Feminist Press Celebrates 39th Anniversary

By Neal Comment

feminist-press-2009gala.jpgLast night the Feminist Press at the City University of New York (the oldest continuing women’s publisher in the world) celebrated its 39th Annual Women Write the World Gala, and—just as in 2007 and 2008, we asked Amanda ReCupido (the creator of The Undomestic Goddess website) to cover the event for GalleyCat. Honorees as this year’s event included authors Arianna Huffington and Taslima Nasrin, along with human rights lawyer Rhonda Copelon and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (who was unable to attend due to a late vote in the Senate). ReCupido writes:

“Copelon spoke about the need for human rights in the United States, especially when it comes to laws protecting reproductive health care and abortion. Luckily, she said, ‘there is a new generation of activists emerging to see this through.” Huffington echoed her call, saying that “younger women are ushering in a new world.’ Nasrin spoke about the need to separate state and religion in every country, saying that ‘education and economic freedom alone is not enough.’ She also addressed the issue of human trafficking around the world, stating that ‘no one is free until all women are free.'”

Each of the women honored have left an indelible mark on women’s progress, and Huffington reminded the crowd that each and every one of us has the power to enact change. ‘We need to stop looking for someone to save us,’ she said. ‘Look in the mirror and find the leader within.'”