Badass Women in History
Join us Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00 pm at the NOW-NYC office to celebrate amazing women. RSVP here!
Many women’s accomplishments, service, and overall badassery have been written out of the white-cis-patriarchal narrative of history. Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of short, innovative talks given by local herstory advocates. We’ll learn about and honor women with significant yet unrecognized contributions to intersectional activism. Q&A and reception will follow. Join us in reclaiming powerful women in our history!
Clara Yoon, Founder of Asian Pacific Islander Project at PFLAG NYC highlights the work of Suki Terada Ports in raising awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on communities of color. Chi-Ante Singletary, member of Project Continua, talks about Maymie De Mena’s fight for an independent Jamaica. We’ll also be schooled by Jenna Freedman, the zine and “activist” librarian at Barnard College’s Lehman Library about Black zinesters.
More About Our Speakers:
Jenna Freedman is the founding curator of the zine library at Barnard College, where she also serves as the library’s associate director of communications and librarian for women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Her feminism has been influenced by reading 7,000 zines by people on the female spectrum, as well as working in a female-dominated profession at a women’s institution. Jenna writes and presents on zines in libraries and other topics of activist librarianship. She is a founding member of Radical Reference, a group that formed to support the protests against the Republican National Convention in NYC in 2004.
Chi-Ante Singletary is a proud scholar of color, feminist, and advocate. Born and raised outside of Charleston, SC, Chi-Ante’s Gullah upbringing instilled in her both a respect for her mother ancestors and a strong love of history. She attended Spelman College for her undergraduate degree, where her love and respect for black women blossomed into a career focused on creating safe spaces for black women around the world. While earning her degrees in Comparative Women Studies and History, Chi-Ante became an outspoken advocate against sexual violence, using her own experiences as the vehicle to highlight how common sexual violence is in the black community. Now a days, Chi-Ante works at Girls Inc. of NYC, a non-profit focused on empowering girls around the five boroughs while continuing to pursue scholarship about black women throughout the African Diaspora.
Clara Yoon – Founder of API (Asian Pacific Islander) Project at PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People) NYC chapter.
Clara Yoon is a proud Korean mother of a transgender, bisexual son. She is the founder of API Project that provides support for LGBTQ individuals and families of Asian heritage and addresses culture-specific needs of the API community. She also serves on the Board of PFLAG NYC chapter. She believes in the importance of improving LGBTQ equality in API homelands and faith groups to create better acceptance to LGBTQ individuals within the API communities both in Americas and oversea.