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Making NOISE,

March 31-April 2, 2020
Stata Center @ MIT, Cambridge, MA

Presented by the Center for New Words
Co-sponsored by the MIT Program in Women's Studies

To view a WAM!2005 slideshow taken by Anh Dao Kolbe, click here.

What People are Saying About WAM!:

“WAM! was one of the best conferences I’ve been to in a long time… It brought together women who are political and progressive, and women who are working journalists. It engaged with the media instead of just sniping at it from the margins, taking the attitude that change can be made. It was especially useful for me as an editor who makes it a priority to cultivate women’s voices; I connected with people there whom I might not have otherwise.
-Betsy Reed, senior editor, The Nation

The connections we made at WAM! weren’t limited to that weekend. Conversations that began during keynotes were fleshed out in break-out sessions, continued informally in small groups that talked well past midnight, and, most important, kept going on the listserv and in professional, academic, and personal projects and alliances, weeks and months later.”
- Jennifer Pozner, founder/director, Women In Media & News (WIMN)

“The WAM! conference inspires, invigorates, provokes and reminds us of the power of women, both individually and collectively. It is that rare place in which women can talk, laugh, disagree, commiserate, strategize and, most importantly, build community. I do not intend to miss one!
- Jill Nelson, journalist and author (Volunteer Slavery, Finding Martha’s Vineyard)

“We recently began carrying Mikhaela's cartoons! Just one of the many great things to come out of WAM!. Working out here in the fly-over zone it was wonderful and heartening to me so many smart, dedicated women involved in so many aspects of the media.
- J. Trout Lowe, editor, Minnesota Women’s Press

“I attended the first WAM! because I was working in mainstream media at Teen Vogue and looking to make more connections with feminists. I met feminist editors I have continued to keep in touch with, and one of them introduced me to writer with whom I’m now co-writing a book for Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux. (A book, in part, about the way Sassy Magazine brought feminist to a generation of teen girls). I was thrilled to attend the second WAM. For me, WAM! is a chance for women in the mainstream media and feminist media to cross-pollinate and figure out ways to work together.”
- Kara Jesella

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The Center for New Words
is committed to a simple mission: use the power and creativity of words to strengthen the voice of progressive and marginalized women in society. To accomplish this mission, our programs support diverse women's engagement with the entire “"word cycle,"“ from literacy to blogging to literary writing to opinion-making in the media and other domains of influence. Built on the wisdom, commitments, and competencies of 28 years of running New Words Bookstore, CNW is creating spaces and places where women's words matter. Contact CNW at 617-876-5310 or, or visit us on the web at


MIT Program in Women's Studies. Exploring gender with the tools of different, and often multiple, disciplines, Women's Studies subjects strive to help MIT students better understand how knowledge and value take different forms depending on a variety of social variables. In the course of their inquiry, students not only learn how to use gender as a category of analysis, but also reflect on the manifestation of gender in their own lives, leading to a range of personal and intellectual discoveries. Although gender is a central component of every subject, the study of gender requires attention to connections between gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, nationality, and other social categories; different subjects shed light on different aspects of such connections.


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