Feminism: The Common Denominator

Feminism: The Common Denominator

RECORDING of Women and Girls Fund Annual Meeting 2017

Dynamic Discussion on "Feminism: The Common Denominator?” 

The Community Fund for Women & Girls Annual Meeting, held June 14, 2017, focused a discussion entitled “Feminism: The Common Denominator?” The event drew over 200 people to the New Haven Lawn Club and featured activist Linda Sarsour, writer Rebecca Traister and moderator Kica Matos. The event kicked off with The Community Foundation's CEO & President Will Ginsberg posing the question, "What is it that we need to do to make feminism one of the core common denominators that will lead our country in a very different direction?" The room was filled with cheers when Community Fund for Women & Girls Chair Janna Wagner announced the Foundation's award of $80,950 to nine local nonprofits advancing gender equity. Read the press release

What We Heard

As published in the New Haven Independent on 6/15/17
"The meeting honed in on what feminism is right now, and how citizens can use it as a tool for political and social engagement. The call, then — the way to make feminism the common denominator — is to stay constantly, vigilantly aware, and to react when other women (activist and otherwise) are silenced or hushed, interrupted, or pushed to the sidelines, [Traister] said. “The key to reaching that common denominator, said Sarsour, is grassroots organizing, and the 'adopt a village' mentality. It also involves organizing with full understanding of where the feminist movement has been, and where it will go, added Traister. Employed in tandem, the two suggested, that philosophy may catapult progressives — and particularly women of color — to power in 2018, and beyond the midterm elections."  Read full article

What We Can Do



  1. Make an effort to meet and know our neighbors
  2. Define and broadcast what we stand for, not just what we stand against
  3. Learn about the women of color who have historically done the work but were not given recognition for it such as Sadie Alexander and Flo Kennedy
  4. Donate our resources to local social justice organizations, especially to those led by women of color
  5. Show up in the movement for other people 
  6. Check the media sources we read before sharing 
  7. Work to get more women in elected office — ourselves or other women 
  8. Talk about the importance of voting 
  9. Have conversations with those closest to us, and keep making the conversations stronger and better by bringing compassion and forgiveness to them 
  10. Learn our country’s history, including its transgressions against marginalized groups 
  11. Donate to the Community Fund for Women & Girls
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  • Get Inspired:

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. " — Aboriginal Activist Lilla Watson

"There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives."  — Audre Lorde



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