Voices of Women: Today & Tomorrow


Voices of Women: Today & Tomorrow

Tuesday October 29, 2013, 7pm

1199C Hospital Worker Union Headquarters, 1319 Locust Street, 215-735-1300 

A Discussion with Nina Ball, Denise Brown, Sonia Sanchez, Amy Scholder

nina ballNina Ball aka Lyrispect is an award-winning poet, performer, activist & executive-producer who has been recognized by the NAACP and U.S. Coast Guard. She was an invited guest of The White House, recipient of the Sonia Sanchez Women’s Studies Award, and in 2013 she received the Asia Adams Save OUR Children Foundation Positive Image Award. Her social-change work is featured on two murals in Philadelphia. Nina has been a director and teaching artist for BLACK GIRLS ROCK! INC. since 2010.She has been a featured speaker &panelist for social justice, HIV/AIDS awareness, poverty, race and gender studies at conferences, summits and universities. She is a national leader for the African-American Film Festival releasing Movement (AFFRM) and an advocate for the empowerment of all women, girls and underserved populations.


denise brown

Denise Brown is Executive Director of the Leeway Foundation and Co-Chair of Bread and Roses Community Fund, she serves on the advisory committee of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the boards of Philadelphia Public Access Corporation, Delaware Valley Grantmakers, the Henrietta Wurts Memorial Fund, and Scribe Video Center. Denise has served as a member of Leeway’s Advisory Council and interim Board of Directors, officially joining the staff in July 2006. She previously served on the board of the Funding Exchange and the Women’s Community Revitalization Project. 



Sonia Sanchez – Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice. Sponsor of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Board Member of MADRE. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 16 books, a contributing editor to Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies. A recipient of many awards she has presented at over 500 colleges around the world. Sonia Sanchez is Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom Sisters,” an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution.



Amy Scholder is the editorial director of the Feminist Press. during her drool-worthy career, Amy has worked with Sapphire, Kathy Acker, Barbara Hammer, June Jordan, Joni Mitchell, Kate Millett, Kate Bornstein, Justin Vivian Bond, Laurie Weeks, and many more. On post-feminism: “i agree with martha rosler, who does not find the term “post-feminism” useful in any way. Feminist Press is publishing books which promote social justice, gender equality, and choice. these are feminist issues, and i don’t expect we’ll feel like our work is done any time soon” amy scholder 



Mary Flannery

Mary Flannery from Vision 2020’s Campaign for Equality, a national coalition developed by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine that works to advance five goals by the year 2020: Senior Leadership: to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions; Pay Equity: advance women’s economic security and achieve pay equity; Family-Friendly Workplace: promote family-friendly workplace policies; Youth Education: educate young people to value gender equality, shared leadership, and civic engagement; Voter Mobilization: engage and educate women voters and increase women’s participation in the political process

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