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Saturday, May 5, 2018

By Raquel Hall

In January 2016, Barack Obama became the first president to comment on menstruation when YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen asked him why tampons and pads are taxed as luxury items in 40 states. Hw writes: “I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.” Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui made top news  for talking about her period at the Olympics. She finished 4th in the women’s 4x100-meter medley relay, she was doubled over in pain holding her stomach. When asked why, she says, “my period started last night, so I’m feeling pretty weak and really tired. But this isn’t an excuse. At the end of the day, I just didn’t swim very well.” Even Whoopi Goldberg started a medical marijuanacompany with an entire line of products aimed at helping with the pain of menstrual cramps.

When we now enter most of the women’s bathrooms of the NCC campus  whether it is heading to their first class or the gym , they’ll find something new like in many campus bathrooms: free tampons and pads.

There’s been a lot of conversation about why pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury, but not a lot of action. Low-income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.Brown University being one of the first higher-education institutions to implement this  program. The putting of menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms,because after all not all people who menstruate are women. To set a tone of trans-inclusivity and not forget that they’re important to society.Of course I expect the internet trolls and the ignorant to pushback.All thanks to funding from the student-run undergraduate finance board menstrual products will be available in approximately 30 to 40 bathrooms across campus for the 2016–2017 school year. A lot of other student governments are going down the university route. We really want to encourage them to take matters into their own hands.Students at Brown aren’t the only ones going back to school this month with unprecedented access to menstrual products.As of this autumn, New York City public schools will provide free tampons and pads in all secondary school buildings. The move is part of the city’s landmark legislation, passed on 13 July 2016, ensuring free menstrual products in all public schools, shelters and correctional facilities. (In July, New York also became the 11th state to eliminate taxes on menstrual products. The new law went into effect on 1 September, yet some stores, including a handful of Duane Reade pharmacies in the city initially continued to charge the tax.

New York City launched a pilot program putting free menstrual products in one school last spring, then gradually expanded it to 25 schools. Students must feel comfortable during their classes so they can focus on learning, and having free, easy access to menstrual products is essential. Unlike toilet paper, which is provided for free in school restrooms, students are typically on their own to access menstrual supplies. Yet in order to be fully engaged in the classroom, these are as much of a necessity as pencils and paper. This is especially true for younger teens who are more likely to be caught off guard by the arrival of their period and without budgets of their own to buy emergency tampons or pads. This NEEDS TO CHANGE!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Event this weekend

NCC Professor
Pramila Venkateswaran
will be leading a workshop on consciousness-raising!

April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mid-Suffolk National Organization of Women


Tuesday, April 24, 2018



May 5, 2018



Music: Batalá New York                     
Saturday, May 5, 2018
5–6 pm
Brooklyn Museum Plaza
All female Afro-Brazilian drumline Batalá New York kicks off the night with samba-reggae beats.

Curator Tour

Saturday, May 5, 2018
5:30–6:30 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, and Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, give a walkthrough of our special exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.

Dance: Mujeres Valientes

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6–7:30 pm
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana previews their upcoming show Mujeres Valientes, premiering at BAM later in May. Created by flamenco legend Belén Maya, it highlights individual Latin American women over the centuries who have challenged authority and fought ignorance, inequality, and injustice. Then, the company leads a flamenco workshop. All are welcome; no experience necessary.

Hands-On Art

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6–8 pm
Con Edison Education Gallery, 1st Floor
Design a mask inspired by your cultural heritage and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, using paint markers and exciting patterns. 330 free tickets in Hands-On Art line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Community Talk: Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6–7 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Learn about the life and work of Civil Rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera, and get involved in the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s continued fight for the right of self-determination for all trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people of color. Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Candle Decorating: Colectiva Cósmica with Riobamba

Saturday, May 5, 2018
6:30–9:30 pm
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Decorate candles honoring women revolutionaries across the Americas in this collage workshop with feminist collective Colectiva Cósmica, featuring a set by Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist Riobamba.

Music: Combo Chimbita

Saturday, May 5, 2018
7–8 pm
Biergarten, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
Combo Chimbita perform tropical-infused funk and soul with elements from around the world, including Colombian cumbia, 1970s funaná from Cape Verde, and kompa from Haiti, as well as salsa and reggae, mixing synth and guacharaca sounds.

Pop-Up Gallery Talks

Saturday, May 5, 2018
7–8 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks highlighting two artworks in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.

Film: Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8–9 pm
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Catch rarely seen shorts by women filmmakers from Latin America, including experimental Super 8s by Puerto Rican artist Poli Marichal (whose work is featured in Radical Women), hosted by documentary filmmaker Jesse Lerner. Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Book Club: Marta Moreno Vega

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:30–9:30 pm
Luce Center for American Art, 5th Floor
In her memoir When the Spirits Dance Mambo, Marta Moreno Vega captures the sights, sounds, and traditions of a Puerto Rican New Yorker growing up in East Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s. Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Music: Jarina De Marco

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9–10 pm
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Jarina De Marco blends international Latin American and electronic rhythms in futuristic anthems of self-determination and support for global resistance movements, with visuals by Screaming Horses. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 8 pm.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018



On Monday, 4/23 at 11:00 in CCB 252, 
Anita Sarkeesian will discuss depictions of women in popular culture as well as her experiences of online harassment. 



04/20/2018 @ 8:30 AM

One Fair Wage Rally & Public Hearing: Farmingdale, NY

Although New York City increased hourly wages from $2.13 an hour to $7.25 an hour, most restaurant workers still bring home inadequate pay, and suffer high rates of sexual harassment and wage theft. They are not alone. Workers at car washes and nail salons are also underpaid and face high levels of abuse, discrimination, and wage theft.
Please join advocates and workers to rally for increasing the minimum wage for tipped employees. The restaurant industry is spending millions of dollars to spread misinformation and lie about the impact of this campaign. One Fair Wage is NOT proposing to ban tips, only to increase the hourly wage to a livable wage and improve working conditions for workers.
Click here for more info about the campaign and the legislation. Join us at the rally.
WHEN: Friday, April 20th
TIME: Rally 8:30 AM-9:30 AM; Hearing at 10:00 AM
WHERE: The Little Theatre, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale NY 11735

Monday, April 16, 2018


DPI NGO Chat Series "Why Do Child Marriages Still Exist in Today’s World?" - 17 April 2018

The moderator, Jaslin Kaur, is a graduate of NCC!


Jaslin Kaur
Co-Founder, RefuGirl


Helen Belachew
Gender and Development Manager, Programmes Division, UNICEF
Luz Maria Utrera
Fundacion Luz Maria, 
Formally Associated NGO with DPI
Upasana Chauhan
Women's Health and Education Center, 
Formally Associated NGO with DPI 

by Selena Cano

My mama 
She the love of my life.
Even tho 
she gets me tight
I’d do whatever for her
She need me
She call me
Im there, on site
Shes my light
I know she just wanna see me do right
But damn 
When i start to get tight
Feel the red Take a flight 
And now its really on site
Im throwin shade
Yell so loud, its sounds like roaring
Cause the anger fills my veins
Its from all the pain.
She understand.
She wanna help me land.
Not turn up and act like a clown.
She hold me & ask why i been so down
I tell her mama, i need to leave this town
Its all a reminder
Im tryna be that girl 
who left it all behind her
& started to find her
Hit the skur skur
& allow the peace to occur.
She tell me she prefers 
For me to get away 
From all the blur
Go babygirl, i wont feel betrayed.
My mama, my anxiety making me feel like i need to stay.
But i go 
Put all my shit 
In that gray little tray.
Look at her
And say
Thank you mama
You always kept me sane
I love you always
I love you forever and a day
I love you through the pain
I love you as much as 
the plants love the rain.
I never stopped loving you
I felt that way everysingle day.
I cant wait for you to see me 
Find my way.
Without any trauma.
See you later mama
Ill call you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 15, 2018




Thursday, April 12, 2018


Bluestockings is a feminist bookstore in Manhattan that hosts tons of exciting events.  In the coming weeks, they are offering:

Love’s Not Color Blind: Real Talk from the Intersection of Race and Polyamory
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Polyamorous people and communities can appear, at first glance, to be very open and welcoming. In many case, they don’t take the time to get introspective about why they may come across as unfriendly or inaccessible to people of color. Love’s Not Color Blind is a book about what we can do to change that landscape. This book-signing event comes bundled with a personally-driven discussion/Q&A on how race can impact polyamory on both individual and community levels.

Feminist Discussion of Masculinity
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Forum for Feminist Discussion of Masculinity is a safe space to discuss the gendered expectations placed on men and boys in a patriarchal society, and how these have affected, and continue to affect, all of us. The forum is open to all, inclusive of gender and level of knowledge of the subject matter. Each month, we will discuss a theme, which will be posted in the facebook group

Self-Defense Workshop with POP Gym
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us!
Open to all ages! Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.
POP Gym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at

Get On the Stage
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Get On the Stage is an open mic based around uplifting and centering the voices of Queer/Trans People of Color, Trans, Two Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Intersex and anyone who falls under these labels . Speakers can bring poems, prose, music, stand-up and spoken word of any kind.
Cis white queer folks are prohibited from participating but are encouraged to attend to support and help boost the voices of marginalized speakers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018



Erman Baradi returns to NYC with Hollywood Chills entertainment Q&A event! We will be celebrating women in television and film with an all female lineup! Enjoy an educational and inspiring experience while connecting with fellow creatives in the city. 50 attendees maximum.
Speakers include:
  1. Samantha Peel, VP of International Sales of Fortitude International
  2. Barbara De Fina, executive producer, "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Silence"
  3. Chyna Layne, actress, Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" on Netflix


Monthly drop-in song clinic and safe-space sharing forum devoted to showcasing Women and Trans* artists. In this supportive creative circle, musical theater creators, performers, directors, designers, choreographers, producers and dreamers who identify as women or trans* each receive 15-25 minutes of uninterrupted sharing time, with the potential for feedback.

In residence with Playwrights Downtown, Musical Theatre Factory provides a room to house, this commitment-free, all-support round table which seeks to subvert a dominant paradigm and bust through the glass ceiling to women and trans* writers as well as to provide an entry-point to other MTF “assembly line” development programs for writers new to the Factory.

We want to offer our writers professional feedback and exposure to successful women and trans* writers in the field. So we’ve invited some of the industry’s most successful women and trans* artists to join us as special guests! Look out for who ‘s coming soon!


Monday, April 9, 2018


This first song is "Comfortable" by Bebe Rexha ft. Kranium.  Bebe and Kranium sing to each other, with Bebe talking about how she just wants small things in love, like flowers, and Kranium is singing about how he does all these things but she doesn't notice or care.

And this song is "Get On Your Knees" by Nicki Minaj ft. Ariana Grande.  It's a nice twist on the norms of society, imo.  GENIUS lyrics suggest this as its meaning:

-Reversing the preeminence of males in Hip-Hop, who use the “mic” metaphorically, as a symbol of their patriarchy. Women can control the it for their own pleasure and gain now. It’s a representation of modern day, emasculation. Nicki has many songs, such as “Did It On ‘Em” on how the “mic” in her grasp is a potential symbol of women, presiding their presence in Hip-Hop. 
-The dominatrix, in a relationship between a man and woman. With how the woman takes over dynamics of their sexuality, and asserts her power over him and demands compliance.

Shared with you by Brian Ruvolo.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Poetry by Selena Cano

Dont stare.
Look away.
Dont talk too much.
They'll think you're annoying.
Dont be too kind.
They'll take advantage of you.
Dont eat too much.
They'll say you're fat.
Dont tell them about your mental disorder.
They'll say your crazy.
Dont be you. 
Be who they say you should be.
Don't be different.
You wont fit in.
Dont wear clothes like that.
Its not lady like.
You need to be more --
I cut her off
To say
Dont judge me
God doesnt like ugly.
Her response:
Im beautiful, everyone says so.
I say, but did they look inside you?
Did they look and see how ugly it is?
I have. 
You need to humble ya self girl
need to jumble ya thoughts girl
You need to see
That all that money, all the green
Still dont get you seen.
You cut and pasted differnt peoples body parts on to you
So outside you'd be perfect 
But forgot to rewire inside of you


People tell me my dreams aren’t realistic 
But I’m not tryna be just a statistic 
& anyone who tells me “I can’t “ can stick it


He told me he loved me
Noone else above me
Said I could die and he would fly to sky
But I wondered why? 
He loved me so much, but all i ever did was make his heart cry. 

New poem
I cant move
I want to
I cant
Its kicking in
Trying to flow my thoughts thru my head 
Like wind
But all i see are my sins

New poem #2
Shes shaking, breaking
But you put pain into her heart 
Like a chef inserts cream in the cake after hes baking


I am you. You are me. 
Together we’re just two crazies who hate bees. 
You make my mind feel like someone who just slipped on some grease. 
I just want you to listen, please. 
I just need you to listen, please. 
There’s nothing i want more, & you always tell me there’ll be change
But your words are just a tease.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Shared with you by Richard Newman.
From the article:
"When it comes to silencing women," writes Mary Beard, "Western culture has had thousands of years of practice." Academe is no exception. A recent conference at Stanford University featured 30 speakers — all of them men, all of them white. The incident sparked ridicule and outrage, as well as a sense that higher education is facing a reckoning. Over the past few months, amid mounting revelations of sexual harassment, The Chronicle Review asked presidents and adjuncts, scientists and humanists, senior scholars and junior professors to take on the theme of women and power in academe. Here are their responses. 

Monday, March 26, 2018





Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dr. Cynthia James visits NCC!

Dr. James with students and faculty in the WST lounge.

Dr. James with Dr. Neela Saxena

Friday, March 2, 2018

Gender Roles of Different Families

by Hannah Seltzer

The way I look at it, it’s very common to see mothers take their sons and daughters to sports practices; sometimes they’re even the coaches. There are female den leaders for boy scouts that serve as equal of a role model as men in that position. I found this video particularly refreshing because while working at a summer camp my young girls would come in the morning with their hair done and pulled back in braids. Whenever I’d ask them who did their hair, the typical answers I received were their mom, babysitter, or nanny. To me, those answers all make me think of female figures. Not going to lie, the answer I almost always expected was “mommy”; I never thought a father figure would come up in conversation about hair. We had this one camper for a brief period and her parents are divorced. She stayed with her father during the time she came to camp, and I noticed how she didn’t always look as put together when it came to her hair and clothes. I’m not saying this is true with every family because of different circumstances, but the mother is mainly the one to care for their children’s appearances, pick out their outfits and put their hair up. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with that, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. This video showcases something that could be beneficial for a same sex couple, a single dad, or just a dad in a traditional household who wants to try bonding with his daughters in a different way. Also, girls often look for the qualities they see in their father when finding a future lifelong partner. This is one way fathers can help ensure their daughters know they are loved, worth it, and looked at as beautiful. Overall, not every child is raised by a mother and father; there are all different types of families. As long as they’re being brought up in a loving and welcoming environment, they will be just fine.