Equal Means Equal in 2017! Lets make this happen, ERA now in 2017! Happy New Year! #NatalieWhiteArtist #NatalieWhiteForEqualRights #NatalieWhiteMuse #NatalieWhiteActivist
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The election results teach us that democracy is not granted. It is not on auto pilot. Democracy requires we the people be involved in every single aspect from local through the national arena. This means to educate every citizen on the laws. We have an opportunity to show the next generation what it means to work and gain our freedoms in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. Is this not what this country is born for, is this not what the last few hundred years of fighting for equality for all men, women and children in this country (and globally – if we protect other countries we protect ourselves) have taught us?! #OnWard #KeepFighting #NatalieWhiteForEqualRights #Democracy
Shown above is my sculpture “Sisters of Liberty”. It was placed at the Washington Mall the day before the election.
It reminds me we have an obligation to all men and women of this country, as citizens of a democracy, to use our voices. All people deserve a fair democracy. We need to work with government to create transparency, improving the laws, and showing the world the great country that is the United States of America.
The Equal Rights Amendment is a piece of legislature that will help to protect against many forms of devastating and undermining prejudices in society. The passing of it will help not only women, men, the LBGT community, minorities, and therefore every person in our society by extension.
Let’s get the Equal Rights Amendment passed and work toward a more balanced country, sending a sign of unity and capable democracy, influencing the world in a positive way.
I am Natalie White (Artist/Activist/Feminist/VOICE). #Onward
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These are two people who I am honored to call my friends. They are great supporters of art, feminism, and my using my art to shed light upon the need for the Equal Rights Amendment in this country. I have had the extreme pleasure to be part of their creative process at Burning Man this past week.
As you can see here, it has been a lovely experience.
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Burning Man is has taught me the value of our footprint as humans on this earth, and how we can mitigate a great deal of the damage we naturally cause. It has also taught me the beautiful results of team work, and the power of art under a endlessly big sky, via the rituals of artistic creation. I feel strongly this is a tradition that should go on expanding the horizons of people for years to come.
I look forward to seeing and participating in the power of Burning Man http://burningman.org and enjoying the amazingly positive energy, in the future. And, today I am enjoying the here and now…the transience of the art. Art, much of which will never be created or seen again requires I stay in the moment. These art pieces are present for those lucky enough to witness them. Pieces to be carried away after the burning of the man on the final day, and brought back to places all around the world, in our minds eyes alone.
Feminism and art are intertwined through history. Often the act of a woman creating art is, in itself a representation of feminine strength, and the people supporting this strength. This time on a desert with other creative people, in nearly meditative creation, through sands and winds, and sun traveling across the sky, gives me the energy to fight the good fight for the Equal Rights Amendment. Congress, here I come, for the American People. It will happen.
Thank you to Elise and Lawrence for the support and belief in what I am, and what I am trying to accomplish. Thank you for a new artistic experience.
Let us all keep our eye on the goal! #MarchForERA
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To quote the amazing Patricia Arquette: “Badass Artist and Activist Natalie White @marchforERA was arrested for painting ERA NOW on Capitol steps#EqualRights” @PattyArquette
My surrender was arranged for midnight Thursday night\friday morning.
I showed up with my friends Frank and Sophie. We went from my boyfriends house to the Capitol Police Station at 119 D street northeast in a lyft. My boyfriend couldn’t couldn’t go because he has a stay away order from the Capitol because he poured money on congress when they were voting on the dark bill. We drove past the constitution center in DC where we read Susan B. Anothony’s quote on a huge banner hanging outside the constitution center reading, “We shall some day be heeded, and when we shall have our amendment to the Constitution of the United States, everybody will think it was always so.”
The prosecutor wanted to get a stay away order on me that I would be able to go to any government building but i just got a stay away order from the Capitol Building. I have to call once a week to tell them that I won’t be running away and I have to show up for arraignment September 26th at the courthouse in DC.
The way I see it, that building is where the laws are changed. It’s where we have a do nothing congress. Every year since 1982 when the ERA failed, it has been reintroduced into congress- and they have yet to vote on it. Our constitution says “We the people of the United States”. Aren’t I one of those people?
TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK! Ask me anything, on Twitter @MarchForERA or comment into this blog post!
Read the entire ArtNet.com article written by Sarah Cascone here…
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is the executive director and under-secretary-general of UN Women. Mambo-Ngcuka is one woman who understands the globally positive impact that will be gained when the United States of America would ratify the constitution to include the Equal Rights Amendment.
On the 14th of this month, August 2016, while speaking at a Unisa gathering celebrating Women”s Month, Mlambo-Ngcuka reminded the world of the findings of The World Health Organization. The negative impact of violence against women has reached pandemic proportions.
I agree when Mlambo-Ngcuka says, “Extremely disturbing is the tolerance of all crimes against women.”
Knowledge is power, and just because we may not see the direct abuse of women in our culture, (even as police statistics from live reports prove rape and abuse is at a global high – even in the united states), we can educate ourselves and work toward the E.R.A. as a force for good in our country, and the world, for our daughters, our mothers, our sisters, our selves, and all of the people directly related connected to all of us women. . .
Please Check Out the IOL article here. It is brief and to the point.
Please comment or email me any questions about the information I have gathered on this and other related topics, directly at MarchForERA@Gmail.com and do follow me on Twitter @MarchForERA, as I keep up the fight for us all!
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I emphatically agree with Jacki Zehner, chief engagement officer of Women Moving Millions, when she speaks about the benefits and needs of corporations to understand “how to advance a gender equity agenda more seriously.” The financial services have a huge opportunity to take their years of research on gender equality and make a difference.
Having been a dealer in the art world for quite a few years I have had the opportunity to spend time with some powerful people in the finance world, many great supporters of feminism and feminist artist. This is a dialog we do have, that does need to move to action, and in my opinion, it can be put into effect now, if only the effort is made by the financial services sector in general, benefiting everyone in the process.
“In the early 2000s there were some studies out there making the business case for women, but nowhere near where we are today,” Zehner says. “Now, the case has been made.”
Zehner goes on to to say, “This case holds that companies with more gender diversity on their boards, leadership teams, and workforces do better in multiple ways. As well, researchers stress the growing wealth in the hands of women investors and also the critical ways in which women entrepreneurs drive new business creation and job growth. More broadly, there’s now widespread understanding that empowering women is a key to any nation’s overall economic growth and dynamism.”
Check out the full article from Inside Philanthropy, written by writer Kiersten Marek. http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/6/20/the-case-has-been-made-a-philanthropist-pushes-business-on-g.html
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I was a strong athlete throughout school and I emphatically support women in sports! One program created in part by the UN Women, in tandem with others in Brazil, is one that has come to my attention and I would like to pass it along here, as written by the https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-news
getty images of Kaillana (14), Marcelly (16) and Adrielle (12) who have benefited from the program.
Read he full article here. https://www.olympic.org/news/-one-win-leads-to-another-a-rio-2016-social-legacy-in-the-making
THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC), UN WOMEN AND WORLDWIDE OLYMPIC PARTNER P&G’S ALWAYS BRAND CELEBRATE THE COMMUNITY-BASED SPORTS PROGRAMME WHICH SETS OUT TO BUILD LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND INCREASE SELF-CONFIDENCE OF 2,500 ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN BRAZIL AS A SOCIAL AND OLYMPIC LEGACY OF RIO 2016.
“This project has helped me to believe and pursue a dream which is to become a great athlete. I feel very much empowered,” said 12 year-old Adrielle with poise. “You can tell the teenagers who take part in sport are different to those who don’t. We are more open-minded and we end up discovering ourselves.” With dreams of being a professional athlete or a rhythmic gymnastics teacher, the young Carioca ran with the Olympic torch on 5 August as it approached the end of its journey to the Maracanã Stadium.”
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“ON AVERAGE women earn 18% less than men, according to analysis by Korn Ferry Hay Group, a consulting firm which looked at more than 8m employees in 33 countries. The pay gap is largely explained by a lack of women in highly paid roles. Women make up 40% of the global workforce for clerical jobs but only 17% of executive roles. However, the pay gap shrinks when comparing males and females working at an identical level and function within the same company (but still favours men by 1.6%).
In Britain, more than four decades after the equal pay act was introduced, the headline difference between men and women’s pay is still high. A pledge made in 2015 by David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, to “end the gender pay gap in a generation” is an ambitious one. Women only make up around a third of senior management roles there. Workers at the same level but in different companies still face an average pay gap of over 9%.
The United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, has a reverse pay gap. Women at the same level, company and function actually earn 2% more than their male counterparts. This is partly because fewer women participate in the labour force, and those that do tend to have higher levels of education. In 2014 women made up 13% of the labour force; in Britain the share was 46%.” – The Data Team at the Economist 2016 #MarchForERA #NatalieWhiteArtist
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Bonnie Grabenhofer is the acting vice president of NOW or the National Organization of Women, a grassroots feminist organization, dedicated to the promotion women’s rights, as well as highlighting the achievements of women. Grabenhofer was elected executive vice president in 2009 and became the president in 2013.
Prior to her election as a national NOW officer, Grabenhofer was a principal in Partners In Learning, Inc., and has over 20 years of experience in instructional design, project management, and performance improvement consulting. Grabenhofer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree from National Louis University, and is a Certified Performance Technologist.
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Christine Lahti is an Academy Award winning actress and activist. She is an advisory council member on the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality.
Catharine A McKinnon is a feminist, social activist, lawyer and teacher. She is famously known for establishing the legal claim that sexual harassment is sex discrimination AND having the Supreme Court side with her in 1986. From 2008-2012 she served as the special gender adviser at The Hague’s International Criminal Court, the first position of its kind.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 12th congressional district. Her work on amending a foreign aid bill helped secure $60 million in funding for Afghan women and girls. She is also the chief House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Mary McCormack is an actress known for her work on The West Wing. She uses her various platforms to speak up about various social issues that are currently gripping the nation, such as the HB1523 bill and police brutality.
Robin Morgan is a poet, activist and political theorist. She has been an important figure in the feminist movement since the early 1960s. She participated in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and was a founding member of the New York Radical Women and W.I.T.C.H. in 2005, she co-founded the Women’s Media Centre with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda.
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Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, political commentator and activist. His PBS Show Tavis Smiley covers a range of political issues and movements such as Black Lives Matter and Pro-Choice. In 1999 he founded The Tavis Smiley Foundation, which was created to empower develop leadership programs for youth.
Rep. Jackie Speier is U.S. Representative for California’s 14th congressional district. She is an avid supporter of the ERA, member of The Feminist Majority and tirelessly campaigns for the ratification deadline to be removed from the ERA.
Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy, Tony & Grammy winning actor most recognizable for her role in HBO’s Sex & The City. She is an outspoken feminist, pro-choice & LGBTQ+ activist. Nixon was a staunch advocate for the marriage equality movement who famously announced her engagement at an equality rally in New York in 2009 to now-wife Christine Marinoni.
Lynn Nottage is a Playwright who’s work deals with heavy hitting social issues. Pulitzer prize winning Ruined deals with issues of rape, sexual slavery and the plight of women in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark was an Off-Broadway play that chronicled the story of Vera Stark, an African-American maid who becomes a star Off-Broadway.
Rosie O’Donnell is a comedian, actress and television personality who rose to prominence in the mid 1980’s and went on to host The Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996 – 2002. She came out soon before the show ended to bring attention to issues involving adoption for gay couples and has since gone on to become a foster and adoptive mother.
I am a proud Member of the ERA Coalition!
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Valencia Mohammed is a community activist, chief strategist for the Leo Alexander for Mayor Campaign, and a writer for the Afro American Newspaper. She has been writing for the newspaper since 2010, covering a spectrum of stories from gentrification to the issue of marijuana. Valencia is speaking at http://www.busboysandpoets.com on 07/22/16 with us during the http://www.marchforera.com . We are looking forward to the dialog!
Have a look at Valencia here!
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This summer, The ERA coalition, led by Donna Deitch, Jessica Neuwirth and Jane Fonda are launching a series of 60-second PSAs showcasing the importance of the ERA.
Modern television icon, Laverne Cox of Orange Is The New Black, will be starring in The PSA Project. She has become a leading face in the recent trans rights movement after being the first trans woman to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine. Her candid, graceful, open and honest demeanour give a continuous source of hope and inspiration for countless trans people across the world who either feel like they don’t belong or are struggling to love themselves. Her voice also holds significant value as a feminist for creating open dialogue about intersectionality and gender identity.
Another Orange Is The New Black star, Taylor Schilling has been a supporting member of the ERA coalition for quite some time. She also lends her support to the the Time For Change foundation, as well as using her platform to speak up about the importance of Black Lives Matter.
“There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience … If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence.”
-Laverne Cox, ‘The Transgender Tipping Point’ by Katy Steinmetz, TIME Magazine (May 2014)
“Gender equality isn’t just about women. It’s about a world with equal opportunity for all. I support #ERANow’
– Taylor Schilling for ‘Equal Means Equal’ (June 2015)
“Feminism often has a negative connotation, and I am always working towards changing that mindset.” JF
“You want it to be about men as well. It should be about the whole species.” LT
-Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin by Sasha Bronner, Huffington Post (May 2015)
Read Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth
More info on The PSA Project HERE
If you’re ever in Philadelphia, make sure you check out Wooden Shoe Books and Records! They were fantastic hosts for our open forum last week. We had the privilege of meeting a wonderfully diverse group of young Philly feminists! We had just hit 100 miles of marching this day and arrived during a torrential downpour, but we still march rain or shine! Be sure to check out some videos from the open forum on Facebook Here and Here !