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TWE RADIO: WomenStrong International Founder Dr. Susan Blaustein Launches Safe Cities for Women Campaign

Dr. Susan Blaustein, founder of Women Strong/Photo: Provided by Susan Blaustein

Dr. Susan Blaustein at WomenStrong site in Madurai, southern India

By Stacey Gualandi/March 5, 2018

Be sure to tune in to Stacey’s BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio – to coincide with Women’s History Month – with Dr. Susan Blaustein, the founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong International, an organization dedicated to eradicating urban poverty in Ghana, India, Haiti, Kenya and the United States.

logo for WomenStrong Internation, founded by Dr. Susan Blaustein

With a doctorate from the Yale School of Music, Dr. Blaustein was on track to be a music composer, but after working on a fellowship and traveling abroad, she began reporting on poverty and social injustice that she witnessed first-hand, “whether in the Philippines, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), or while watching an earlier generation of Rohingya Muslims pour in from Burma into already overwhelmed Bangladesh.”

dr. Susan Blaustein, founder of Women Strong with Project Director at their site is Kisumu, Kenya/Photo: Provided by Women Strong

Dr. Blaustein with WomenStrong project director in Kisumu, Kenya

This author-professsor-and former journalist saw a need to combat the hardships women and girls are facing around the globe. Through WomenStrong, Dr. Blaustein is providing the tools they need to survive and thrive. You’ll hear how she’s accomplished this on the podcast.

Now into its fourth year, the organization just launched a new anti-violence campaign “Cities for Women” in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8. Check out this very informative #CitiesforWomen infographic.

For Dr. Blaustein, WomenStrong is a labor or love and she is committed to make it her life’s work…what she calls “Women’s Work.”

Susan Blaustein founder of WomenStrong International at Dhan/Photo: Courtesy WomenStrong

Dr. Blaustein helping children at their Dhan site in India

Check out www.womenstrong.org.


TOP 10: Women in Photography: 34 Voices from Around the World

Maria Vitoria, age 8, in Brazil/Photo: Luisa Dorr

Women in Photography–34 Voices from Around the World: Pollack/Pomerantz–time.com–3/7/17–Photo: Luisa Dorr

TOP 10: Ava DuVernay Covers ‘Essence’ for Women’s History Month

Ava Duvernay cover of Essence/urbanmecca.net

Ava DuVernay Covers ‘Essence’ for Women’s History Month: Jasmine Ginyard–urbanmecca.net–2/19/17–Photo: Essence/Instagram

TWE INTERVIEW: Amy Simon Brings Women’s History to Life in One-Woman Show

Amy Simon

By Stacey Gualandi/March 9, 2016

TWITTER: @sheshistoryamy

Amy Simon calls herself a cultural “her”storian. This writer-actress celebrates everyone from Betsy Ross to Hillary Clinton in her latest solo play which is anything but a one-woman show.

Another of Simon’s works,  Cheerios in my Underwearholds the record for the longest-running solo play in Los Angeles, CA. Now she’s on track to break that seven-year record.

She once asked the question, “Why do we know more about Kim Kardashian than Eleanor Roosevelt?”

So she came up with another solution: She’s History: The Most Dangerous Women in America Then and Now. From Bella Abzug to Susan B. Anthony to Lilly Ledbetter (whom I’ve interviewed on The Women’s Eye Radio Show!), Amy salutes American women who make and made history.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Simon is performing on March 13th in Hollywood, CA. She says many of us share a collective guilt of not knowing who these historical women are, and feeling like we should. But she says that’s her job. “I’m happy to be the one to tell you; that’s why I do what I do,” says Simon. And there are plenty of women to go around.

Simon shared her story on TWE Radio and talked about how she came to portray so many fabulous females…  [Read more…]

TOP 10: Rad American Women A-Z: The New Alphabet You’ll Want to Learn

Rad American Women A-Z: The New Alphabet you'll Want to Hear

Rad American Women A-Z–The New Alphabet You’ll Want to Learn: Noel Duan–yahoo.com–2/7/15

TOP 10: 100 Years Ago, The 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade

Suffragists on bus Mar. 3, 1913/Library of Congress

100 Years Ago, The 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade: theatlantic.com–3/4/13–Photo of Suffragists on bus: Library of Congress