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The Ripple Series created a space where honest dialogue, historical knowledge, existing paradigms, and preferred future visioning converged. Brilliant local feminist leaders challenged ideas and systems catalyzing actionable ripples of change from our audiences.

The Ripple Series - A Feminist Forum 

Built on the momentum of a feminist movement generations in the making, ripples of feminist power are disrupting the status quo across today's fundamental social justice issues. From reuniting families on the Southern border, to defending reproductive rights and running for political offices long-held by men, women - especially in the Southwest - are stepping into their power.  The Ripple Series, based in O'Ga Pogeh, the Tewa name for Santa Fe, offered inspiring and captivating conversations with revolutionary changemakers in our community whose work has been recognized locally and nationally.

What an inspiring afternoon you created! Thank you for creating the space where women from different economic backgrounds, historical experiences, races and ethnicities come together to discuss and share their experiences.Your events inspire deeper conversations long after we leave. I really appreciated the gathering and the wisdom that the panelists shared. Andrea -- Audience member

Previous Events

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July 2020 - Transforming Masculinity: Exploring Traditional and Emerging Manhood

Watch the full discussion here:

Jess Clark, Scott Davis, Larry Hinojos, and Patrick Jaramillo shared their personal reasons for engaging in the work of Transformative Masculinity.  They dived deep into the challenges and promises for menfolk at this moment in history which promises to bring lasting changes to our society – locally, nationally, and globally. As men and masculine folks, faced with the uncertainty of what their roles in this future will be, they spoke to their experiences in shifting the narratives of, often, violent practices of manhood passed down for generations, and their engagement in the growing movement to transform masculinity out of rigid gender norms, to not only relieve communities struggling under the trauma of male violence – but to also relieve themselves of these limitations and lean into their full humanity.

February 2020 - Undercurrents: The Women Behind the Rise of Progressive Politics in New Mexico

New Mexico is positioning itself as a national leader of progressive politics and values, largely thanks to the unprecedented number of women elected in the 2018 midterms. Behind the Blue Wave that continues to ripple across the state are activists, organizers, and consultants who mobilize communities to ensure values-aligned politicians get elected into office.

Our deeply engaging panel was moderated by Andrea Serrano, Executive Director of OLÉ (center), and included from left - right: Linda Serrato, Emerge NM (newly elected New Mexico State House District 45), Adriann Barboa, Field Director Forward Together (newly elected as Bernalillo County Commissioner Dist. 3), and Michelle Mayorga, Vice President, GBAO Research + Strategy. Cecile Lipworth, Ripple Founder (far right)

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November 2019 - Currents of Imagination: The Radicalness of Feminist Art

Often revered as "society's conscience," feminist artists use their empathy and talents to humanize statistics, expose the strength that lies within pain, and trigger wide-spread community actions. Our event featured artists spanning generations and art forms intimately discussing how they straddle both celebration and catastrophe in their works. Their intimate conversations were graphically facilitated by moderator and multi-disciplinary artist, Taslim van Hattum.​

Our expert panelists were poet and oral historian, Margaret Randall; painter and sculptor, Sabra Moore; painter and muralist, Nani Chacon; and impact producer and documentary filmmaker, Lisa Madison

Watch Sabra and Nani's conversation depicted graphically, here:

Watch Margaret and Lisa's conversation depicted graphically, here:

June 2019 - Surfing the Waves: The Women's Movement Past & Present

Our inaugural event dove into the issues surrounding what is commonly framed as the first, second, and third waves of feminism. Our expert panel discussed the lost historical narrative of women of color's integral role in building the women's movement, examined what worked and how those 'waves' shaped the intersectional grassroots organizing led by millennial women in the current iteration of the movement. Audience participation and discussion on how we can work together to build an inclusive and strong feminist movement concluded the event.

Our expert panelists were Sylvia Ramos Cruz, Chair ERA Taskforce Albuquerque; Denicia Cadena, Policy Director at Young Women United; Sofia Martinez, Co-Coordinator Los Jardines Institute and co-founder and co-producer of Voces Feministas, and Bianca Encinias, owner and Director of El Chante: Casa de Cultura LLC and La Plebe: Community Building, Planning and Design LLC.

In addition to our generous Series Sponsors, Surfing the Waves was supported by the following Event Sponsors: National Organization of Women (NOW) Santa Fe and Pomegranate Studios.

Couldn't make the event ? No problem! 


Looking for more reading material?

Click - The Ongoing Feminist Revolution
An exhibit that highlights the achievements of women from the 1940s to the present. This exhibit explores the power and complexity of gender consciousness in modern American life.

History of the Chicana Movement 
Maria E. Cotera, Assistant Professor Program in American Culture- Latina/o Studies women's Studies Program, Univ. of Michigan

This Bridge Called My Back- Writings by Radical Women of Color
Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (1st ed. 1981)
For Chicana feminists, one of the first anthologies where BIWOC theories are presented. 

Women of Color were Cut out of the Suffragist Story. Historians Say it’s time for a Reckoning.
Liz Weber Washington Post (June 3, 2019)

ERA Coalition

Rebecca Traister's Keynote Speech at the Observer's 2019 Molly Award

In her keynote speech at the Observer’s 2019 MOLLY Prize dinner, Rebecca Traister argued that women’s anger has been silenced throughout history — and that daring to speak out is a powerful, subversive act.


After, a few of us went on to [dinner]. In the garden, conversations ensued triggered by what was shared earlier. We all agreed we had a need for deep sharing.

 Sally, Audience Member

 So grateful to have the opportunity to sit and listen to the wisdom, passion and experience of these women. All the needed things got mentioned. Among them: racism, patriarchy, capitalism and the need for healing between women. Every day it is clearer to me how capitalism, patriarchy and racism work together to perpetuate injustice and marginalization, protecting and promoting the dominant and entrenched systems of power.

Andrea, Audience Member

I was invited to your event today and thought it was very well done...throughout. Today was inspiring and yet we all know there is plenty of work to be done.

Trisha, Audience Member

We look forward to bringing future events to Santa Fe! 


The Ripple Series is brought to you by the following generous catalysts in our vibrant community. This Series would not be possible without their financial and in-kind support:

Joan Baker & Margeaux Klein | Gay Block & Billie Parker | Sheila Gershon | Shirley Klinghoffer
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