From Our Conveners: What Fem2.0 Is About

 

Women have been pioneers for change long before the Internet, long before computers, and long before electricity. We have been advocates for women whose voices cannot find breath, and we have been champions of those who have no other advocate. The Internet won’t change that. But what it is changing is how we do what we do best, connecting with each other and making common cause to change women’s lives, one click at a time.

Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women

 

Effective advocacy isn’t just about organizations lending their name to an issue or speaking up on Capitol Hill. Advocacy is about all citizens concerned with equality being knowledgeable and aware of the current status of important issues and taking action on those issues. The work of AAUW builds upon more than a century of responsible public participation, and we support the efforts of Feminism2.0 to bring together the women’s community to create and mobilize passionate advocates for women and girls.

Linda D. Hallman, CAE, Executive Director, American Association of University Women

 

The speed at which newspapers are shutting off their printing presses, and ramping up their online presence; the fact that television shows can get millions more viewers online than in original form; and the millions of women already gathered in conversation online, all point to a powerful opportunity. Feminism first and foremost is about equality. So far, we’ve missed it in mainstream media — let’s get online media right from the ground up.

Carol Jenkins, President, Women’s Media Center

  

VivirLatino hopes that Fem2.0 will represent, reflect, and build upon what is already a powerful force on the internet today, diverse and talented women sharing their experiences and skills with each other and the world at large.

Maegan "la Mala" Ortiz, Managing Editor, VivirLatino.com

 

It’s only natural that women are getting increasing attention as the majority of voters, the majority of Internet users and the controllers of the household purse strings. But women are using the Internet to raise their individual voices and prove that they are not a monolithic block who think, act or vote the same. Women have been highly engaged during this election season, and it seems like the perfect time to harness that energy, amplify those voices and seek action.

Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer

 

When we as women and organizations unify and come together, our collective voices become an even more powerful instrument for creating change. And rather than being resistant to discovering our differences, we should instead celebrate our diversity and encourage dialogue, so that we can learn from each other – and embody a feminism that seeks to serve and embrace us all.

Marianne Schnall, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Feminist.com

 

What is feminism in the 21st century?  What do women and families need for economic security?  Right now many women can’t even get past the maternal wall to set their sights on the glass ceiling.  In fact, with equal resumes, a mother is 79% less likely to be hired than someone without children–and mothers make significantly less than others. Together we can end this ‘maternal profiling’ and create work cultures that enable people to excel at both work and family.  It’s time for conversations about needed economic security policies that give women and families a fair chance while also supporting businesses. Together we can create culture change and pass economic security policies that will enable us to enjoy a vibrant and equitable century.

Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Co-Founders, Moms Rising