The Stanton-Anthony Lecture Series

I had the great honor of keynoting the Susan B Anthony/Elizabeth Cady Stanton Lecture at the University of Rochester’s Meliora weekend, October 15, 2010. As you can see, I got into the spirit by wearing my Susan B. Anthony outfit, black clothing with a red shawl. The 19th century women’s civil rights leader always wore black and her red shawl became her identifying trademark.
After the luncheon keynote, we went on to the 2010 Stanton/Anthony Conversations: “How Women Use Power: Transforming Leadership” at the University of Rochester’s Interfaith Chapel during Meliora Weekend October 15, 2010. Susan B. Anthony Center director Nora Bredes (right) moderates a panel on women and power with activist and author Gloria Feldt, George Washington University professor Allida Black and American University associate professor and director of the Women and Politics Institute Jennifer L. Lawless.
George Washington University history professor Allida Black speaks during the 2010 Stanton/Anthony Conversations: “How Women Use Power: Transforming Leadership” at the University of Rochester’s Interfaith Chapel. Stanton and Anthony look on in the background.
Nora Bredes, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center and I share a laugh during the 2010 Stanton/Anthony Conversations: “How Women Use Power: Transforming Leadership.”
American University associate professor and director of the Women and Politics Institute Jennifer L. Lawless speaks during the 2010 Stanton/Anthony Conversations: “How Women Use Power: Transforming Leadership” at the University of Rochester’s Interfaith Chapel during Meliora Weekend October 15, 2010. Fellow panelists are George Washington University professor Allida Black, left and activist and author Gloria Feldt, ctr along with Susan B. Anthony Center director and moderator Nora Bredes.
The audience approved.

Photo credits: J. Adam Fenster.

Busboys and Poets: Washington, DC

The Busboys and Poets audience was fantastic! There was standing room only. I saw many old friends and made lots of new ones. Thank you DC! And is this the cutest stage ever? Love the pumpkin!

From the Left:
Reading from No Excuses

Jenna Mellor and J. Schmitz told their stories and we discussed power tools “tell your story” and “embrace controversy.”

Jodi Jacobson, editor in chief of RH Reality Check introducing the program at Busboys and Poets. Special thanks to Tamara Kreinin and the United Nations Foundation Women and Population program. UNF, RHRC, and the Women’s Campaign Forum co-sponsored the event.

The Strand: New York, New York

Left: Jenn Pozner, founder and executive director of Women in Media and News asks a question while journalist Jessica Wakeman and filmmaker Therese Shechter look on.

Center: Talking about No Excuses and the 9 Ways at The Strand in New York

Right: Jenn Pozner live tweets while Liz Abzug tells us how her mother Bella used her power. (Bella used to say, “We want it all but we’ll take half.”)

OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH! Barnes & Noble: New York, New York

OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH! October 5th at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle

The corks were really popping at the official book launch of No Excuses! The store was packed, and we had a lively panel discussion with young feminists talking about how they are integrating the 9 Ways into their lives. A big thank you to Jan Goldstoff for taking such lovely photos at the event, and to Shelby Knox for live tweeting the discussion.

Left: No Excuses officially launches! My reading at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle in New York.

Center: (Left to right) author of Black Women’s Lives, Kristal Brent Zook; media commentator Keli Goff; and Feed Fund co-founder Lauren Bush share their stories and discuss the 9 Ways power tools with me at the launch of No Excuses, Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle on 10/5.

Right: Surrounded by fabulous young feminists: Elizabeth Camuti, Jamia Wilson, and Shelby Knox

Back By Popular Demand: WomenGirlsLadies at UMKC

WomenGirlsLadies made a return visit to UMKC last week, thanks to the invitation from Women’s Center Director Brenda Bethman. Rather than a single event, this year’s Starr Symposium featured a series of community conversations about the “Work/Life Balance in a Woman’s Nation. Deborah Siegel, Courtney Martin, Kristal Brent Zook, and I kicked off the event on September 28th with our WomenGirlsLadies panel, where we provided intergenerational perspectives on work and life choices.

“Nobody loves you better because you have used yourself up for them,” was just one of the points that resonated with the crowd.

Immersed in conversation about when we felt powerful

Here’s what Rita Arens has to say about the event over on BlogHer:

I tend to lack a governor. I would write myself into an early grave if it weren’t for my family.

Balance, which I’ve written about before, is tough whether or not you live with other people. I don’t think for one minute that single people don’t have balance issues — in fact, if I were living alone, I would actually have more balance issues than I do now, because I would have to depend on myself to tear me away from the blinking screen . . . I am trying lately to avoid using myself up.

Rita came up to me after the panel and told me that she wished she had had someone like me to talk to when she was 15. I told her that I wish I had had Gloria Feldt to talk to when I was 15!

Here’s what Talyn Helman has to say in her Young Feminist’s Point of View.

When I heard about this event, I’ll admit, I really thought it was going to be a man-bashing extravaganza . . . was completely wrong about the man-bashing. A lot of the conversation was actually directed at how women and men could share responsibilities and make relationships work, to help women balance their lives better. The speakers’ speeches and accomplishments were what really stayed with me after the symposium . . . These women have all risen to the top and achieved of their dreams. They are fantastic women for the new generation of feminists to emulate, and would serve as wonderful role models. Watching and listening to their conversation, and speaking to them myself, I find myself entering a new stage of social and self-awareness.

Left: WomenGirlsLadies co-panelist Kristal Brent Zook presenting at the afternoon workshop, while Courtney Martin looks on

Center: Deborah Siegel has her table engrossed in conversation at the workshop

Right: Tiffany Swinehart and her mom, my high school classmate Elsie Lesser were there–that’s why I’m smiling

More coverage of the Starr Symposium event at UMKC is available over on the WomenGirlsLadies blog. If you’re interested in bringing us to speak on your campus, or to your group, contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd

September 30th: Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd

I love Blog Talk Radio, and Jay Ackroyd has had me on his show before. This time, we were talking about the 9 Ways discussed in No Excuses. You can listen to the broadcast here, or download the transcript here.

Burlington Book Festival: Burlington, Vermont

September 25: Burlington Book Festival

The Burlington Book Festival was the second stop on my book tour. It was an honor to appear with authors like Peter Galbraith and Ann Hood. You can read more about it in the Burlington Free Press.

Left: Signing books after my presentation at the Burlington Book Festival, I met this amazing women who told her “power to” story: younger sister to five brothers, she told her mother she wanted to be a scientist. Her mother told her her brothers could become doctors and she could be a nurse. She persisted and became a scientist, one of few women in scientific research at the time. Her power to moment came when the men she worked with attempted to take the credit for her findings. She insisted that they give her equal billing–and they did.

Center: This woman is unlimited. She’s founder and CEO of a wind power company. Maybe the female Bill Gates is on the way?

Right: You can’t get there from Burlington except by Greyhound. After speaking at the Burlington Book Fair, I took the bus for Boston to attend a Jewish Women’s Archive board meeting.

Book Signing and Keynote Speech at Northern Trust Bank

Northern Trust Bank on September 23.

Left: Michelle Robson was a rock star when I interviewed her at the Northern Trust book event about starting Read more about the interview at

Right: My first No Excuses book signing!

Blogher 2010 Conference

At the 2010 Blogher Conference, I was a keynote speaker on closing panel, called “How to Use Your Voice, Your Platform and Your Power.” Need to Know PBS anchor Alison Stewart moderated a powerhouse panel: Marie Wilson, Founder and President of The White House Project (and creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day), and P. Simran Sethi, Emmy Award-winning journalist, blogger and environmentalist.

Empowerment is a constant theme at and on BlogHer. All signs point to others recognizing our power – as a group and as a demographic. How are we leveraging that power as individuals? How should we be?

Now that we know marketers and advertisers seek the opinions of women (who make over 80% of consumer purchases) and their blogs, how can we control what we are being sold? Now that we know having a unique presence online has turned us into “personal brands,” how can we use it to our best professional advantage? Now that we’re each part of the large BlogHer community and many sub-communities, how can we harness and strategically focus that collective power? How and when and for what can and should we turn on the power spigot?

Here are some clips of me speaking on the panel.

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Power unused is power useless. The internet has changed the shape of what advocacy looks like.
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Powerful women used to be reticent to raise their voices. The wonderful thing about the internet is that everyone speaks at the same decibel level. The future of the feminist movement depends on women and men working together.

Check out this article in Media Post for a summary of the panel as a whole.

Panel at Netroots Nation 2010 on Why Women Are Key to Victory

Netroots Nation is the premier conference for progressive bloggers. So I’m totally thrilled that they accepted my proposal to facilitate a panel on “Why Women Are the Key to the Future of Progressive Election Victories.”

As the GOP has garnered victories in Massachussetts, Virginia and New Jersey since the 2008 presidential election, progressives are looking for a new path to keep the seats they have and win back the ones they’ve lost. Standard playbook assumptions about where, how and why progressives can win campaigns have been turned on their head as increasing numbers of voters feel disaffected and Tea Partiers throw wild cards into many races. Progressive women can embrace this moment to help move the progressive agenda forward. But too often the Democratic Party fails to recruit and support the very women candidates who could be game changers for progressive politics. We’ll discuss how the growing numbers of activist women—and organizations devoted to helping them participate in politics and political leadership—can help reconnect voters with important progressive economic and gender issues. And we’ll analyze how to access the untapped power of women who want to make a difference for progressive issues and what it will take to get them elected. OH, and we’ll talk about the mama grizzlies…

If I do say so myself, I put together a superstar panel. Besides myself, you’ll get to hear and talk with:

Barbara Lee
Barbara Lee is a national leader in the effort to promote women’s political leadership and powerful participation in our democracy and in the arts.

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which Lee founded and leads, is recognized nationally for investing in women in politics. Lee is the driving force behind the Foundation’s groundbreaking “Governors Guidebook” series, which combines original research with nationally-distributed practical guides for women candidates seeking executive office.

Lee has leveraged her belief in empowering women in politics by endowing the Barbara Lee Women in U.S. Politics Training Program and Lecture Series at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which trains women for political office in the United States, and the Barbara Lee Political Intern Fellowship Program at Simmons College.

Joanne Bamberger
Joanne Bamberger is a recovering attorney, author and political/media analyst living in the shadow of the nation’s capital. She’s also known around the blogosphere as PunditMom!

PunditMom blog is the home of op-ed commentary by Joanne, who is also a freelance writer and former op-ed columnist for The Washington Examiner. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Washington Post, various American Lawyer Media publications, Legal Times, Washingtonian Magazine, and many others.

A new media expert and authority on political involvement of women and mothers, Joanne is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a featured columnist at CafeMom’s The Stir where she writes a weekly feature called Speaker of the House. Joanne also writes at MomsRising and MOMocrats, and was a contributing editor for news and politics at BlogHer. Her political commentary has appeared on CNN, Fox News,, BBC Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera English & XM Radio POTUS ‘08, among others.

Joanne speaks frequently at conferences and to private groups about the growing influence of women/mothers in politics and social media. She has presented and participated in panels at Netroots Nation 2009, the Feminist Majority Foundation, EMILY’s List, BlogHer, Fem 2.0, Type-A Mom Conference, WAM! 2009, the Women’s Media Center and others.

Pam Spaulding
Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of, honored as Best LGBT Blog in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards. In 2009, she was named one of Huffington Post’s Ultimate Game Changers in Politics, received the Women’s Media Center Award for Online Journalism, and named one of the OUT 100. Spaulding lives in Durham, NC.

Maria Teresa Kumar, president, Voto Latino
Roxanne Conlin, Candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa