Fabulous at 50 and Beyond: Creating a Revolution

BeFab Revolution

Gretchen Asher created BeFab Revolution after 20+ years as a successful management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Her goal is to create a revolution where women 50+ are celebrated, admired, and inspired. What is BeFab Revolution? BeFab revolution is an online community of women better than (age) 50 from over 40 countries all around the world. Our online platforms include a Membership website, Facebook groups, and a first-ever Business Directory – all dedicated to inspiring women to celebrate life beyond 50. In one of our social platforms, we are 13,000 women and growing. We are one of the few truly […]

Featured Artists: Collect for Change

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Inaugural Collect For Change™ Exhibition Curated by Amy Kisch + Danielle Smith + Kimberly Verde + Heather Zises state space, San Francisco, CA Saturday, January 6 – Friday, February 16, 2018 AKArt and state are pleased to present Object Action: The “F” Word in a Post-Truth Era, to mark the inauguration of Collect For Change™—an initiative which collaborates with artists across disciplines, offering artwork with a portion of sales benefitting a charity personally selected by each artist. A group exhibition that is a feminist response to the one-year anniversary of the current administration, the show highlights “objects” and works by female artists “objecting” to a dominant paradigm through innovative media in […]

A Life of Purpose

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The purpose of life is a life of purpose. —Robert Byrne How do we keep going in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds? How do we overcome the dark forces of self-doubt and self-criticism which can sometimes cripple our ability to create our best, most purposeful lives? How do we rise above the sometimes ungenerous, unkind stories we tell ourselves as we go about our lives? Sitting around the table at our morning coaching session, teas and coffees in hand, these were some of the questions we explored. Three of us—all creative solopreneurs, writers and designers—shared our fears and doubts, goals […]

Past Present Podcast: The Women’s Strike, Anti-Semitism, and Robots

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In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the complicated politics of the women’s strike, the rise of anti-Semitism in America, and humanity’s relationship to robots.   The Women’s Strike A Women’s Strike is being organized for March 8. We discussed the strike in the context of other women’s strikes and transnational feminism. Anti-Semitism We discussed the rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad. Natalia noted Matthew Frye Jacobson’s book, Whiteness of a Different Color, for thinking about the limits of Jewish assimilation in the U.S. Robots A recent New York Times editorial, “No, Robots Aren’t Killing the American Dream,” argued that humans have nothing to […]

The New Resistance: Dispatches from the Women’s March

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After witnessing the historic gatherings worldwide in support of women and equality last month, I invited people who attended the Women’s March in different cities to share their stories. Thank you to everyone who marched and to those who actively support equality. – Ciara Kerri Sauer: Atlanta Over the course of 2016, I saw the election bring out the best and worst in people. I have never been a straight ticket voter and always voted based on where a candidate stood on the issues.  When Trump began his rhetoric of hatred and fear, I knew I had to be a voice for […]

Can This Guy Be Captain America?

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Vishavjit Singh is a NYC-based man, cartoonist, writer, and performance artist who went to the Women’s March in DC in his turbaned/bearded Captain America alter-ego. I was at the Women’s March in Washington DC from morning to evening dressed up as Captain America holding a banner reading, ‘Women Are Superheroes that give birth to Superheroes.’ I marched to make a stand for women’s rights in person, spirit and art. I wanted to honor women for giving birth to us, nurturing us and making life possible to begin with. That we do not have the same rights for women as men is […]

Emma McIlroy is a Wild Feminist

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I was recently introduced to Emma McIlroy and immediately developed a business-crush. The CEO of cult fashion brand Wildfang, she invited me to their monthly Free Speech event, a wild feminist spin on The Moth. I loved everything about the event, from turning the physical store into a poetry stage, pep rally, and one of the most diverse and authentic crowds I’ve experienced. Since then, I’ve become an online admirer of their smart, sexy social media and online store, and joined the club with my first purchase; super-shiny Shelley shoes that average ten compliments a day and a black patch with gold […]

Past Present Podcast: The Women’s March, Russia, and Obama’s Farewell

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In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the women’s march on Washington, US-Russian relations, and Obama’s final speech to the nation. The Women’s March The Women’s March on Washington will take place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest the incoming administration. Natalia observed the march’s historical importance of mobilizing on a physical level in a social media age. Niki cited David Karpf’s argument in The MoveOn Effect of how slacktivism can become activism as the thin ties of social media grow into thick ties of political advocacy. Natalia lamented a recent Washington Post editorial that urged women marchers to not wear pink […]

Stephanie Newman: Writing on Glass and Redefining Feminism

Stephanie Newman

Stephanie Newman is the founder and editor of Writing on Glass, a media platform that aims to redefine feminism for the 21st century. Through her consultancy Stellia Labs, Stephanie also works with media and arts companies in a strategic capacity. She’s defined the digital content experience and advertising proposition for several magazine brands, revamped pricing strategy for clients across entertainment and e-commerce, and advised the sales expansion of an iconic arts establishment. Stephanie studied English literature at Harvard and received an Artist Development Fellowship for her writing. Her essays often explore issues of self-growth, feminism, and Eastern European culture, and […]

Past Present Podcast: Fidel Castro, Liberalism’s Future, and Fake News

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In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Fidel Castro’s legacy, the future of liberalism, and the rise of fake news. Fidel Castro Fidel Castro died at the age of 90, having ruled over Cuba for more than 50 years. Niki placed Castro’s rise to power in a longer history of US-Cuba relations, including the Platt Amendment of 1901. Neil cited a Daily Beast article on Castro’s horrible oppression of Cuban gay people and noted Cuba’s recent crackdown on religious freedom. Natalia recommended Public Book’s essay “Cuba’s Next Chapter” for thinking about the future of Cuba post-Castro. Liberalism’s Future What Next for Liberalism, […]