-Site
Students: $45 until March 17, $55 On-Site

Work-study and Scholarships for those with limited income available - contact Andi at asutton (at) or phone: 617-876-5310
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