Since politicians who ignore women do so at their own political peril, Jason Jones gets inside the mind of today’s female voter. GGE’s Founder & Executive Director, Joanne Smith, made her Comedy Central debut on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on April 17, 2012. Watch the 5-minute clip. It’s certifiably hilarious and Joanne fights back against the war on women!
We write today with broken hearts and tenacious resolve in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager gunned down on his way home from the store. We first want to reach out to Trayvon’s family and loved ones and offer our deepest condolences. No one should ever have to go through what you have endured. We hope that in the midst of your incalculable grief that you might find a measure of comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your horror, heartbreak or relentless pursuit of justice.
This tragedy is ...
On Friday, June 14, over 200 people crowded into the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center for the NYC premiere of Anita!, Frieda Mock’s articulate and moving documentary of Anita Hill’s brave testimony against Clarence Thomas around sexual harassment in the workplace. Anita! was a showcase film in the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival; as The New York Times said, “Unflappably poised and dignified, Ms. Hill, whose testimony helped change the perception of sexual harassment in the workplace, stood her ground…Some of the most moving scenes show her surrounded ...
When people think of abolitionist leaders in New York State, names of 19th century icons like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Elizabeth Cady Stanton come to mind. But New York state has a new generation of 21st century abolitionists- women and men committed to ending human trafficking- here in New York and everywhere. Sanctuary for Families has led the charge in celebrating New York's leadership in the fight to end human trafficking. On May 23rd, Joanne Smith, Founder & Executive Director of GGE, joined Gloria Steinem, Dorchen Leidholdt, Jimmie Briggs, Ted Bunch ...
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States in an effort to “raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence,” according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
As a part of April awareness events, International Anti-Street Harassment Week (April 7 – April 13) in New York City was developed by Stop Street Harassment, an organization seeking to end gender-based street harassment. On Saturday, April 13th, GGE joined Manhattan ...
The Coalition for Gender Equity in Schools (CGES) held a Youth Summit on Street Harassment on March 25, 2013 at the Urban Assembly Institute that exceeded our highest expectations!
We planned for 50 middle and high school students to attend this youth led event, but to our surprise 100 students showed up and convened in downtown Brooklyn for the CGES summit. These remarkable students and youth leaders chose to spend the first day of their spring break with us in a variety of workshops that examined street harassment.
In spite of the rain, students began ...
Community Organizer, Nefertiti Martin and Youth Organizer, Emily Carpenter make it to the 4th annual Grio Top 100 African American History Makers list! They were on the same list as actress Kerry Washington, Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, former top model and founder of Black Girls Rock Inc., Beverly Bond, Grammy Award winning hip-hop producer, Swizz Beats and many more!
As it states on the Grio's 100 website:
"Nefertiti and Emily embody the best attributes of their generation: creativity, fearlessness, and a powerful ...
On the commercial holiday of Valentine’s Day, GGE took on V-Day’s One Billion Rising campaign to take part in a global movement to end violence against women and girls. We hosted a One Billion Rising event in order to provide a space and opportunity for folks to come together to STRIKE, DANCE and RISE.
The event exceeded our highest expectations and deeply impacted all of our guests! People from all over the city attended and our audience included an intergenerational component, showing us that you are never too young to rise.
Our evening began with STRIKE, where ...
Girls for Gender Equity’s member, 19-year-old Natasha Adams, a student at the City University of New York and Michael Gellman, a graduate of Bronx Science High School, join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how young people are reacting to the negative campaigning of the 2012 election cycle.
" [Campaign] issues I really want them to focus on is equity in education, definitely getting a woman moderator on the campaign, and focus on women's issues and job security for college students" Natasha Adams, 19
Girls for Gender Equity's youth organizer, 17-year-old Emily Carpenter, gave voice to teens and women throughout the nation in a recent roundtable discussion on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Carpenter and Harris-Perry discussed the educational, reproductive justice and political opportunities available to women today and the role young women can play in shaping national debate and encouraging others to listen to the opinions of young women.
Joined by University of Pennsylvania professor Salamisha Tillet, Leslie Cardona of Young Women Creating Change, and Julie ...