SPARK events are designed to ignite your thinking about change and how it happens. Through interviews, book talks, field trips, film screenings, and more, you'll get to know the women and non-binary people leading change in a wide range of areas, and learn more about the hard, but important, work of building a better future.
Below is an archive of SPARK events and associated resources. If you would like to recommend additional resources for any of these topics, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 30, 2021
On September 1, 2021, Texas' Senate Bill 8, which effectively bans abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy, went into effect. Click above to see our conversation with co-authors Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay about reproductive freedom - the threats and more importantly, what we can do about them. This conversation was moderated by Gaby Goldstein, Co-Founder of Sister District.
If you are interested in learning more about what you can do NOW to save reproductive freedom, please review the following list of resources (compiled by Anna Kohlasch BC '22):
- Purchase Kathryn and Julie's book here: https://www.hachettebooks.com/titles/kathryn-kolbert/controlling-women/9780306925634/
- Op ed by Gaby for folks interested in the TX abortion law: https://msmagazine.com/2021/09/02/abortion-texas-state-house-legislature-local-politics-women/
- List of organizations fighting the Texas abotion ban: https://nymag.com/strategist/2021/09/texas-abortion-ban-2021-where-to-donate.html
- NPR Podcast summarizing the situation in Texas: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5lXSBdwD0hxzml1n02kAsh?si=8Atsfoa_THaDEhWEHRXwRQ&dl_branch=1
- New Yorker article summarizing the upcoming Supreme Court cases and current situation: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/27/the-supreme-court-and-the-future-of-roe-v-wade
- Volunteer at Planned Parenthood NY: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/get-involved/volunteer-intern
October 12, 2021
How do you turn a hobby into a business? And how can that business lift up other women? Click above to see our conversation with Barnard alumna and entrepreneur Kaylin Marcotte ’12. Kaylin is the founder & CEO of JIGGY, a direct-to-consumer jigsaw puzzle brand on a mission to modernize and elevate the humble jigsaw, and support female artists around the world.
This event was held in partnership with the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being.
If you are interested in learning more about women's entrepreneurship, please review the following list of resources (compiled by Anna Kohlasch BC '22):
- Jiggy Puzzles: https://jiggypuzzles.com/collections/all?utm_source=google&utm_campaign=11655261022&adgroupid=118680515412&utm_content=525875941627&utm_term=jiggy%20puzzles&gclid=CjwKCAjw4qCKBhAVEiwAkTYsPJ5maSijhZL_v-mYYmbxNBToVhr68FnzYXxVFOkBTM9xj18geFJjfxoC5zsQAvD_BwE
- Village Strategic: https://www.villagestrategic.com/
- Barnard Entrepreneurs Network (Bnet): https://our.barnard.edu/s/1133/16/index.aspx?sid=1133&gid=1&pgid=3032
- Athena Entrepreneurs: https://barnard.edu/eship
- WENYC: https://we.nyc/about-we-nyc/
- SCORE NYC: https://newyorkcity.score.org/about-score-new-york-city
October 18, 2021
Black Americans have never owned more than a disproportionately small fraction of the nation’s wealth. In her book, The Color of Money, Mehrsa Baradaran highlights how credit policies and housing policies have embedded inequalities that have become self-perpetuating and challenges the notion that black banks and community self-help -- championed by activists and presidents alike -- can meaningfully reduce the racial wealth gap. Click above to see our conversation with Mehrsa about how we got here and what a path to real economic justice might look like. Merhsa was in conversation with Angela Simms, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Barnard College.
This event was held in partnership with the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being as well as Undesign The Redline @ Barnard.
If you are interested in learning more about the racial wealth gap, please review the following list of resources (compiled by Anna Kohlasch BC '22):
- Mehsra’s interview with PBS: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/the-racial-wealth-gap-it-all-comes-down-to-black-banks/
- Mehsra’s book: https://bookshop.org/books/the-color-of-money-black-banks-and-the-racial-wealth-gap-9780674970953/9780674237476
- Barnard's Undesign The Redline Exhibit: https://barnard.edu/undesign-redline
- The black feminist podcast of your dreams hosted by Roxane Gay & Tressie McMillan Cottom: https://www.heartoslay.com/
- The Limits of Whiteness: https://www.amazon.com/Limits-Whiteness-Americans-Everyday-Politics/dp/1503603377
- From bi-racial to tri-racial: Towards a new system of racial stratification in the USA: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0141987042000268530