Zoe has been speaking for over forty years, collecting wisdom stories and creating new experiences. Her presentation is dynamic, inspiring and, sometimes, controversial. Using her life as the platform, she takes the audience on a pilgrimage through civil rights, feminism, the LGBT movement and lands them on intersection of Equality and Hope.
Hard to believe I have been speaking on Equality this long. My speaking is unusual, effective, insightful and valuable. The way I know is the fallout long after I have left. The emails, tweets, blogs, facebook comments and resulting innovations don't just happen for a week, they never stop. I am still in touch with people I met in 1972 and a recent tweet, "after hearing you speak, I found the courage to leave the family dinner table when my dad used the word, fag." Zoe
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The Heart of an Activist
What does an activist have in their heart & soul that sets them on their path? From Alice Paul to getEqual, what do fasters, hecklers, marchers have in common? Why are they so relentless? What is the source of their resolve? Demonstrating the lineage of activists and inviting the audience to join the ranks, The Heart of an Activist changes lives.
The Heart of an Activist is the companion presentation to her new book, The Engaged Heart. 90 minutes and unlimited Q & A.
The Provenance of Change
Now I am thinking that (the r)evolution is in full swing and we only need to learn the language, focus on unity, get out of the way. It is bursting from within and waiting for us to listen. It is all in the conversation, in the question, in the mindful regard. There is something on the horizon, surfacing and telling its secrets all over the world. It is the provenance of change.
PowerPoint as a backdrop, Zoe discusses how change occurs. Focusing specifically on the LGBTQ movement but applicable for all seeking equality.
Activism, A Passionate Life
Using her life as an example, Zoe Nicholson, Equality Activist, takes her audience on a pilgrimage through the evolution of her reaching for liberation. Starting with Liberation Theology, discovery of American Feminism, outspoken on LGBT Civil Rights, Zoe will land the audience at the complex intersection of EQUALITY.
Zoe shares her story, insights and hard won lessons about the life of an activist; addresses the principles of Gandhi, Satyagraha, Civil Disobedience as well as burnout, inspiration, balance and ethics. From civil rights, the ERA and LGBT, Zoe has fasted, marched, organized and rallied for social justice. At 63 Zoe will tell you she has not peaked yet as her life seems to be a steady climb.
Rich, multimedia PowerPoint includes the Lineage of American Feminist Waves calling for one unified intertected movement for full equality under the law, great story telling from The Hungry Heart about Zoe's 37 day water fast and love for the Equal Rights Amendment, comprehensive presentation of current day efforts for Civil Rights. "People are informed and involved but, more importantly, some are inspiried for the rest of their lives. I know, they stay in touch with me." Zoe Nicholson
Women, Not Angels
The most fundamental right any American has is Constitutional equality but as Abigail Adams, Alice Paul, Rep Carolyn Maloney and Rep Tammy Baldwin have pointed out, it has yet to include women. The Equal Rights Amendment; first written in 1923, extension signed by President Carter in 1978, failed by 3 states in 1982 awaits ratification. It is a complex history about a simple idea: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Every women’s studies & women’s history class should be including historical and current information on the ERA. Women’s and Gender Centers on campus should be celebrating Alice Paul, Women’s Equality Day, International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
Who better to invite but ERA expert and speaker Zoe Nicholson. Not only was she fasting in the Illinois State House in 1982 but is the founder of ERA Once and For All. She is a lifelong champion of the ERA, an activist and primary resource of current information. In 2010 she hosted an ERA World CAFÉ for the Veteran Feminists of America which included a summary and Q&A with Gloria Steinem. 2011, Zoe presented an ERA panel for the NWPC National Conference in Washington DC.
Women, Not Angels is a full multimedia presentation on the history and current politics around the Equal Rights Amendment. Her book, The Hungry Heart, is her 1982 diary about fasting for 37 days leading up to the ERA deadline.
Zoe Nicholson has had a profound impact on my students. Each year, she provides real life testimony to the readings and feminist theories that my students study. Zoe has an incredibly rich activist history. She is a champion of the Equal Rights Amendment, GLBTQ rights and human rights in general. Zoe is a humanist who cares about injustices to all persons. She isn't just a one issue activist.
Linda M. Perkins, Associate University Professor and Director of Applied Women's Studies and Africana Studies Certificate Program, Claremont Graduate University
I was first introduced to Zoe Nicholson through the amazing and powerful film "March On" which documented the 2009 National Equality March in Washington, D.C. Her insight, passion for social justice, and profound wisdom stood out to me and my students, and following the screening of the film, the decision was made that she would be our keynote speaker for GLBT Awareness Week at Texas A&M University. As a campus programmer, I frequently work with speakers, and I can honestly say that Zoe Nicholson was both easy and a pleasure to contract! Furthermore, her message is highly impactful and empowering for people regardless of their exposure to social justice issues. Zoe is a smart, fun, engaging, and inspiring speaker whom I recommend enthusiastically.
Lowell Kane, Program Coordinator, GLBT Resource Center, Texas A&M University
I am writing this endorsement for Zoe Nicholson because I attended her presentation at the NOW Prairie States Conference in MN in May 2012. Since hearing her, buying and reading her book, I think her message and herstory should be shared especially with the younger generation, but also old folks like me who just learned about her activism late in life. She gets my vote!!!
Jocelyn "Joyce" Morris NOW National Board Member, Chair, NOW Combating Racism Committee
Cal State Fullerton Social Justice Summit Keynote Address
Pomona College Women's Union
Purdue Centennial March Kaynote Address
Purdue LGBTQ Center
Missouri NOW State Conference
Minnesota NOW & Prairie Region NOW State Conference
UN Women’s Peace Walk
NWPC ERA Panel
Take Back the Night
Claremont Graduate School
Texas A & M
Harvey Milk Conference, Austin TX
Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
Social Justice Summit, Cal State Fullerton
Santa Monica City College
Cal State Fullerton
University of Southern California
Cal State Long Beach
University of California Irvine
University of California Bakersfield
Conference National Women’s History Project
Chapman University Democratic Club
San Diego Central NOW
National Conference Federally Employed Women.