Well, I was right to dread the cold weather in New York City! When my plane arrived there was snow everywhere and it didn't get above thirty for the first three days. But, in spite of the cold weather, my feminist activist week in New York was one of the best weeks of my life. I met a wide variety of writers, artists, and activists living in New York and working with numerous feminist organizations. Some personal highlights for me was meeting Elizabeth Wurtzel, the author of Prozac Nation, Marcia Gillespie, the editor emeritus of Essence and Ms. Magazine, and Perva Panday of the V-Day organization founded by Eve Ensler. We all got to sit down and eat or have coffee with these amazing women and hear their stories and how they arrived at where they are. It was really inspiring to hear from these successful women that I, as a young woman, could also make a career out of my passions and that these women didn't know what they wanted to do when they were my age either!
When we weren't in meetings with various people we
also got a chance to explore the city. I saw a comedy show at the
Upright Citizens Brigade, visited the Brooklyn Art Museum and the
Museum of Sex, went shopping on Fifth Avenue, visited the Empire State
building, and walked through Central Park in the snow. Overall, it was
a very inspiring, productive, fun week that I am glad I got to enjoy
with my Salem sisters!