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TIMELY: Arts Funding Petition for Gender Parity

Here is the link to the petition: http://1.usa.gov/1Ao26IW

And here is a link to the press release with social media suggestions: http://onepagerapp.com/rm17

Yvette Heyliger (an LPTW member), has come up with a petition 
about how to connect gender parity to public funding. 

It was not written under the aegis of any particular group or network but was submitted by her.

It already has the requisite 150+ signatures for it to go from "invisible" to "visible" on the White House site. Now it needs 100,000 by Feb 6th to get an official response from the White House.

One person who responded to Yvette right away was Gloria Steinem; Ms. Steinem said she would also explore how this effort might be done without crafting new legislation, via Title IX. That said, we must pursue multiple avenues, and this one might very well help that one along. I propose that we:

1. all sign this petition if we haven't already
2. disseminate it widely to others that would sign via email and/or social media.  
3. officially endorse this petition as an organization and recommend that all our member orgs do the same and put a link to it on our home page; get the word out on eblasts etc; encourage other organizations to do same. 

Yvette also has a press release I can forward you if you are interested; it includes some suggested social media hashtags that we at the LPTW Think Tank have compiled. I will bring next week.

A few things are intriguing about the petition:
• it calls for legislation, but given the character count limit on whitehouse.gov, does not actually spell out the legislation, so at the moment has no actual or potential drawbacks
• it does not call for a quota but for equal access and opportunity
• theatre is mentioned as an example, but it applies to all the arts and to all arts institutions — so we should get it to go beyond our community as well

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - VintAge Award & Event 10/18 at MIST Harlem


244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2932, New York, New York 10010

Contact:          Leslie Shreve
                        212-592-4511
                        press@womenartsmediacoalition.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2014

WOMEN IN THE ARTS & MEDIA COALITION ANNOUNCES
VintAge
Supporting the Voice and Vision of Women in the Arts & Media As They Age
Early Bird Tickets Still Available through the holiday weekend (10/14)
for the October 18th Award & Event
featuring
Tisa Chang, Morgan Jenness, Isa Goldberg, Barbara Davis, and more
with Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer on video
Screening of ADVANCED STYLE documentary
plus new short film starring Leslie Uggams


The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is producing VintAge, one of its two Signature Events, supporting the voice and vision of women in the arts & media as they age, on Saturday, October 18, from 1-5:30 p.m. at MIST Harlem

The 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award Winner for advocacy for women in the arts & media as they age will be presented to Morgan Jenness, dramaturg & agent, for spearheading the cause célèbre that has protected Maria Irene Fornes and her playwriting work in her elder years. The award will be presented by Tisa Chang, artistic director of Pan Asian Rep. There will also be pre-taped personal statements made about Elsa Rael and the importance of celebrating women in the arts and media as they age by Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer.

It will be an afternoon both entertaining and illuminating, beginning with the new documentary ADVANCED STYLE by Lina Plyoplyte, the story behind the fashion blog which became an international phenomenon (70 minutes); and JUST THE THREE OF US, a short film by Angela Tucker starring Leslie Uggams (15 minutes).

Following will be a panel on breakthroughs and issues of women aging in the arts and media moderated by Isa Goldberg, President of the Drama Desk; panelists include Barbara Davis, COO of the Actors Fund, Liz Rosenberg, poet/novelist; Yvonne Curry, choreographer/director, and more.

The award presentation will then be followed by a reception and networking. Hosts for the day will be Co-Presidents of the Coalition, Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone.

A limited number of tickets to VintAge are available to the public. Ticket prices are: $15 for members of any of the Coalition's member organizations / $30 for non-members (early bird rate now extended through October 14), $20 for members after October 14; $40 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.womenartsmediacoalition.bpt.me/ or http://bpt.me/880439. Checks can also be sent directly to the Coalition.

For the first VintAge in 2001, Elsa Rael, then Co-President of the Coalition, wrote: "VintAge was conceived to encourage awareness of the effects of unemployment due to aging on the individual, as well as the resultant loss of talent and experience to the arts and media communities and the incalculable loss to the general public."

Hillary Rodham Clinton, then a U.S. Senator from New York, wrote for that first program: "My hope for every woman in the 21st Century is that she will be blessed with choice and empowered with the tools of opportunity to make the most of her God-given talents. She will be free to pursue her own vision in the world of work, in the public sphere, in the political process and to build loving and strong families at home. Her voice will be heard; her concerns will be followed."

Celebrants at past VintAge events have included Lainie Kazan, Phyllis Newman, Tina Howe, Marian Seldes, Lynn Ahrens, Anita Gillette, and Lesley Gore.

VintAge is co-sponsored by NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television), SAG-AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. All four of these organizations are members of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which represents more than 80,000 women and men in the performing arts and media through its member organizations and affiliates. The Coalition focuses the power of its member organizations and their memberships together and uses the combined strength to address issues of concern through advocacy, networking, and educational events. Member organizations are: Actors' Equity Association, Dramatists Guild of America, League of Professional Theatre Women, SAG-AFTRA New York Local, Stage Directors and Choreographers, New York Women in Film & Television, and the Writers Guild of America, East. Affiliate organizations are: WomenArts, Women's Media Center, Women Make Movies, Works by Women, Drama Desk, Dancers Over 40, The Lambs, Inc., The Rehearsal Club, and Professional Women Singers Association. For more information on the Coalition, visit www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.

MIST Harlem is located at 46 West 116th Street, in the heart of central Harlem, steps from the IRT #2 and #3 train.  MIST Harlem is guided by the essential philosophy of using select environmentally sustainable materials which minimize consumption of resources, improve air quality, reduce energy consumption, preserve resources for future generations while providing an inviting and compelling, contemporary space. Largely hired from the Harlem community and beyond, staff is cross-trained in hospitality, efficient operations, marketing and promotions and technical production services to develop a team that excels in customer service, cultural resonance and community engagement. MIST offers a unique, dining and entertainment experience in an environmentally responsible, inviting and compelling, contemporary setting.

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FOOD & WINE TO PUBLISH ALL-WOMEN ISSUE IN JAN. - SUPPORT WOMEN CHEFS & RESTAURATEURS



































 For Release: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
 Contact: Beverly Wettenstein

FOOD & WINE TO PUBLISH "WOMEN WHO RULE FOOD WORLD" IN JANUARY

WHEN WILL WOMEN CHEFS RISE UP TO BE ON FOOD & WINE "BEST NEW CHEFS" LIST?

Beverly Wettenstein's annual status report on women chefs and restaurateurs published today: 



Advocacy journalism works!   She reports exciting news and milestones for women on the culinary calendar:

FOOD & WINE DEDICATES JANUARY ISSUE TO WOMEN WHO RULE FOOD WORLD

Wettenstein's advocacy, letters and annual reports for more than a decade -- along with leading, outspoken women chefs -- have made a difference. The proof is in the pudding.  Dana Cowin, longtime Editor In Chief of Food & Wine, called to tell her F&W  will dedicate the January 2015 issue to the women who rule the food world.

CALL TO ACTION FOR WOMEN LEADERS:  HOW TO SUPPORT WOMEN CHEFS AND RESTAURATEURS

Wettenstein is on a mission to urge women leaders and event planners to put your money where your mouth is and turn up the heat.  Seek and support women chefs and restaurateurs when booking events and conferences.  This is especially important for events honoring women and sponsored by women's organizations.  She also recommends requesting and hiring female wait and bar staff, to support working women.

FOOD PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES FOR WOMEN

List and links to leading organizations formed to support and advance women in the profession. 

Share the story on The Braiser's Facebook and Twitter pages

Twitter:         www.twitter.com/TheBraiser

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FOOD & WINE TO PUBLISH ALL-WOMEN ISSUE IN JAN. - SUPPORT WOMEN CHEFS & RESTAURATEURS - UVW

 For Release: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
 Contact: Beverly Wettenstein

FOOD & WINE TO PUBLISH "WOMEN WHO RULE FOOD WORLD" IN JANUARY

WHEN WILL WOMEN CHEFS RISE UP TO BE ON FOOD & WINE "BEST NEW CHEFS" LIST?

Beverly Wettenstein's annual status report on women chefs and restaurateurs published today: 



Advocacy journalism works!   She reports exciting news and milestones for women on the culinary calendar:

FOOD & WINE DEDICATES JANUARY ISSUE TO WOMEN WHO RULE FOOD WORLD

Wettenstein's advocacy, letters and annual reports for more than a decade -- along with leading, outspoken women chefs -- have made a difference. The proof is in the pudding.  Dana Cowin, longtime Editor In Chief of Food & Wine, called to tell her F&W  will dedicate the January 2015 issue to the women who rule the food world.

CALL TO ACTION FOR WOMEN LEADERS:  HOW TO SUPPORT WOMEN CHEFS AND RESTAURATEURS

Wettenstein is on a mission to urge women leaders and event planners to put your money where your mouth is and turn up the heat.  Seek and support women chefs and restaurateurs when booking events and conferences.  This is especially important for events honoring women and sponsored by women's organizations.  She also recommends requesting and hiring female wait and bar staff, to support working women.

FOOD PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES FOR WOMEN

List and links to leading organizations formed to support and advance women in the profession. 

Share the story on The Braiser's Facebook and Twitter pages

Twitter:         www.twitter.com/TheBraiser

The Braiser:  info@thebraiser.com










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