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The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world:  When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace. In the norms and notions of what just is isn’t always justice. And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it. Somehow, we do it. Somehow, we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one. And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man. And so, we lift our gazes not to w
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WOMEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE GOES IDYLL WILD

Women Under The Influence , a community celebrating trailblazing cinema directed by women is  hosting a new film festival:   WUTI goes IdyllW ILD   Sept 20-22  The weekend is packed with  groundbreaking classics , cutting edge new films, director conversations, expert panels, community, carousing, and so much more with KAREN O,  PENELOPE SPHEERIS,  KIMBERLY PEIRCE, DIANE WARREN,  EMMA ROBERTS,  JANICZA BRAVO,  BARBARA KOPPLE,  ALEX PRAGER,  VIVA, and  ALIA SHAWKAT to name but a few!  There will be free childcare on Saturday, WUTI is dog friendly and has ride share options! Excited about building the bonds between the women filmmakers in Los Angeles,  they would love to extend an invitation to the festival with a special discount code: If you get your ticket HERE add the discount code: directorsinthepines Idyllwild is 2.5 hrs from LA so grab a cabin and get  onboard!  Tabitha x TABITHA DENHOLM   WOMEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE @WOMENUN

Women Lead Revolution in Sudan

There are not many journalists in the streets of Sudan, so Lana Haroun (Twitter @lana_hago ) snapped this picture from her phone and it went viral. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Goddess Image (@goddessimage) on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:45am PDT Her name is Alaa Salah, a 22-year-old engineering and architecture student. Hind Makki informs us that she's wearing a white tobe (outer garment) and gold moon earrings. The white tobe is worn by working women in offices and can be linked w/cotton (a major export of Sudan), so it represents women working as professionals in cities or in the agricultural sector in rural areas. Her earrings are the gold moons of traditional bridal jewelry (Sudanese, like many Arabic speakers, often use moon-based metaphors to describe feminine beauty). Her entire outfit is also a callback to the clothing worn by women in the 60s, 70s, & 80s who dressed like this when t

Women's Weekend Film Challenge

Applications close March 10! Applications opened on March 1. It is still free to apply and participate! The next challenge is scheduled for April 4-7 in NYC . We hope you'll apply and spread the word. Women needed in every single