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WAM! It Yourself (13 - 24 March 2013, USA/Canada)

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WAM! It Yourself takes place from 13 - 24 March 2013 in various cities in the US and Canada (Austin, Boston, Camden NJ, Washington DC, Los Angeles, NYC, Ottawa, Vancouver) and also encompasses two online events.

Do you care about creating gender justice in media? Want to connect with folks in your area who share your concerns, and join an international community of activists, journalists, academics, artists and media-makers, all taking action at the same time? Then you want WAM! It Yourself, a decentralized version of our annual Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) conference. This year, instead of everyone who cares about gender justice in media gathering in one place for WAM!, WAM! is happening exactly where you are.

Check out the WAM! It Yourself events happening in these cities:
Austin / Boston / Camden, NJ / Washington, DC / Los Angeles / NYC / Ottawa / Vancouver

and these online events:
-Women Write Wikipedia: A How-To Webinar
-Media, Gender, and the African Diaspora

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 13

Online // Media, Gender, and the African Diaspora: Time TBA. Spectra is a queer Nigerian Afrofeminist writer and media activist who will host a podcast on media, gender, and the African diaspora. Stay tuned for further details.

Boston // “The Invisible War” Film Screening & Discussion: 6:15 p.m. Come together to watch the Oscar-nominated film exposing the national scandal of sexual violence among US military personnel, then stay for an inspiring talkback that will help us all take action for change. Check back soon – talkback details TBA.

Thursday, March 14

Camden, NJ // ”It Was Rape” Film Screening & Discussion: 7:00 p.m.. In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb faceless statistics—and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. A discussion with filmmaker Jennifer Baumgardner will follow the screening.

Friday, March 15

Austin // Second Annual MEOW/WIMPS High Tea Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All professional women in music are invited to attend the High Tea Ladies Luncheon at SXSW at the Chateau Bellevue, hosted by MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women) and WIMPS (Women in Music Professional society). Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP by March 1.

Saturday, March 16

Ottawa // Media Activism 101 for DUMFEMMY’S: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join fellow Ottawa WAM!mers for a workshop about feminism and media activism at the Conservation Coop, 140 Mann Avenue.

Monday, March 18

Vancouver // Monday Media Mutiny: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday Media Mutiny is a once-monthly feminist event organized by Women, Action, & the Media (WAM!) Vancouver, in which community members meet to perform a quick action that fights back against sexist representations of women in the media. At the present time, these events take place on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. Stay tuned for a location.

Washington, DC // WIN & Feminist Blogger Networking Happy Hour: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Details coming!

Wednesday, March 20

Online // Women Write Wikipedia: A How-To Webinar : 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. In this hour-long online workshop, WAM!Bassador of Technology Deanna Zandt will teach you the basics of editing a Wikipedia page, as well as the cultural norms that you’ll need to know to be a good Wikipedian.

Los Angeles // WAM!LA Conference: 2:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Our conference this year, organized by Melanie Klein, will feature presentations that discuss domestic violence in the media, the importance of feminist radio, the movement in support of the Media and Public Health Act at CSU Northridge, media justice writing, and the relationship between feminism, the internet, and the imagination. The conference will take place at Santa Monica College (check back for an exact location.)

Saturday, March 23

NYC // WAM! It Yourself Conference for Feminist Media Makers: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Are you feminist journalist or media activist? Love feminist media? Want to learn more tools, strategies and ideas to do your work better, and meet other print, online, multimedia journalists and activists doing awesome work? Join us for our WAM! It Yourself Conference, and check back soon for information about registering. (Follow the event live via Twitter at #wamnyc)

Boston // WAM!Boston Film Festival 2013: 5:00 p.m. Join us for the first day of WAM!’s Boston Film Festival where we will screen a series of documentary shorts along with the films “Indelible Lalita,” “Bordering on Treason,” and “Words of Witness.” Tickets will be available online starting Feb. 15, or at the door at The Brattle Theatre. Passes for entry to all films will be available for $30.

Los Angeles // WAM!LA Mixer: 7:30 p.m. Join fellow LA WAM!mers for a mixer at Little Bar (757 S. La Brea) to celebrate the end of WAM! It Yourself 2013. Group trivia starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24

Boston // WAM! Boston Film Festival 2013: 12:00 p.m. The second day of WAM!’s Boston Film Festival brings screenings of the film “Circus Dreams” and a series of experimental and animated shorts. Tickets will be available online starting Feb. 15, or at the door at The Brattle Theatre. Passes for entry to all films will be available for $30.

Boston // WAM! & WIFVNE Post-Fest Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m. Join WAM! and Women in Film and Video New England for a post-festival celebration and networking night!

WAM! Women, Action, & the Media: WAM! connects and supports media makers, activists, academics and funders working to advance women’s media participation, ownership and representation. Our work is part of an advocacy movement for gender justice in media.


United States
Type of project: 
Video & Film
Internet & digital divide
Representation of women
Date of project: 
03/13/2013 - 03/24/2013