Voices. Viewpoints. Vision.

A radio series focusing on women and the arts

Marilyn Campbell hosts this program series focusing on women and the arts. Musical pieces, spoken word, humor and archival recordings, are presented around themes vital to feminism today. A formidable line-up of guests and regular contributors from the worlds of music, film, theater and literature, speak from personal, historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring the artist as an agent of social change.

Focusing on feminism in a new era.

Media frequently stereotypes and marginalizes women, or ignores women’s issues in relation to world events and public policy.  The Feminist Lens radio series provides our audience an opportunity to have a voice – offering resources beyond airtime, making connections to individuals, community groups and organizations.

“WFMT presents programming you can’t find anywhere else on the radio dial. We are excited to have The Feminist Lens as part of our programming.” – Peter Whorf, WFMT Fine Arts Radio

“Your productions are well-produced, moving, and exciting. I look forward to the next episode of The Feminist Lens! “ – Frieda Werden, producer. WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Feminist Lens Creative Team

Maya Friedler, Executive Producer

Marilyn Campbell, Host

Allan Nowakowski, Director

Cat Jarboe, Audio Producer
Stuart Rosenberg, Consulting Producer

Produced with WFMT Fine Arts Radio

Steve Robinson, Vice President
David Polk, Program Director

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!

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Ain’t Nobody’s Business-Billie Holiday

Behind The Wall-Tracy Chapman

Aria-Othello by Verdi

“There is no greater threat to women than men”-Louie CK, YouTube Clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4LkrQCyIz8

Ain’t Nobody’s Business-Rihanna

Lady-Regina Spektor

I Like The Things About Me-Mavis Staples

Someone to Watch Over Me-by George Gershwin, sung by Barbara Streisand

I Like The Things About Me-Mavis Staples-Reprise

Helpful Links!

The National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/ 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

The Voices and Faces Project http://www.voicesandfaces.org/index.html

The YWCA  www.ywca.org



“Ain’t Nobody’s Business” to air on WFMT January 31st at 10pm.

Following up their award winning show “Breaking The Silence,” the Feminist Lens continues the conversation on violence against women and takes the listener into the very intimate world of “domestic” violence.

Featuring the voices of Chicago actors Susan Hart, Paul Oakley Stovall, and Troy Martin plus personal stories shared from the WMG team, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” highlights works from Shakespeare to Verdi, Billy Holiday to Rhianna, comedian Louie CK to former president Jimmy Carter.

The Feminist Lens was recently honored with a “2013 International Documentary Award of Excellence” by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Oslo, Norway” and we hope you will join us for our next thought-provoking program to launch us into the new year!

We are very honored to have received one of the two HONORABLE MENTIONS at the 2013 International Association of Women in Radio and Television awards for excellence for our program “Breaking the Silence”

Honorable Mention #1

“Breaking the Silence” by Maya Friedler and Marilyn Campbell from USA in the series The Feminist Lens produced by the Women´s Media Group Chicago.  The program used arts to give women who have experienced violence a voice.  Instead of “facts and figures” the producers said, they sentered their show “on the personal”.  Poetry, music, a letter from a woman working with women survivors of sexual violence in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and good use of sound, kept the jury engrossed for the entire 30 minutes duration.”

Thank you IAWRT!

We will have a new show to be broadcast on WFMT on November 23rd at 6:30 pm so stay tuned!