Check Out These Events for Gender Equality Happening on V-Day

Tarana Burke will be hosted by Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design on February 14, 2017, for a discussion on the evolving #Metoo movement.

It’s a busy week for me, as well as for a lot of other gender equality advocates. Some big names in gender equality are coming out for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a list of a few of the events going on to give voice and power to gender equality movements on February 14th.

Tarana Burke Will Speak At Brown University: The recently rediscovered leader of the #Metoo movement, Tarana Burke, will be hosted by both RISD and Brown University for a discussion on February 14th. The title of the discussion is, #MeToo: What’s next in Healing and Activism, and the event is already sold out, but if you want to get on the waitlist, you can go here.

Eve Ensler, Author and Activist.

Eve Ensler, Author of Vagina Monologues Launches 20th Anniversary of V-Day: Activists worldwide have pledged to “Rise, Resist, and Unite” on February 14th for V-Day. “Probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade,” is how the New York Times once described The Vagina Monologues. 

Now that “vagina” is a familiar word in the English lexicon, Eve Ensler’s work has continued to evolve worldwide. Each year on V-day, performances of the show take place all over the world, many serving as benefits for organizations and groups doing work to prevent gender-based violence.  This year, in celebration of the 20th anniversary, activities include an anniversary benefit on February 14th at Manhattan Theater Club and V20: The Red Party at Carnegie Hall. Proceeds from these two events will benefit V-day’s global advocacy for gender equality and a safer world for women.

For the 20th anniversary, Ballantine Books is also releasing a new version of The Vagina Monologues featuring new voices and an updated intro by Eve Ensler, with new foreword by Jacqueline Woodson. In the past, V-Day campaigns have raised over a $100 million in funds for groups working to end violence and help survivors and their families.

For more about V-Day, go here. 

Okay, those are the two big events. The last event is about me. On February 14th, I will be a guest, along with Mona Sinha, on Take the Lead Happy Hour, hosted by Gloria Feldt. Details below:

Yours truly, Kiersten Marek, LICSW, editor and founder, Philanthropy Women.

The Many Faces of Love: How Women + Philanthropy Changes the World

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Live Run time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET

Join us on Valentine’s Day for a conversation about how women are giving and why.  Become part of the conversation with Kiersten  Marek, Founder and Publisher of Philanthropy Women;  Mona Sinha, Board Member of Women Moving Millions, founding member of the Asian Women’s Leadership University and Trustee of Smith College and Gloria Feldt.

Find out how to put your “power to” to work from these dynamic women who will share what they know about the world of philanthropic organizations, what women need to know about how to make their contributions count, and what they have learned from the women they’ve worked with in changing the world. 

Questions to be discussed:

  • What are the challenges for you in philanthropy?
  • How can a woman get started?  And is there a way for her to align her job and a philanthropic cause she believes in?
  • How can women make their contributions count?
  • What have you learned from the women you’ve worked with?
  • What are the passions driving women in philanthropy?
  • Is philanthropy a gender-neutral field?  Are there parity issues here as in other industries?
  • How has the philanthropic world changed—what issues have driven that change?
  • Opportunities and challenges women face in philanthropy?
  • Advice for women looking to break into this world?
  • Recommendations for women seeking leadership roles. What was your secret to making it?

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link!


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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