Speaking: NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Choice Gala

Invitation to NARAL Gala on October 1st

The speaking season is upon us once again! While I love getting to stay put (and getting things done) for long stretches of the summer, I also really love getting to travel around the country and connect with activists and students doing similar work. It’s an incredible learning experience for me, every time.

I’ve got two events coming up in the next few weeks. I’m still booking events for the Fall and Spring, so if you’re interested in bringing me to your campus or community, please be in touch! More detail about my past speaking is available here. I’m also going to part of the third annual Feministing College Tour, and we’re also booking events for that. Details here.

On September 28th and 29th I’ll be speaking at Kenyon College’s Take Back the Night week. I’ll be talking about sexual violence and social justice–basically why we can’t combat sexual violence without a social justice framework.

Then on October 1st I’m heading to Portland to be the keynote speaker at NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s Choice Gala. I’m super honored to be speaking along side the Oregon Secretary of State and the Attorney General. I’m most excited for that event because I’ll be talking about the work of Radical Doula, the work I discuss here, specifically my work as an abortion doula. I haven’t had the opportunity to speak much about that work and am really looking forward to it.

Since the NARAL event is a fundraiser, tickets are $125. But they are offering a special activist price! Details about the activist price: “Email Caitlin at caitlin@prochoiceoregon.org to learn more about how to attend the Gala at a deeply discounted activist price, or even for free! Activist tickets are limited – first come first served!”

NARAL sent an interview with me out on their listserve, and an excerpt of it is after the jump. I hope to see some of you there!

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Speaking in SF & NYC this week

Hi folks! Just a quick post to say I have two events coming up this week, the first tonight in NYC and the second on Thursday in San Francisco.


Y + 30: The Future of Women, 7pm, 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, NYC, $10

Nearly every day, headlines about the “end of men” and the inexorable rise of women are juxtaposed with stark facts about the gender pay gap and the lack of women at the upper echelons of power. Meanwhile, the Internet has changed the daily conversation of and by women of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual orientations, about everything from pop culture to sexuality to politics.

In 30 years, will we still be having the same debates about difference, discrimination and forward development? What will it take to have more women in government, technology and other places where they are underrepresented? How will the role of men change in tandem? This panel, focused on the voices of younger women, will take a stab at answering these questions and more.

Panelists include Rebecca Kousky (founder and executive director of Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries), Kartina Richardson (contributor, Ebert Presents, filmmaker and founder of Mirrorfilm.org), Miriam Zoila Pérez (editor, Feministing; founder, Radical Doula; activist for LGBT issues and immigration rights). Irin Carmon, staff writer at Jezebel.com, moderates.


An Evening with Gloria Steinem and Young Feminist Leaders to benefit the Women’s Media Center

Thursday March 31st, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, 6pm

A conversation with Gloria Steinem, Lena Chen, Miriam Zoila Perez, Latoya Peterson and Shelby Knox.

Note: There are tickets available for $29 and $15 for students. Click this link to purchase those tickets.

Would love to see some Radical Doula readers at either event!

Speaking: March

Hi folks! Just a little update to say I apologize for the radio silence over here. I’ve been working furiously on an article about the recent billboard campaigns for Colorlines (more to come on that) and also it’s women’s history month so the speaking has picked up again.

Tonight I’m speaking at Syracuse University as part of the Feministing College Tour with my awesome co-Editor Vanessa. Tomorrow we’ll be at Cornell for a lunch discussion, then in California next week for an event at Stanford and at St. Mary’s.

Then I’m heading to Austin for the South by Southwest Interactive conference, where I’ll be an a panel about community engagement with some awesome folks.

Wrapping up March with an event at Babson toward the end of the month.

I try to keep this page updated with all my speaking information, so check it out for details!

I promise to have more doula related blogging soon.

Speaking: Yale University

And the tour continues! Next up is Yale University on Wednesday.

I’m particularly excited to be at Yale because I blogged about the feminist campus community’s response to the antics of a Yale fraternity during rush.

Flyer for Yale event: Feminism's Identity Crisis

As always, if you’re interested in bringing me to your campus or community I’m still booking events for the spring. Get in touch!

Speaking: Oklahoma

Next week I’ll be heading to Oklahoma for a mini speaking tour. I’m excited to visit a state I’ve never been to, as well as engage with activists dealing with progressive politics in a decidedly red state.

The first event, on January 21st, is a symposium hosted by Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. I’ll be speaking on a panel in the afternoon called Birthing Rights and the New Eugenics, alongside Lynn Paltrow and Andrea Smith. I’m very excited to speak alongside those two incredible folks, and especially Lynn, who gets serious credit for inspiring me to start this blog. I’ll be talking about abortion doula work and the full-spectrum doula movement.

Then on Monday I’ll be visiting the University of Oklahoma in Norman. There I’ll be giving my talk, Feminism’s Identity Crisis. The cool flyer that Stephanie at the Center for Social Justice made is below. In case you are in Oklahoma, the event is on January 24th, from 1:30-3:30pm in OMU, Regents Room.

I’ll be spending the weekend in the OKC/Norman area, so if you know of cool things to do or places to visit I’m open to suggestions!

Flyer for event, Feminism's Identity Crisis, with blurb and photo included.

Thanks to OSU and OU for inviting me. These two events are the start of my spring speaking gig. I’m still booking new events, so if you’re interested in bringing me to your campus or community, get in touch.

Speaking: Young Women & Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum

I’ll be speaking on a panel on Saturday, December 11th, about young feminism. It’s connected to a book that came out this fall, Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. My essay in the book is called Pillow Dancing and Other Failed Hetero Adventures.

I’ll be reading an excerpt from the book, and also hopefully speaking about the issues I brought up in this post about feminism’s identity crisis.


Saturday, December 11, 2010
2 p.m.
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY

Speaking tonight at Swarthmore College

Just a quick note that I’m speaking tonight at Swarthmore College (my alma mater!) about feminism. Specifically I’m going to be talking about what I sometimes call feminism’s identity crisis–essentially the critical problems in feminism (particularly around issues of queerness and race) and what we should do to move forward.

If you happen to live in the Philadelphia area, I believe the event is open to the public.


Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
Science Center 199

Details about my upcoming speaking events can be found here. And as always, if you’re interested in bringing me to speak at your campus or community, email me.

Reading tonight in DC: Sparkle

Hi folks! Just peeking in from vacation month with a few posts.

Tonight, if you’re in DC you should come to a reading I am participating in. I’ll be reading from a piece that will be published in a forthcoming anthology about Butch and Femme identity. It’s called “Coming Back Around to Butch”


*Sparkle* is a queer-driven reading series for all at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K. Hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou, *Sparkle* is an open mic with featured performer(s) that occurs at 9 PM on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Spoken word by mothertongue’s Danielle Evennou alongside words by activist, writer and Feministing.com Editor, Miriam Zoila Pérez. Plus open mic!

Wednesday, August 25th at 9pm

Busboys and Poets, 5th St NW and K St NW, Washington DC

Facebook event here.

Hope to see some of you!

Upcoming events in Philly, NYC and DC

I’m speaking at a couple of events in Philly, NYC and DC in June. Only one is doula related, but check them out and see if you’re interested in attending.

The first event this weekend in Philly should be really interesting. It’s my first time attending the Philly Trans Health Conference and I’ll be talking about how doulas can support trans and gender non-conforming parents.

Then I’ll be reading at the Sideshow Queer Literary Carnival, alongside some amazing queer authors for their butch/femme pride show. I’ll be reading from a new piece about butch identity that I’m working on.

A few days later, I’ll be on a panel that is part of a series of alternative queer pride events in conjunction with DC pride. We’re talking about queers in the media!

Lastly (for June at least!) I’ll be speaking at the annual Women’s Information Network Women Opening Doors for Women dinners. This is an event that requires tickets, but is a great networking event.

All the details are below!

June 5th: Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Trans Parenting and Networking Workshop, 2:30pm-3:50pm

June 8th: Sideshow Queer Literary Carnival, New York City, 8pm

Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival
“serious literature for ridiculous times”
Hosted by Cheryl B. & Sinclair Sexsmith

June 8 @ Phoenix
447 East 13th Street @ Avenue A
Doors, 7:30pm. Reading promptly at 8.

June 10th: Alt.DC.Pride, Queers in the Media Panel, 7:30pm, Washington DC Center, 1810 14th St NW

June 17th: WIN Women Opening Doors for Women, Women Writing Dinner Featured Speaker, Time TBD, Washington DC

Video: Reproductive Justice in Action

Thanks to the Barnard Center for Research on Women for making and posting this video! Apologies that there is no transcript.

More details on the event here.