New Girls Club: Womxn Leading Appalachian Futures

This roundtable, which premiered as a popular breakout session at the 2018 National Rural Assembly, is led by three fierce female artist-educators from east Kentucky grassroots media center Appalshop. Womxn (a term that refers to all female-identifying people, including trans and non-binary) often take a backseat to “old boys clubs” in Appalachian power structures, organizing initiatives, and movements for change...even as those movements benefit from our labor and genius. The group discussion will introduce a variety of strategies for changing this narrative, including challenges, resources, and regional perspectives on shifting our institutions―and the communities they serve―towards equity with humor, compassion, and style. NOTE: This is an inclusive session. People of all genders, ages, ethnicities, and degrees of ability are welcome.