A Life of Purpose


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 […]

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


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 […]

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 […]

Can This Guy Be Captain America?


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 […]

Emma McIlroy is a Wild Feminist

Emma McIlroy

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 […]

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

Women's March on Washington

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Featured Artist: Michelle Hartney

Michelle Hartney

Michelle Hartney is a Chicago-based artist whose work addresses a broad range of topics, from women’s health issues, to the concept of heroes, love, and the cosmos.  She works in a variety of materials, including fiber, wood, found objects, community based interactive performance, and the internet.  Her interest in using art to address social issues began during her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. […]

Past Present Podcast: Sexual Harassment, Scary Clowns, and Pit Bull Bans


In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Donald Trump and sexual harassment and assault, the great clown scare of 2016, and pit bull bans.   Sexual Harassment A growing list of women have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment. Natalia commented on the story from the People Magazine reporter who has accused Trump of physically attacking her in 2005. Niki pointed to how Amber Tamblyn’s recent Instagram post about sexual assault showed that women struggle […]