The We Are Woman team

When people tell me I am the “founder” of We Are Woman, I thank them, and tell them, no, I’m not. Everyone in America who stood, mouths agape, while Darrell Issa held hearings on women’s contraception without listening to women is the founder. Every American who watched, angry and outraged when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” in the founder. Every single American who loves a woman, who respects women and who understands that the GOP is waging a war on everyone who is not exactly like them is the founder of We Are Woman.

We Are Woman has some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met involved as team leaders and team members. I would like to introduce Mad Mike’s readers to the We Are Woman team.

Julie Torres Barden

Julia Torres Barden grew up in New York City watching Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Shirley Chisolm fight for equality for all women. She is now a mother of three young men and believes it is her responsibility to lead by example in continuing the fight to secure a level playing field for her sisterhood. Julia is an award-winning reporter, former corporate spokesperson and graduate of several political leadership programs including Emily’s List. She is serving on We Are Woman’s Speakers and Outreach committees with the intention of securing participation from all multicultural communities. Empowering women from all walks of life is her passion and her mission.

Jessica DelBalzo

Jessica DelBalzo became involved in reproductive rights activism as a high school student. Now, she’s a single mom living on the East Coast with a daughter and son who inspire her continued fight for women’s rights. By trade, Jessica is a web content writer for a growing SEO company. In her spare time, Jessica writes activist essays which have appeared on Salon, Eclectica, OpEd News and RH Reality Check, as well as various other publications. Jessica writes openly about her positive abortion experience and encourages other women to do the same. She is excited to be a member of the Verbal and Written Promotions committee.

Denise Cumor

Denise Cumor has dedicated most of her adult life to empowering women in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Her community involvement began with The Thirty-First Street Women’s Bookstore in Baltimore. With over a decade of experience in theater, Denise has directed and acted in various productions of “The Vagina Monologues.” Denise’s experience also includes corporate and non-profit event planning, and she volunteered her services as Event Coordinator for the Spirit Dance Women’s Center where she is also an active board member. Denise now spends her time as an educator and facilitator all along the East Coast. Denise is excited to direct and edit videos that will spread the word and inspire people to march, and she is serving on We Are Woman’s Speakers and Stage Set-Up committees.

Eileen Davis, RN

A life long community advocate, Eileen Davis is currently an adjunct professor at JSRCC School of Nursing and Allied Health in Richmond, Virginia. Eileen volunteers in a free clinic that provides a medical home for the uninsured in Central Virginia. Eileen helped organize and implement the Boycott Susan Komen initiative which was featured in The New York Times and the protests at Virginia’s state capitol in response to Virginia’s personhood and ultrasound legislation. These protests helped reignite a nationwide women’s rights movement, similar to the movement Eileen was part of in the 1970’s. Eileen credits her three daughters, three granddaughters and the women who came before her as her inspiration for this second round. Eileen states, and we agree, “Let’s settle this once and for all, shall we?”

I will be sharing more biographies over the coming weeks, simply to bring our amazing team much deserved recognition. These bios are written by each woman, and I simply edited a bit here and there for content. We Are Woman is incredibly proud and honored to have such a gifted, experienced and passionate team.

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2 Responses to The We Are Woman team

  1. omichele Reply

    May 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

    To the WE ARE WOMEN team…
    I want to express my gratitude to all of you empowered, enlightened ‘everyday’ women for your efforts. For as long as I can remember, I have been a seeker of justice, and as I aged, became an activist for the causes that we are still struggling with…
    My mother was born on the day women were “given” the right to vote. As a feminist public speaker I started many of my talks with this truth. Never in my imagination did I ever conceive the thought that as a 61 year old woman,(on May 9th) I would still be involved in such a struggle.

    My experiences; from working in women’s shelters, advocating in court, defending clinics, attending the trial of a man who murdered an abortion provider, standing toe to toe with jack-booted full riot geared police, lobbying the halls of legislative bodies to educate men about the reality of spousal rape,(who could not seriously look me in the eye because they were staring at my tits,) standing 18 inches from a man who had bloodied and injured my friend, daring him to knock me down if he wanted to get to her, making a career in a ‘non-traditional’ field (carpentry), raising 4 children, marching in the capital of our country to end violence against women, formatting tools to educate judges, raising oh so much money it boggles my mind….
    Holy Mother, I could go on, but what I truly wanted to say is this: I have always found the most hope and dreams and inspiration from the “Young Feminists”. I applaud you and thank you from the bottom of my soul.

    I want to be in Washington so bad this year I taste and pray it everyday. But I now reside in a small, beautiful fishing village in the Yucatan of Mexico, and I am not in a financial position to accomplish this. I still do what I can with every waking (and dreaming) breath to further the cause of justice and equal protection under the law in the most, allegedly, civilized country in the world, from a gracious beach, in a “third world country”.

    I ask you to forgive an older women her ramblings, (only 1 cup of coffee so far), but it has been on my mind for months to be able to let you know that you are invaluable to the lives of my daughters, grand daughters, as well as my sons and grand sons. I thank you all.

    Pace yourselves, know you are right, carry on with pride, smile everyday at the strength you will receive from your sisters, and fear not, for you are doing the right thing. We SHALL overcome.

    • Erin Nanasi Reply

      May 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Thank you! Given the gorgeous location where you now reside, I am sorely tempted to tell the rest of the team we’re bringing the march to you!

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