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From left to right: Michele Young-Crook, Sarah Pineda, Vanessa Lesperance and Ashley Richard | Illustration by Kal, Bearskin Designs

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On Friday, June 11, LiisBeth’s Dispatch newsletter received the #DPA21 Silver award for best editorial newsletter 2021! Congratulations to Meral Mohammad Jamal, Lana Pesch, Margaret Webb and pk mutch. 

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Money Moves is a program by The Forum giving women entrepreneurs personal access to their investor, lender, and community hive mind over 7 live virtual sessions. The program involves 16 hours of online education over 7 live virtual sessions, virtual co-learning intensive for women entrepreneurs, structured around live webinars, self-paced exercises, and a community of lenders, investors, & peers to feel championed by.

June 8 – June 29
Cost: Varies

Register here. 

Elevate & Amplify 2021
Elevate & Amplify is a virtual conference centred on BIPOC voices within design and social change. The first conference of its kind in Canada, Elevate & Amplify hopes to lead vital conversations about designing alternatives, learning from failures, and grappling with tensions in the work. 
Thursday, June 3, 2021 
1:00-5:00 PM EST 
Cost: Varies

Register here. 

In celebration of 25 years of service and dedication to amplifying women’s distinct contributions to our nation’s history, the National Women’s History Museum is proud to present this four-part virtual panel discussion series, “The Missing Waves of Feminism.” “The Missing Waves” examines the “lost eras” of the traditionally recognized canon of the Four Waves of Feminism, including examples of early activism, the roles of minority women, and the impact of social movements that continued to progress for women’s rights even as the nation’s attention was turned to wars, pandemics, and internal disputes.

Sunday, June 13

6:00 PM-7:00 EST

Cost: Free

Register here.

 

To mark its 40th anniversary, Pride Toronto will be hosting a slew of events this month, including over 70 individual events showcasing more than 130 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs.

June 1-30, 2021 
Check out the complete lineup here

Hear first hand reports about the challenges facing Polish radical feminists as they fight their anti-abortion right wing government on the one hand and gender ideologues on the other.
Saturday, June 5, 2021 
2:00 PM EST 
Cost: Varies 

Register here. 

oin a live conversation with activist and scholar Angela Davis, who has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice for decades. The Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz has also taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, the Claremont Colleges, Stanford, and other universities. She is the author of nine books, most recently, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, and has lectured around the world.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
8:00-9:30 PM EST
Cost: FREE!

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While Harlem is best known for its music, food, and culture, the neighborhood also boasts countless artworks — both temporary and permanent — dedicated to remarkable women throughout the decades. Who were these female trailblazers, and what do they represent to this community? From great jazz singers to successful entrepreneurs, it’s time to explore a range of independent neighborhood commemorations that tell a collective story of women who made a difference.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
1:00-2:30 PM EST
Cost: $10

Register here.

Panel 11 will examine feminist and postcolonial imaginaries in the Global South and Global North.

Presenters include:

Ana Stevenson (James Cook University / University of the Free State), “The Black Sash, the Origins of Womandla!, and the End of Apartheid: Race-Based Analogies in Transnational Feminist Thought”

Christi-Lee du Plessis (University of Johannesburg), “Illustrator as Feminist Activist: How Illustration can Play a Role in Feminism Activism through its Visual Communication”

Rosa V. Campbell (University of Cambridge), “Close Pine Gap Love from Us: Considering Women’s 1980s Peace Camps in Global Context”

Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge), “‘I was very much taken in by sisterhood’: Spare Rib Magazine and Postcolonial Feminisms”

Chaired by: Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman (University College London)

Monday, June 28

7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST

Cost: Free. 

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About this event

Leslie Kern joins us – remotely! – from Canada to discuss how cities can be made more suitable for the majority of the population i.e. women. She will be talking with Jane Todd, formerly Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council.

“We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designed for female bodies. There is little consideration for woman as mothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place of threats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everyday lives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis for working women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and the City. A public space with enough toilets. A place where women can walk without harassment. In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities are built into our cities, homes, and neighbourhoods. And offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping a new urban future.”

Leslie Kern is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environment and head of Women’s and Gender Studies at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Jane Todd headed Nottingham City Council from 2008-2013 and now chairs three voluntary sector organisations covering children, special needs and strategic partnerships in the City.

Wed, 14 July 2021

14:00 – 15:00 EDT

Cost: $0-$25 (CAD)

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* Check out our article on Kern here. 

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Noteworthy Events

Money Moves is a program by The Forum giving women entrepreneurs personal access to their investor, lender, and community hive mind over 7 live virtual sessions. The program involves 16 hours of online education over 7 live virtual sessions, virtual co-learning intensive for women entrepreneurs, structured around live webinars, self-paced exercises, and a community of lenders, investors, & peers to feel championed by.
June 8 – June 29
Cost: Varies

Register here. 

Elevate & Amplify is a virtual conference centred on BIPOC voices within design and social change. The first conference of its kind in Canada, Elevate & Amplify hopes to lead vital conversations about designing alternatives, learning from failures, and grappling with tensions in the work. 
Thursday, June 3, 2021 
1:00-5:00 PM EST 
Cost: Varies

Register here. 

To mark its 40th anniversary, Pride Toronto will be hosting a slew of events this month, including over 70 individual events showcasing more than 130 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs.
June 1-30, 2021 
Check out the complete lineup here. 

Hear first hand reports about the challenges facing Polish radical feminists as they fight their anti-abortion right wing government on the one hand and gender ideologues on the other.
Saturday, June 5, 2021 
2:00 PM EST 
Cost: Varies 

Register here. 

While Harlem is best known for its music, food, and culture, the neighborhood also boasts countless artworks — both temporary and permanent — dedicated to remarkable women throughout the decades. Who were these female trailblazers, and what do they represent to this community? From great jazz singers to successful entrepreneurs, it’s time to explore a range of independent neighborhood commemorations that tell a collective story of women who made a difference.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
1:00-2:30 PM EST
Cost: $10

Register here.

Panel 11 will examine feminist and postcolonial imaginaries in the Global South and Global North.

Presenters include:

Ana Stevenson (James Cook University / University of the Free State), “The Black Sash, the Origins of Womandla!, and the End of Apartheid: Race-Based Analogies in Transnational Feminist Thought”

Christi-Lee du Plessis (University of Johannesburg), “Illustrator as Feminist Activist: How Illustration can Play a Role in Feminism Activism through its Visual Communication”

Rosa V. Campbell (University of Cambridge), “Close Pine Gap Love from Us: Considering Women’s 1980s Peace Camps in Global Context”

Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge), “‘I was very much taken in by sisterhood’: Spare Rib Magazine and Postcolonial Feminisms”

Chaired by: Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman (University College London)

Monday, June 28

7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST

Cost: Free. 

Register.

Stefania Barca, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, explores the connections between care work and ecological transition

About this event

Building upon five decades of political theory and praxis around reproductive and care labour, feminist and women’s organizations have been actively contributing to recent proposals for a Green New Deal (GND). After a brief discussion of differences and convergences among various proposals, this presentation will focus on the Care Income campaign, jointly developed by the Green New Deal for Europe and the Global Women Strike. Assuming ‘care’ as a category that encompasses both humans and nonhuman nature in their interdependency, I will dialogue with feminist geographies of labour by introducing a reflection on the ecological relevance of unpaid care work, and its potential contribution towards climate justice.

Stefania Barca is a senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES/UC), and currently a visiting professor at the University of Uppsala. Her research interests span across environmental history and political ecology, with a focus on the environmental impact of the industry during the Anthropocene, and the relationship between labour and the environment from a transnational perspective. She has published articles in leading international journals such as Environmental History, Ecological Economics, Environment and History, and in several other peer-reviewed journals and book collections in English, Italian and Portuguese. Her ‘Enclosing Water. Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley’ (Cambridge, UK: White Horse Press 2010), was awarded the Turku Prize for best research monograph in environmental history in 2011. Her latest book, Forces of Reproduction. Notes for e Counterhegemonic Anthropocene, has been published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.

Mon, 21 June 2021

11:00 – 12:30 EDT

Cost: Free

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