On Women: Talks and Events Coming Up in NYC

By Alison Durkee

From now-president Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comments to recent measures passed by the House of Representatives regulating abortions, women and their rights are currently under attackbut they’re fighting back. Join the resistance, learn about the political issues facing women, and celebrate talented ladies at these upcoming events in New York City.

The Trump presidency has mobilized many Americans to become activistsand those hoping to join the resistance have plenty of chances to learn more this fall. Hear about how the country got here in the first place at the New Yorker Festival’s conversation on The Creation of Donald Trump (October 8), before asking yourself “WTF Do We Do Now?” at a day of open forums, small-group dialogues, and town hall meetings at Pioneer Works (October 15). On October 11, CUNY’s Graduate Center will take on activism in the age of Trump with a keynote panel on the prospects for activists during the current administration. Activists can also be inspired by hearing from one of Trump’s original critics, Gold Star father and National Democratic Convention star Khizr Khan, who will appear in conversation on October 30, and activist Chelsea Manning, who will appear at the New Yorker Festival on October 8.

Those hoping to delve more specifically into political issues facing women can learn about the feminist origins of the women’s health movement on October 5, or join one of the current leaders of the movement, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, for a conversation with Andy Cohen on October 24. On October 17, the New York Women’s Bar Association’s International Women’s Rights Committee will host a panel discussion centered on child marriage at home and abroad and how to develop strategies that bring the practice to an end.

Of course, feminism isn’t only a subject for the political realm. Bookworms can meet Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood and her protégée Naomi Alderman, who will be appearing to speak about Alderman’s feminist dystopic novel, The Power, on November 13. Artists can also apply a feminist lens to the male-dominated world of art history with the Brooklyn Brainery’s Feminist Art Club on October 29 and November 7; the sessions includes a crash course in feminist art history, and, on October 29, the chance to make some feminist art yourself.

Want to learn even more about the ladies of the art world? Discover four female contemporaries of Georgia O’Keeffe in the early 20th century at Four (More) Modern Women on November 2, learn about famed art collector Peggy Guggenheim on October 11, or meet one of today’s female artists at a talk with documentary filmmaker and photographer (above) Lauren Greenfield (October 10).

Photograph by Terry Tsiolis

Women from the performing arts world will also be put in the spotlight this fall. Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross will take the stage for a conversation on October 8, while famed director Julie Taymor will mark the 20th anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway at an appearance on October 29. On October 25, Melissa Rivers and Whoopi Goldberg will appear in conversation to discuss Rivers’ trailblazing mother, comedian Joan Rivers, and another pioneering funny woman, Susan Silver, will discuss her career as one of Hollywood’s first female sitcom writers on October 17.

Those who prefer to celebrate ladies in the sports arena will be able to hear from U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team star Abby Wambach on October 26, when she’ll appear in conversation with Nike’s chief sustainability officer Hannah Jones to discuss challenging the status quo. Regardless of what field women are in, they do have something in common: they all have to eat. Learn about women’s culinary habits at a talk with authors Laura Shapiro and Francine Prose on October 11.

Look back at a milestone in the fight for women’s rights this summer and head to the New-York Historical Society for a screening of One Woman, One Vote on August 15, a documentary chronicling the 70-year battle for women’s suffrage. On October 3, delve further into women’s fight for the vote at Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for the Women’s Right to Vote, an event examining the little-known efforts of the city’s female socialites in the fight for women’s suffrage.


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