Join The WomensActivism.NYC Story-A-Thon For Women From Harlem To Harare

October 20, 2020

Throughout history, women have always had an impact on our policies and politics.

Now, in this historic election year, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., we’re inviting you to help us collect the stories of inspiring women who made a difference through their activism.

Whether you’re a writer and storyteller or a genealogy or history buff, you can help us write women into history! Please join the event for a live, virtual write-in event on Saturday, October 24th, 2020.

Their goal: writing and gathering stories of all the women who have improved their lives, from an ancestor or relative to world leaders, as well as everyday heroines like teachers, entrepreneurs, artists, and healthcare workers.

You can choose to write your own original stories or gather inspiring stories online and edit to make them your own. The stories you write will be preserved forever by the New York City Municipal Archives to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

New York-based photographer, Kisha Bari will keynote the event, inspiring participants through visual storytelling by sharing some of her stunning portraiture photography of extraordinary women, and highlighting the power of amplifying and preserving their stories.

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WomensActivism.NYC is an open, crowd-sourced digital archive commemorating the anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. by gathering stories and making them available for future generations. They hope to collect 20,000 stories by the close of 2020.

Your participation will bring them closer to this goal. WomensActivism.NYC is a project spearheaded by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services/Municipal Archives.

To participate in the event

  • You will need a computer or a phone. The workshop will take place via an online platform.
  • Directions on how to access the event will be emailed to everyone who RSVPs through Eventbrite.
  • To add stories to WomensActivism.NYC, you will need an internet connection.

Important Information

  • Stories can be original, or gathered from many online research sources, including fraternal or industry organization websites, local and national news sites, etc.
  • The stories can describe women who lived in the past or women who are still working to create a better world.
  • The stories can be written in any language.
  • You can write and gather as many stories as you like.
  • Your stories can be immediately uploaded onto the WomensActivism.NYC website.
  • Participants will have technical support during the event.
  • There is no need to wait until October 24th, 2020. Please visit WomensActivism.NYC to share a story today!
  • All stories will be kept and made available in perpetuity by the New York City Municipal Archives.

For more information go to WomensActivism.NYC

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