Two of my biggest passions are sustainability and feminism- yet they rarely overlap. I have my eco RSS feed where I read GreenBiz and Grist, and I have my lady feed with Broadsheet and Feministing. These passions rarely converge, unless the topic is overpopulation and the women’s right to choose, or eco friendly sex toys.
This limited set of convergent points has always seemed strange to me, since I have many environmentalist friends with feminist leanings and vice-versa. While both issues are political and both issues are mainstays of liberalism, they are rarely discussed in the same context. That’s a bummer for me because my environmentalism and feminism are both strong parts of my identity.
That’s why I’m really looking forward to this fall’s Women in Green forum (September 1st and 2nd in Pasadena, CA) where I will have several days to ruminate on all the ways in which my passions are connected. 2010 is the inaugural year of the event, and, judging from the line-up, it should be pretty impressive: CA State Senator Fran Pavley, one of the most proactive and brave environmentalists in the CA legislator; Miranda Ballentine, Director of Sustainability for Wal-Mart; and Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres, just to name a few speakers who may be of interest to 3p readers. Since the event is in the LA area, you can expect to see a few Hollywood types in attendance as well.
I’ll be on a panel on Green Media and Messaging with Meaghan O’Neill, the Editor in Chief of Treehugger moderated by Sarah Backhouse of Planet100. These are both really smart women who know their stuff.
Since this is the inaugural Women in Green forum, attendees receive lifetime membership. That means free admission from here on in to all future Women in Green forums. Guys are welcome too! It’s probably going to be a nice place to meet women.
To get more information or to sign up, CLICK HERE