Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment has lived on in infamy but let's hope that events like Out of the Binders will increase female representation in the workplace and eliminate ridiculous comments like these.
Out of the Binders: Symposium on Women Writers Today, aka BinderCon, is a conference promoting leading women in publishing, journalism and entertainment. It aims to counteract the underrepresentation of women and gender nonconforming authors in literary journals and major magazines by bringing celebrated and aspiring writers together in a series of panels and workshops on October 11th and 12th at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in Cooper Square.
BinderCon workshops and panels will discuss topics like "Financially Successful Freelancing", "The Care and Feeding of Trolls", "The Challenges Faced by Women Writers of Color", "Self-Promotion Online," and "Writing While Trans."
The conference will feature speakers like Anna Holmes, the editor of Jezebel, novelist Leslie Jamison, Jessica Valenti, authors Imogen Binnie and Esmé Weijun Wang, even the one, the only, the wonderful Emily Rems of BUST will be on the BinderCon panel on "Crafting a Career Out of Multiple Gigs"!
You can buy tickets through Kickstarter now. Attendees can even sign up for 15 minute pitch meetings with book agents, magazine editors, and possibly even screenwriting agents. Remote attendance is also possible, so writers, artists, BUSTies - you beautiful people, you better be there! Phew, it feels so good to be out of that binder.
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