About The Blog

The Second Wave Feminists helped us live through an age when the greatest compliment you could give a woman was 'she does it like a man.' But now, we are doing it 'like a women,' and we are changing the world. – Maya Friedler, Exec. Director, Women's Media Group

Through our radio series The Feminist Lens, film screenings and live events, we present the variety, scope and imagination of women artists and activists working in the world today. Through this Blog, we reveal the details of how we put together our radio shows and programs, provide history and background on the artists, and give links in the community. We also want to respond to your feedback, as we reflect on culture and politics, and express our own views as media producers, artists, writers, activists and feminists. Join us!

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Playlist: The Feminist Lens-The Pre-Existing Condition of Being a Woman

Healthcare in America







Listen now here!

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Announcer: Cat Jarboe

Host: Marilyn Campbell

Executive Producer: Maya Friedler

Director: Allan Nowakowski

Narration: Deanna Berman

Theme Music: “Sogg” Anima

Opening Song: “Oh, Death” Diane Izzo

Quote: Margaret Sanger

The Supreme Court on the Hobby Lobby Case and The Hypocrisy

Hobby Lobby









House Bill 8 Protecting Expecting Mothers

Song: “Why Am I Treated So Bad” Mavis Staples

Dosing Women: Ambien and Bikini Medicine

Song: “Itsy Bitsy-Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini”

Break: Cat Jarboe

Song: “We’re Nursing As Fast As We Can” Anne Feeney

Florence Nightingale: “Far More Than a Lady with a Lamp” NYT 3/3/14








Song: “We We” Angelique Kidjo

Julie Sokolow and The Healthy Artists Project: Audio from the Healthy Artists Documentary http://healthyartists.org/









The Good Doctor Young” Filmmakers Allan Nowakowski and Cat Jarboe








Donna Smith on GRITtv with Laura Flanders Audio from the video interview







Med Students Rally for Single Payer Audio from the video

Song: “Scream” Patricia Barber

Commentary: Executive Producer Maya Friedler

Song: “Go Where the Wind Blows” Diane Izzo

Closing: Cat Jarboe

Closing Song: “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ Arctic Monkeys

WFMT Production Director, Don Muller

WFMT Sound Engineer, Mary Mazurek










Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014

New Feminist Lens Show Listen Now!

If you missed our show on WFMT at 9:30 pm May 16th we present an encore our latest Feminist Lens show!

American Healthcare: Is it violence against women? From reproductive health to skyrocketing insurance premiums, being a woman in America, with or without insurance, is a crap shoot to access to healthcare.

Why is simply being a woman a pre-existing condition?

We will talk with artists, filmmakers and musicians on how they deal with a class and gender tiered healthcare system and how it has affected their art and lives.

Do not miss this show!

You can listen now here:


Posted by on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Celebrate and Activate on V-Day Today!

Today is a day for love but it is also a day to join the ONE BILLION RISING global campaign to end violence against women and girls!

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“February 14th is V-Day. Created by playwright and activist Eve Ensler and a group of women in NYC, V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.  It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.”

Our Feminist Lens programming seeks to create global change through art. Creation and destruction exist in the same universe. We choose to love and create! Thank you all for your support and we hope you use this day to love yourself!



Posted by on Friday, February 14, 2014

Re: “Feminism poses threat to watching the football”

This letter is in response to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune by Rex W. Huppke.

Here is an excerpt:

“Nice try, ladies. Women make up about 50 percent of the U.S. population and I’m supposed to believe they’re OK with filling only 19 percent of the seats in the Senate and House of Representatives? Yeah, right.

You see what’s going on here, guys? By limiting their own pay and stubbornly refusing to rise to positions of leadership, women are preserving the inequality myth so they can continue to keep men from watching football, shooting guns and discriminating against women.”

Dear Mr. Huppke,

We want to thank you for your article recognizing the “threat of feminism” as a major threat to becoming a “real man.”  You have written outside of the prism of old definitions that define women and men.  We were excited by your rebuttal to “what feminism has delivered us is angry women and feminine men.”

The men and women who support us, The Women’s Media Group and our Award-winning radio show “The Feminist Lens” which airs on WFMT Fine Arts Radio, acknowledge the diversity of voices being heard from both men and women.  The one claim we make is that more women than men are peacemakers.  That claim comes from the disproportionate suffering by women and children in times of war.

Coincidentally, on the same day your article appeared, it was reported in the New York Times, by Adam Nossiter, that Catherine Simba-Panza had been elected interim president of the Central African Republic.  The article stated that, “as a woman [Simba-Panza] understands the suffering of the people, and as a woman, she will not tolerate this blood letting.”

Thank you!  On the same day as a woman was chosen to lead, you brought humor and facts to the feminist perspective.  All over the world women and men who believe in social change are raising their voices.  Now, please excuse us, we’re off to watch a football game.

Very truly yours,
Maya Friedler and Marilyn Campbell
Producers, The Feminist Lens

Posted by on Tuesday, February 11, 2014