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Feminist Resources

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Academic and Writing Retreats
Blogs By Independent Feminists
Building Your Online Platform
Empowerment to End Harassment
Feminist Databases: links to other feminist collections of resources
Feminist Literary Publications
Feminist Popular Culture
Food and Wellness
Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships
Youth Empowerment

Academic and Writing Retreats:

Example Undergraduate English Composition and Introduction to Literature Syllabi

Here are two of my own, original syllabi taught at George Mason University. Here you will find course descriptions, book selections, etiquette proposals, and brief assignment outlines. If you take something, please leave something in the comment section so we can all become better educators!

Example ENGH 101 Syllabus and first three weeks from SMcMullin

Example ENGH 201 Syllabus and reading schedule from SMcMullin

Bernard Center for Research on Women

Twitter: @bcrwtweets

About: “Since its founding in 1971, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship. BCRW promotes women’s and social justice issues in the local spheres of the Barnard College community and academic and activist networks in New York City, as well as having a voice in national and transnational feminist organizing and research. We are a well-recognized nexus of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike.”

Mission: “’to assure that women can live and work in dignity, autonomy, and equality,’ is pursued through programming and events, production and distribution of print- and web-based publications, and collaboration with local and national activist and academic networks. Each semester, we host a series of lectures, conferences, and panel discussions, bringing scholars, artists, and activists to campus to share their work with students, faculty, and the larger community….”

[CLMP] Lit Mag Adoption Program

“The Lit Mag Adoption Program for Creative Writing Students allows undergraduate and graduate creative writing professors to include literary magazines in their courses. Students receive discounted, 1-year subscriptions for selected literary magazines (professors receive a free “desk-copy” subscription). Each participating class will receive at least two issues of the magazine during the semester. In addition, classes will have direct interaction with the magazine publisher/editor through a virtual (or in-person where local) “One-on-One” chat session.”

Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change

About: “In 1985, at a transformative time in her own life, Seattle philanthropist Nancy Nordhoff bought a farm on Whidbey Island in Washington State, overlooking Useless Bay with a view across Puget Sound, all the way to Mount Rainier. Working with her friend and writer Sheryl Feldman, Nancy turned the farm into a haven to support the creativity of women writers. Reconnecting women with the land has always been at the heart of Nancy’s vision. Six cottages were crafted in the Amish “post-and-beam” style, each featuring writing and reading areas, a small kitchen, a wood-burning stove, a sleeping loft with a stained glass window and fixtures designed by local artisans.”

and their blog Hedgrebrook Farmhouse Table

Building Your Online Platform:

To accent my “So You Want To Build A Platform: But What Is It & Why Do You Need One?” 2014 AWP panel, here is a list of useful links, tips, guides to help you cultivate an online community and build and maintain your own platform.

Online Communities:

BlogHer Topics: Blogging & Social Media
Blogging With Integrity
Everyday Feminism Forum
Feminist Philosophers
Submission Bombers
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Online

Short list of feminist articles and blog posts on online representation and presence:

For more tips,guides, and articles click here.

Blogs By Independent Feminists:

Chix with Styx

About: “I review every piece of hockey gear out on the market in order to let women know what is friendly for them and what level of hockey would it be ideal at.”

Feminist Killjoys

Twitter: @SaraNAhmed
About: “My name is Sara Ahmed, and this is my research blog. I am a feminist killjoy. It is what I do. It is how I think. It is my philosophy and my politics. I am (also) an academic based in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths. You can find further information about me here:

I am the director of a new Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) at Goldsmiths. You can find further information about the CFR here:

I am beginning to work on a new book, Living a Feminist Life, which will draw on everyday experiences of being a feminist to re-think some key aspects of feminist theory (with short chapters on sexism, whiteness, identity politics, privilege, lesbian feminism, feminist classics, feminist killjoys, willfulness, intersectionality, racism, and more!). I will post updates on this blog.”

Jessica Reidy

Twitter: @JSReidy
About: “Jessica Reidy is finishing her MFA at Florida State University writing her debut novel,Zenith, following the life of Coco, the Romani (‘Gypsy’) burlesque dancer and fortune teller of Zenith Circus in post-war Paris, who becomes a Nazi hunter. Reidy’s poetry and Pushcart-nominated fiction have appeared in Narrative Magazineas Story of the Week, The LA Review, Arsenic Lobster, The Poetry Blog, and elsewhere. She is the  Outreach Editor and a staff writer for Quail Bell Magazine, Art Editor for The Southeast Review, and Guest Professor at the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. Reidy is of mixed-Romani heritage and dedicates a lot of her free time to raising awareness of the Romani human rights crisis and promoting Romani artists, writers, and activists. She has worked her family trades, fortune telling and dancing, for over a decade but these days she’s more literary than anything else. She also teaches yoga.”

Jessica Valenti

Twitter: @JessicaValenti
About: “Jessica Valenti – called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian – is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. Her third book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is also editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009. Her latest book, Why Have Kids: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness, was called a “brave and bracing critique of our unrealistic parenting ideals” by ELLE magazine. Jessica founded, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared inThe Washington PostThe NationThe Guardian (UK), The American ProspectMs. magazine, Salon and Bitch magazine. She has won a Choice USA Generation award and the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize for her work with Feministing.”

Empowerment To End Harassment:

Bethany House

Bethany House provides emergency shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence throughout Northern Virginia and the surrounding DC metro communities. Bethany House was organized to help women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence regain health and dignity and become re-established in their community by providing temporary housing and support. And strives to eliminate domestic violence one family at a time.

Collection Action for Safe Spaces DC

This site has everything a street smart gal and guy needs from maps with pinned street harassment hotspots, venues to share your stories, articles of empowerment, to resources to educate us on our rights.
Mission and Values: “Founded in 2009 as HollaBackDC!, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) is a grassroots organization that aims to empower the DC Metro area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.
CASS uses online activism, public policy and advocacy, community workshops, and innovative direct services to help DC build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault. CASS hopes to build a coalition of like-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses that are invested in making the public spaces of the DC metro area safe for women and LGBTQ individuals.”

Stalking Resource Center with The National Center for Victims of Crime

Twitter: @SRC_NCVC
This site provides safety plans, communication techniques, training, and resources.
Mission: “The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. The Stalking Resource Center envisions a future in which the criminal justice system and its many allied community partners will have the best tools to effectively collaborate and respond to stalking, improve victim safety and well-being, and hold offenders accountable.”

Stop Street Harassment

Mission and Values: “Catcalls, sexually explicit comments, sexist remarks, groping, leering, stalking, public masturbation, and assault. Most women (more than 80% worldwide) and LGBQT folks will face gender-based street harassment at some point in their life. Street harassment limits people’s mobility and access to public spaces. It is a form of gender violence and it’s a human rights violation. It needs to stop.

Stop Street Harassment (SSH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending gender-based street harassment worldwide. It started as a website in 2008 and became incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2012.* SSH is an international online resource center, providing comprehensive information about the topic and highlighting relevant news and activism occurring world-wide. Visitors can access lists of statisticsarticles,films, and campaigns around street harassment as well as ideas for action to stop street harassment in their community. SSH also provides people with a place to share their stories. * SSH plans to undertake and produce research about street harassment, create curriculum for schools, and facilitate sensitivity trainings upon request. *SSH will organize awareness-raising efforts. International Anti-Street Harassment Week is already one of Stop Street Harassment’s campaigns. * SSH plans to host international conferences (both virtual and in-person) in the future. * SSH will also collaborate with policymakers, legislators, and like-minded organizations to create policies and laws that make public places safer.”

Make sure to check out their BLOG.

Feminist Databases:

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base

Mission: “Feminist Art Base, the first online digital archive dedicated solely to feminist art. This ever-growing database offers profiles from some of the most prominent and promising contributors to feminist art from the 1960s to the present. Each profile includes multiple images, video and audio clips, short biographies, CVs, and ‘Feminist Artist Statements.’ Our goal is to make this groundbreaking archive a comprehensive resource for artists, curators, scholars, and the general public. We see this database as an integral tool for accomplishing the mission of the Center: to present feminism in an approachable and relevant manner, to educate new generations about the meaning of feminist art, and to raise awareness of feminism’s cultural contributions.”

Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press: Directory of Women’s Media

Twitter: @WIFP
About: “The Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt research, education, and publishing organization. Our organization was founded in 1972, by Dr. Donna Allen, to increase communication among women and reach the public with our experience, perspectives, and opinions. Women’s contributions to society must be heard and be taken into account if democracy is to function and the world’s political decisions are to be viable.” And “We publish the Directory of Women’s Media, available (with no access charge) on this website, a booklet series on media democracy, a print newsletter and a quarterly online newsletter for Associates, Voices for Media Democracy. This website provides a means of communicating about media democracy issues. Particularly see the “WIFP Communication News” page. The Associates Statement. and the various philosophy pages give insight into our approach to media issues. The “Women’s Media” page serves to highlight particular women’s media.”

Feminist Literary Publications:

A Midsummer Night’s Press

Twitter: @AMidsummerNight
Mission: “A Midsummer Night’s Press is an independent poetry publisher, primarily publishing under two imprints: Fabula Rasa (mythic poetry) and Body Language (LGBT). We accept unsolicited submissions to our thematic anthology projects (we are not currently reading for any right now-check back in 2013) which is how we find new voices for possible book or chapbook publication. Thanks in advance for ordering books directly from us–your support helps us afford to print more books of poetry!”

District Lit

Online literary and arts journal
Twitter: @DistrictLit
About: “District Lit publishes poetry, fiction, and visual art on a rolling basis.”

The Fem

Online literary journal
About: “The Fem was created in Summer 2014 by writer/feminist duo Autumn Jaye Spriggs and Rachel C. Lewis. They wanted writing that could be sexy without being objectifying, heartbreaking without being misogynistic, and that featured women as more than symbols. The Fem enjoys long walks on the beach at 3 a.m. with a bottle of wine and basket of fried pickles. Her guilty pleasures are romantic comedies and anime. She hopes to show you a good time on her terms.”

Gazing Grain Press

Fall for the Book Festival, Washington D.C.
Annual chapbook contest
Email: gazinggrainpress[at]gmail[dot]com
Submission Guidelines
Mission: “In starting Gazing Grain Press, we wanted to fill a gap we saw in the current publishing landscape. There are a number of important and excellent women’s and LGBTQ chapbook contests in the literary community today, but we found a need for a poetry chapbook contest that is open to feminists of every gender and sexuality. Our commitments to feminism, art, and publishing within a feminist work ethic thus led us to create this chapbook contest.  We believe that inclusive feminism should make available a space for celebrating poetry that comes from a diversity of writerly identities. We are interested in socially-conscious work that explores ideas of identities as connected to gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, culture, and ability. We adhere to no one “definition” of feminism–we encourage a broad and diverse range of approaches. Challenge us!”

Luna Luna Magazine

Online arts, culture, feminist magazine
Twitter: @LunaLunaMag
Submission Guidelines
About: “Luna Luna is a diary for authentic social, cultural and artistic ideas — even the uncomfortable, confessional or strange ones. Where did our name from? That’s a secret, but we assure you there’s no relation to this erotic cartoonor this derpy wolf. Those are very different Lunas. Our staff is almost entirely run by women, but we publish work by everyone.  Luna Luna is based out of New York City but its contributors can be found writing from throughout the Americas, Europe, the UK and Africa. We were founded in July 2013 and we’re run by Lisa Marie Basile.”

Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women

Bi-Annual online journal
Submission Guidelines
Mission: “Mezzo Cammin, a web journal devoted to formal poetry by women. Publishing twice a year, Mezzo Cammin features poems in form by contemporary women writers; reviews of new books by and about women poets who work in form; and essays that explore a variety of topics, ranging from the accomplishments of a particular poet, to the possibilities of a particular form and the history and politics of canonization. Our journal aims not only to promote the work of contemporary women poets, but also to expose readers to formal poetry by women poets who may once have been well-known, but whose writing may now be difficult to find due to its lack of inclusion in anthologies, books falling out of print, and the tendency that still persists in academia of choosing the work of male poets to define a given era or literary style.”

Minerva Rising

Tri-annual print journal, chapbook publisher, and host of The Owl Award
Twitter: @Minerva_Rising
Submission Guidelines for print journal–Note there is a $15 submission fee. For those  unable to pay the fee contact the editors. Contributors receive $35 for poetry and $50 for prose.
Submission Guidelines for chapbook contest
About: “Minerva Rising is a tri-annual literary journal (Fall, Winter and Spring) that publishes thought-provoking fiction, nonfiction, memoir, essays, poetry, and photography and art by emerging and established women writers and artists. Minerva Risingfosters a community for women to share and showcase their writing and art, which includes “The Keeping Room” blog featuring contributors’ thoughts on life and art. Minerva Rising also supports women’s independence by donating to charities like Women for Women International and offering an annual Owl of Minerva grant award during Women’s History Month to provide financial support to one woman writer or artist. By subscribing to Minerva Rising, you’re helping to support a creative community of women writers and artists – when women come together, we flourish. Help support the creativity that’s inherent in every woman.”

Ninth Letter

Submission Guidelines
About: “Ninth Letter is a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Graduate Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, the journal’s mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design. Our electronic version, based here at, exists as a complement to our print publication rather than as a digital replica. In addition to providing information about about our journal and our educational mission, this site also features original digital art, as well as audio and video podcasts of material related both to the print publication and to arts and humanities events in Urbana-Champaign and the surrounding region.”

ROAR Magazine: A Journal of the Literary Arts

Annual print journal
Submission Guidelines
Mission: “ROAR Magazine exists to provide a space to showcase women’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. ROAR is committed to publishing literature by emerging and developing writers and aims to support the equality of women in the creative arts. ROAR accepts work that represents a wide spectrum of form, language and meaning.  In other words, don’t worry if your work isn’t specific to feminist issues. If you’re a gal, we just want your point of view.”

So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Literature and Art 

George Mason University, Virginia
2 print journal and 1 summer online issue
Twitter: @SoToSpeakJrnl
Website & blogsite:
Submission Guidelines
Mission: “founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University, has served as a space for feminist writing and art for nearly twenty years. So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that lives up to a high standard of language, form, and meaning. We look for work that addresses issues of significance to women’s lives and movements for women’s equality and are especially interested in pieces that explore issues of race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender.”

Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices 

Quarterly online issue
Check out their Blog
Twitter: @solticelitmag
Submission Guidelines
About: “We experiment.  We publish fine work, of course, from previously published established writers to up-and-coming writers, whetherformal or informal, traditional or experimental.  Also, we  publish underserved writerswriters on the margins—from writing groups for those on probation or parole, or from writing groups in prisons, in shelters, in rehab programs, in veterans centers, in churches, and so on.  We publish writers of diverse nationalities, races and religions, and also writers from diverse cultures within our culture.”

Two Slyvias Press

Book Publisher
Contact: twosylviaspress(at)gmail(dot)com
About: “Created with the belief that great writing is good for the world, Two Sylvias Press mixes modern technology, classic style, and literary intellect with an eco-friendly heart. We draw our inspiration from the poetic literary talent of Sylvia Plath and the editorial business sense of Sylvia Beach.
Two Sylvias Press was founded in 2010 by poets Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy (Co-Editors of Crab Creek Review literary journal). Two Sylvias Press draws its inspiration from the poetic literary talent of Sylvia Plath and the editorial business sense of Sylvia Beach. We are dedicated to publishing the exceptional voices of writers.”

Weave Magazine

Biannual Print journal
Submission Guidelines
Spotlight On! featuring Weave Magazine at
About: “Weave Magazine is a bicoastal literary organization and print publication. We seek to create a space for a cross-section of writers and artists to meet on the page, on the stage, and in workshop. We celebrate diversity in both the creator and their works and strive to showcase both novice and established writers and artists.”

Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing and Images by Women

Monthly online issue
Submission Guidelines
Mission: “Yew is an online journal of innovative poetry, hybrid writing and images by women. Founded in 2011 by poet Carolyn Guinzio and designer Stephenie Foster, Yew is a venue to showcase three poets per month along with visuals provided by the poets, the editors, or other contributors. Text and image will interact in a manner that enhances and maintains the integrity of both.”

Feminist Pop

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A poetics blog about women poets by poets and those in love with poetry.

Mission: “Some of us wished the women poets we admired would write more about poetry and poetics, experimental, post-avant. Some of them weren’t writing about these things at all. Why not? They’re busy, some of us surmised. Some of them were writing about these things, but some of us were greedy, and wanted them to write more. Some of them were men, and some of us wanted some of them to write about experimental women poets, gender performativity on the page, masculinity via grotesque, etc. Wanted some of them to write about some of these things more/at all.What if some of us built a platform? What if the parameters were informal, relatively boundless? What if the form invited conversation and huzzah?But some of us are busy, too. Some of us can’t possibly fit one more dish on our plates, and some of us can’t possibly spin one more plate in the air, and some of us can’t possibly…Well, here’s what some of us offer all of us: It’s a blog, it’s a poetics journal, it’s a platform. From time to time, a post will appear. It will be written by or with a poet whom some of us were curious to hear from. It will be exciting, provocative, fresh, or bombastic. It will go with your eyes and it will make you look ten years younger. It will never stop stop making sense, it will always love you, it will probably work.Discussion in the comment boxes below is ecstatically encouraged, with the understanding not all members of Pussipo are likely to agree on anygiven topic (oh how rare, and how delicious the disagreements too), not all contributors herein are members of Pussipo, each contributor is the rightful possessor of her or his own opinion, and some contributors may be more inclined to respond to comments directed their way than others. Which is just to say what should be obvious: We are various. We aim to mix it up.”

“Free Word”

Mission: “Free Word is where reading, writing and free speech come together; a dynamic production house for literature, politics and ideas. Located in the heart of London but with an international outlook, the Free Word Centre is home to eight resident organisations and over 25 associates working across literature, literacy and free expression. Free Word offers flexible meeting space and a lively café. A hub for innovation, collaboration and activism, Free Word runs a diverse programme of events, lectures and performances. We encourage debate and discussion across the worlds of culture and politics, committed to promoting openness, community and intellectual enquiry in a rapidly changing world. Free Word is many things: a venue, a meeting place, an office space, a thinking space, a place of debate and risk taking, a window to the world, a robust voice for the word.”

Goldie Blox: Engineering Toys for Girls

About: “At GoldieBlox, our goal is to get girls building. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.
In a world where men largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math…and girls lose interest in these subjects as early as age 8, GoldieBlox is determined to change the equation. Construction toys develop an early interest in these subjects, but for over a hundred years, they’ve been considered “boys toys”. By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.”

The Representation Project

Use #NotBuyingIt and #MediaWeLike on Twitter to show your support.

Mission: “The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their potential.”

Smart Girls at the Party with Amy Poehler

Mission: “Smart Girls at the Party is a rapidly expanding online network that aims to help the process of cultivating the authentic selves of young women and the young at heart. In each episode of their anchor show, Smart Girls at the Party, host Amy Poehler, producer Meredith Walker and decorated singer-songwriter Amy Miles, interview girls with interests that run a wide gamut. Each show concludes with important questions and the legendary dance party (watch for fun cameos). Smart Girls also offers music, advice, glimpses into other cultures, nice things to put into the world, and even a minute or 2 with some boys. Smart Girls recognizes that young women—and their interests—are multi-faceted. We change the world by being ourselves, and being ourselves is a life long quest. Smart Girls hopes to provide some fun reference materials along the way.”

Take Back Halloween : A Costume Guide for Women with Imagination 

Contact: Suzanne Scoggins at for more info, or with any questions or comments about the site.
Twitter: @TakeHalloween
About: “First of all, Take Back Halloween isn’t a store. We’re not selling any of this stuff. We’re a resource guide: we come up with the costume designs, explain what you’ll need to pull off the look, and provide links to where you can buy the various components. Our overall approach is about creating great costumes with stuff that is readily available: either already in your closet, on sale at eBay or some other retailer, or in stock at a costume store. No sewing! See our “how to use this website” page for a quick rundown on how it works. We love Halloween. We really love Halloween. We think it’s cool that there’s one day a year when people can dress up as anything they want. What we don’t think is cool is that increasingly women are only supposed to dress up as one thing: “Sexy _____” (fill in the blank). Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cowgirl, Sexy whatever. There’s nothing wrong with sexy (for adults), and if you want to go that route, fine. Have fun! We just want there to be other options as well.”

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

and their blog HER KIND

Twitter: @VIDA_lit
Mission: “VIDA seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.” plus HER KIND is VIDA’s next big step. It serves as a forum to create lively conversation about issues that are often dismissed or overlooked by the mainstream media. We wish to honor the experiences of women writers and hope HER KIND will be an agent for positive social change, encouraging women to define their own terms regarding the importance and value of women’s voices. Funny, thorny, contemplative, savvy—HER KIND provides a myriad of voices and aesthetic approaches for readers.”

History: “VIDA was founded in August 2009 to address the need for female writers of literature to engage in conversations regarding the critical reception of women’s creative writing in our current culture. VIDA’s structure is “grass-roots.” The individuals presently involved in creating VIDA are spread across the country, represent different identities, work from within a range of aesthetics, and share the common goal to create a forum at which all women writers may engage in much longed for conversations about literature being produced by women and its reception by the larger culture.”

Food and Wellness

Bloodroot: Restaurant and Bookstore

About: “In the mid-1970s, a number of women felt the influence of feminism strongly enough to put their beliefs into effect, by starting feminist businesses. We were among them. We wanted to create a feminist community for men and women that was self-sustaining. A lot of feminist bookstores were cropping up all over the country, but, Selma had always been interested in cooking and the way that food seemed to bring people together. So, opening a restaurant seemed the logical choice.”
Contact: 85 Ferris St Bridgeport, CT
(203) 576-9168

Budget Bytes: My Stomach is Full and My Wallet is Too. 

Food and recipe blogger, Beth M, says, “There are two things that I will readily admit to: I am broke and I love to eat. I’m not ‘cheap’ because I do appreciate quality; I just like to be able to have my cake, eat it, AND pay my bills on time.” Beth M believes, ‘”As a food lover and a number cruncher I’ve decided that cooking on a budget shouldn’t mean canned beans and ramen noodles night after night. This is my web log of good food cooked with little cash. My wallet is full and my stomach is too.” On Budget Bytes she shares incredibly delicious and easy-to-make recipes with price break-down to what to expect when you’re at the store! If that weren’t already the best, her blog is funny and full of witty insights! My favorite is the Chicken & Lime Soup! Follow Beth M @Budget_Byte

Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates

Fairfax Circle Shopping Center, 9639 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031

Mission: “Every 1 Can Work was created to provide permanent employment opportunities for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Over 84% of young adults with cognitive disabilities are unemployed, but not unemployable – there is a big difference. This most vulnerable segment of our society is often the last hired and the first fired at businesses driven solely by profit. And despite many wonderful public and private vocational training programs and well intentioned government support efforts, thousands of these talented young people end up spending their most productive years sitting on couches watching TV shows all day long. A job means much more than just a paycheck; it means self-esteem and a purpose in life.

Every1 Can Work is a non-profit organization that employs these intellectually challenged people and supervises them in the production of delicious chocolate creations and other food-related products and services. Our goal is to earn enough money to keep the employees working. And to make that happen, they have to deliver unique, high-quality chocolate products to the market place.

Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates is the first business enterprise of the non-profit foundation, Every1 Can Work.”

DC Central Kitchen

Mission: To use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.

“Since our founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared 25 million meals for our low-income and at-risk neighbors in Washington, DC. That’s a lot of meals – but don’t mistake us for a soup kitchen. The 5,000 meals we dish out every day are loaded into our fleet of trucks and distributed at little or no cost to 100 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients. Most importantly, our meals go out with a message: in our main kitchen, we offer a rigorous Culinary Job Training program for unemployed men and women who want to replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new careers and changed lives. We know food can do so much more than fill stomachs”
Job Training
Food Recycling

Feeding the 5000

“Feeding the 5000 is a campaign that aims to empower and inspire the global community to enact positive solutions to the global issue of food waste. We work with governments, businesses and civil society at the international level to catalyse change in social attitudes and innovative solutions necessary to tackle food waste at the global scale.

Feeding the 5000 is also the name of the campaign’s flagship event where 5000 members of the public are given a delicious free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Held twice in Trafalgar Square (2009 and 2011), replica events have since been held internationally – including in Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin – and will be rolled out worldwide.”

Freed Bodyworks

Washington DC, Body Positive Holistic Wellness Center
About: “Freed Bodyworks embraces the many ways that people’s bodies are non-conforming: gender, body modification, weight, culture, sub-culture, race, employment, ability, illness, age and more. Our therapists understand the barriers of judgement that have kept many people out of bodywork offices, as well as all other types of health care……We practice radical inclusion……All are welcome on our tables.”

Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships

The Asexual Visibility & Education Network aka Aven

An easy to navigate website, Aven is stocked with quotes and questions to help you understand your personal sexuality or asexuality. To learn even more about the starting of Aven and research on asexuality watch the documentary (A)sexual directed by Angela Tucker.

Mission: “The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) was founded in 2001 with two distinct goals: creating public acceptance and discussion of asexuality and facilitating the growth of an asexual community. Since that time we have grown to host the world’s largest asexual community, serving as an informational resource for people who are asexual and questioning, their friends and families, academic researchers and the press. AVEN members throughout the world regularly engage in visibility projects, included but not limited to distributing informational pamphlets, leading workshops, arranging local meetups and speaking to interested press. The AVEN community centers around the web forum, which provides a safe space for asexual and questioning people and their partners, friends and families to discuss their experiences.”

A Practical Wedding

and their sub-site Reclaiming Wife 

A blog and online book dedicated to the lived experience of being a fiance, bride, and wife, this site provided an informal and lighthearted, but always encouraging conversation on how to be happy in your relationship. With many wedding best practices stories, this site is aimed mostly at women with the intention of promoting feminist positive resources and stories. This site also dedicates itself to Marriage Equality celebrating marriages in the LGBTQ communities.

Everyday Feminism: Transforming Your Life Through Feminism

A website of self-love courses, podcasts, speakers, “Why I Am A Feminist” posters, and much more! “Everyday Feminism seeks to support caring individuals and communities who see every person, including ourselves, as full human beings who deserve to be free to pursue our own happiness and meaning in life. Our compassion and desire for happiness calls on us to take responsibility for:

  • Treating ourselves and each other with respect
  • Protecting ourselves and our loved ones from harm
  • Standing up against people who want to hurt us and others
  • Supporting each other in living fully and freely”

The Body Is Not An Apology

Founded by Sonya Renee Taylor, this site is an incredible resource of empowerment and encouragement with community building.  From Bad Picture Monday to workshops and retreats TBINAA wants us to love ourselves and love each other.

Mission: The Body Is Not An Apology was created as a resource to promote, demonstrate, and assist in the development of a global movement toward radical self love and body empowerment. We believe that each time you unapologetically own your beauty, love your scars, heal your shame; you in turn give us permission to do the same! It is time to live UNAPOLGETICALLY!”

Youth Empowerment:

Africaid’s WhizzKids United

About: “WhizzKids United is a youth programme that uses football as an educational medium to facilitate healthy behaviour change. Our mission is to deliver effective HIV prevention, care, treatment and support to youth worldwide through the medium of football. Created by HIV nurse specialist Marcus McGilvray, WhizzKids United is based in Durban, South Africa and is operated by Africaid, a registered charity in the United Kingdom (Reg. No. 1045461) and South Africa (Reg. No. 051-379-NPO).”

And check out their comic!

Ban Bossy

When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead. Pledge to Ban Bossy.” Use the hashtag #banbossy

Writopia Lab

“Writopia Lab is a not-for-profit organization that fosters joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing. We do this by:

  • Providing young people with the creative inspiration and intellectual environment that may not be available to them at school.
  • Helping each student become comfortable with expressing himself on paper and to ultimately cultivate (or maintain) a love of writing in each of them.
  • Creating and sustain a diverse community of young writers who find commonalities in a shared passion for ideas and expression.
  • Offering discounted or waived fees to at least 40% of workshop participants.
  • Providing an open, safe, and nurturing space for young people who are highly engaged in creative and intellectual endeavors.
  • Providing an open, safe, and nurturing space for young people who struggle with verbal and written expression.
  • Identifying ways that creative youth who struggle academically can use their gifts to further their academic success.”

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