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Timeline: Media/Cultural Policy
What are key policy developments in media & cultural that have advanced women or hampered them? This Timeline provides an overview, starting with the 1792 Postal Act.
Women Are Not An Audience, slide
One of many slides Ariel has presented in scores of presentations before university, community and film audiences. She uses her lived experiences to educate and advocate for the necessity of media justice in expanding the roles of women voices in all phases of our society. One such lecture is at the link below.
ONGOING WOMANIFESTO, 1975
A political vision statement crafted by filmmakers in attendance at the Conference of Feminist Film and Video Organizations, was first published in the last issue of WOMEN AND FILM. Ruby Rich refers to it in her book, CHICK FLICKS.
Testimony before Congress, 1985
This testimony by Ariel regards the National Endowment on the Arts Authorization in 1985. The testimony lead directly to the inclusion of women as a "special constituency". The victory was hollow, in light of the subsequent attacks on the NEA and NEH.
WOMEN'S MEDIA POLICY, Nov 2011
Crafted by the Media & Technology Task Force of the National Coalition of Women's Organizations, this is the first major policy development regarding women's media in several decades. It is an expansion of the Platform J statements that came out of the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995. The statement should become a part of every feminist activist toolkit.
Putting Tech/Media Tools in Hands
This splendid graphic by Anne Walker, International Women's Tribune Center, was created for the Nairobi Women's Conference in 1985. It embodies what as a matter of policy and practice Ariel has done since 1968, puts tools in the hands of others so they can tell their stories.
WOMEN'S FUNDING NETWORK
Two years in a row Ariel organized feminist media practitioners to speak in workshops about the significance and successes of their work. This image is Madeleine Lim, founder and Artistic Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project and a quote from her stellar presentation.
Leadership in Minority Inclusion
As a newly elected Board member of the National Association of Artists Organizations, NAAO, in 1983 no people of color were elected. I co-chaired a Task Force to correct this. NAAO made progress, but as an organization no longer exists. This image from a 2014 looks at the history of Artists Spaces. Little view on people of color.
MEDIA EQUITY COLLABORTIVE, 2006-2014
Ariel for almost a decade lead an effort to vastly increase the funding available to grassroots women's, girls and LGBT groups to expand the voices of feminists. MEC was able to provide very modest support for a few project but not generally able to move major support into this vital progressive sector.
Volunteer for Kennedy Campaign
13 years old, Ariel was an active volunteer typing fund raising letters in the Senate basement, collating papers and stuffing envelops during six months leading up to the 1960 presidential election. She also organized scores of her classmates. This bumper sticker, signed by Robert Kennedy, was obtained by Ariel on the eve of the election when she walked into the campaign headquarters.
ARCHITECTURE W/OUT ARCHITECTS
In her local community Ariel has advocated building on the 'indigenous' architecture of hand built buildings. It has been a tough sell. She continues however to add to her knowledge and to interface that with the on-the-ground reality. Linked here is another one of those documents.