I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned the Center for New Words, but they are an inspiring feminist center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They hold regular events such as open mic nights, Feminism and Dessert discussion groups, and presentations by well-known feminists. Because of an event at the CNW last fall, I had the chance to meet my idols from Bitch and in two weeks they will be hosting WAM —a conference about Women, Action & the Media. I don’t think I’ve ever been interested in a conference enough to pay for it myself, but WAM immediately captured my interest (and my money).

On the first day of the conference, I’ve signed up for several workshops dealing with freelance feminist writing. Ellen Goodman, one of my favorite journalists of all time (doesn’t hurt that she’s from New England!), is giving the keynote address. The next day is more workshops and networking events with local women. I’ve also read that Jessica Valenti, the mastermind behind Feministing and Andi Zeisler, one of the above-mentioned goddess from Bitch, will be there too.

I’m not sure what to expect, but it all feels very powerful to me. Apparently the organizers connect a woman who is attending for the first time with a WAM “veteran.” Although I’ve done quite a bit of work in terms of feminist issues, I’ve never felt that community or camaraderie that I read about during the second wave of feminism. The third wave, despite that fact that it feels like a strong force, has always felt insular to me; maybe it is because there isn’t much feminist activity in Little Rhody. I guess I’ll report on this more after experiencing WAM for myself. Anyone want to join me? It’s not too late to register!