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April 10, 2014 / vifadmin

Proud to Announce our 2014 Theme!

This Year’s Conference Theme is: Doing Feminism (focusing on action over identity)

Too often, feminism is used only as a noun; this year the VIF collective is exploring feminism as a verb and discussing the limitations of feminism being used solely as a label. By focusing on action over identity we are seeking out those working to create a culture that does not have an narrow definition of what a feminist is or what doing feminism looks like. The VIF collective’s understanding of ‘doing feminism’ is tied up in our combined experience in: food justice, reproductive justice, union organizing, and animal rights advocacy (to name a few). We hope that the conference, created (by both presenters and attendees), will be a genuine exchange of ideas, actions and challenges to our own understanding of activism.

Each year, Visions in Feminism seeks to provide a forum for diverse perspectives within a feminist framework to keep the movement relevant, inspire action by its attendees, and destabilize patriarchy and other forms of oppression.

March 21, 2014 / vifadmin

Important Update!

We want to apologize for the lack of updates of the past few months. Due to scheduling realities, and VIF’s own assessment of readiness we are moving the conference to the summer, and will be having the event off of the American University Campus.

We cannot overstate how over the past six years the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at American University has graciously assisted with space, time, and mentorship. Our collaboration  has truly shaped the collective, and the conference itself. While we move forward to create a conference this year off campus we do not want the integrity or the quality of the conference to suffer.

While we plan our upcoming event we, as always, are open to feedback and suggestions. Please let us know what you think, and reach out if you would like to attend our next meeting (currently being scheduled).

June 17, 2013 / vifadmin

Call for Visions in Feminism Zine Submissions!!

Do you have a ‘VIF’ story? The Visions in Feminism Collective has organized an annual conference in the DC area since 2001; in that time many people have come to our conferences, shared their knowledge, and shaped another person’s understanding of feminism. Maybe you’ve attended on of our conferences, happy hours, or a craft swap. Tell your story about a person you met, an idea challenged, a knitting project learned, or some interaction that follows you to this day. We are accepting submissions of 2-3 paragraphs, pictures, and art. Please submit your VIF story to: by July 7th!

April 5, 2013 / vifadmin

See you tomorrow!

The Visions in Feminism Collective is so excited about the 2013 Conference line up!


feminism is for every body

feminism is for every body

For directions, please see the Conference Details page.

And check out the Workshop schedule!!

Thank you to everyone that helped make this year’s conference possible and to all past collective members, speakers, and attendees. Your foundation of support keeps the Visions in Feminism Collective spirit going!



March 6, 2013 / vifadmin

One Month Until the 2013 Visions in Feminism Conference!


Check out Conference Details and visit our facebook page!


January 29, 2013 / vifadmin

Call For Workshops

We are happy to announce the 2013 Visions in Feminism Conference Date is :Saturday, April 6th

This Year’s Conference Theme is: Bringing Feminism to Un-Feminist Spaces

Feminism as a movement is often torn between a generic “Girl Power” label and overly isolating academic jargon. Both methods can distract the application of feminism from its focus. The spirit of feminism is inclusive, multi-faceted and complex. By creating space for voices from across religious, social, and political spectrums to address racism, classism, hetero and cis sex-isms we expand and infiltrate spaces that are not outwardly labeled as “feminist”. This year, the ViF conference will explore how we can bring feminism into areas of society that have been under-served by, do not openly identify with, or are unsympathetic to feminism’s goals. By focusing on these efforts, the movement can expand to reach those individuals who would not readily align themselves with feminism and successfully demonstrate the necessity of feminist approaches in continuing the anti-oppression work of the future.

Each year, Visions in Feminism seeks to provide a forum for diverse perspectives within a feminist framework to keep the movement relevant, inspire action by its attendees, and destabilize patriarchy and other forms of oppression.
We are asking that workshops be submitted via our googleform

January 18, 2013 / vifadmin

Visions in Feminism 3rd Annual Know Roe!! Happy Hour

Friday, January 25th 6-9
MOVA Lounge
2204 14th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20009
Drink specials include half-price wine, well cocktails and beer.

(just about 3 blocks from U-street metro – please note there is 1 step up from the sidewalk to enter the building)

Every year in DC “pro life’ activists descend upon the capital to protest individuals’ right to medical autonomy – and the Visions in Feminism crew hopes ur event will create an alternate space for folks to::

  • Thank and support our local repro-justice organizers
  • Give attendees a chance to reach out to their local legislatures
  • Learn more about the history of Roe Vs. Wade and other legislation around abortion and other Reproductive Rights issues.

Why do we keep doing the event? New legislation keeps popping up every year, and groups like the DC Abortion fund continually work to provide folks access to abortion care through providing funds (and can use the signal boost!) Most importantly, we have to work to share our history to know where we are going. The Washington Post reported this week that: Most Americans under 30 don’t know Roe was about abortion

So come drink with us –hear from the Visions in Feminism collective about the history of repro rights, hear from local activists – and mingle with awesome repro-justice warriors!


Be sure to RSVP by Facebook (and invite friends!)

October 10, 2012 / vifadmin

Gearing up for 2013

The first step in planning an awesome, engaging & challenging conference is encouraging new folks to join our collective. So come to our meet & greet on October 17th to see if you’d like to help shape the 2013 Visions in Feminism Conference

More details are on the Facebook Event Page:

March 25, 2012 / vifadmin

The Conference was a Success – Thanks to You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the conference!!  We’ll be in touch soon about some DCAF fundraising, upcoming events and one last survey so we can start thinking about next year.


The 2012 Visions in Feminism Collective would like to thank:

Gay Young, Shana Klein and American University’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Jeanne Flavin, AU A/V Team, the Doll House, UMD Food Co-op, Soho Tea & Coffee, Science Club, Gilded Lily Burlesque, The Wind Up Space, Public Bar, Sushi Rock, Eighteenth Street Lounge, Zumbathoners, The Blaguard, our ASL interpreters and Nicole from AU Disability Support Services, Alanah Plaza, Studio 51

We’d also like to thank our speakers, facilitators, volunteers, attendees and previous collective members! The continuance of the Visions in Feminism Collective would not be possible without a wonderful legacy of strong, passionate feminists!

March 23, 2012 / vifadmin

1 day left & still great news !!

As if you needed another reason to attend ViF: WACDTF will be onsite doing a clinic defense training!!

The Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force is an all-volunteer, non-violent group founded in the 1980s to promote peaceful and safe access to women’s health clinics in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. At this training you will get a chance to learn the techniques we use to defuse potential problems with clinic protesters. Volunteer escorting is an important way to take a peaceful, proactive stance against the religious right, which wants to control women’s options. Come and help us prevent that from happening locally on the front lines of this insidious movement against women’s rights.