does that really mean? Please spell it out for me here:
a woman? She is everything - all types, all colors and creeds;
multifaceted more than anyone has imagined. Womanhood crosses
all boundaries - we are able to transcend the gap between races,
cultures, religions and everything in between. We can be both
sexy and smart, be a businesswoman, an artist, an athlete and
a mother; we can date older, or date younger, or date each other!
We can be anything or combination of things we want to be! Above
all we are part of the human race.
If women who are living in one of the most privileged, prosperous
places on the planet - if we cannot use everything we have at
our disposal to make this our best, most fulfilled life,
then how can we expect a woman in Afghanistan, Iraq or Africa
to do so?
The Women's Mosaic provides opportunities to recognize
our unity with women both here and abroad, while celebrating
the beauty of all the diversity that exists
within and around us. We encourage women to know and love who
they are, and to achieve joy and prosperity for themselves as
well as for others. We need take control of our own lives, express
and share our unique talents and abilities, and in so doing,
serve others with our existence and example. We can offer inspiration,
motivation and assistance for the millions of women who are
fighting for their most basic rights as a human being. We can
help one another.
This mission, should we choose to accept and accomplish
it, will not only bring us personal fulfillment, but will ultimately
bring about a much needed revolution on the
planet that will be completed with both noise and silence, in
both a rockin' and harmonious manner by all the women of the
that all sounds fine and dandy, but how does The Women's
Mosaic think it's going to do that?
gotta start somewhere! The Womens' Mosaic offers activities,
events, and workshops that educate, inspire and motivate women
to learn more about themselves and the world around them. By
strengthening and empowering women on individual and community
levels, The Women's Mosaic seeks to promote peace, understanding
and overall positive women-power that will filter out into the
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In March, TWM
Founder Kristina Leonardi was named as Tango Diva's 2007 Diva Visionary
- "a woman who has dedicated her life to reaching above and beyond, changing
her community, and the world, for the better."
Thanks again to all
TWM friends and members who shared in the recognition of her work by casting
your votes and supportive comments - the title has allowed TWM to gain some
great visibility as result! TangoDiva
Announcement and supportive comments.
TangoDiva has recently posted an in-depth interview with her, read
The Women's Mosaic
was a Community Partner at LifeMoxie's Women's Economic Power Day
2006 held at the Javits Center on September 30th. TWM's Founder, Kristina
Leonardi and Board Member Melanie McEvoy were featured speakers!
TWM IN THE MEDIA
latest installment of its signature panel discussion series, "My
Life as a Female Soldier in Iraq" held on Tuesday, March 11,
2008, was covered by Womens eNews on March 19, 2008. Click
here to read the article and visit our Past Events
page for a full description and additional photos of the event!
x Peace Features TWM Founder's Voice
The Peace X Peace Global Network connects individuals and Circles of women
everywhere in the world, through the Internet, for spirited conversation and
mutual support. Voice X Voice is a growing online audio archive
of interviews with inspiring women and peacebuilders around the world. And
if there is one thing we have learned so far, it is that every voice is valuable.
Listen to Kristina's and other inspiring women's voices:
On October 2, 2006 The Women's Mosaic was featured on Greenstone
Media, the all-female owned radio network started by Gloria
Steinem and Jane Fonda, when Kristina Leonardi
was interviewed on The Rolanda Watts Show.
The Women's Mosaic was mentioned in the March 11-14 2005 version of NY's
Metro paper (page 8), when an editorial about International
Women's Day by TWM's founder Kristina Leonardi was published in the My View
The Women's Mosaic founder Kristina Leonardi was listed
in the June issue of Hispanic Magazine as one
of their "Top Latinas" for 2004. One of our panelists
from our "Politics Schmolitics" event, Carmen Gomez Goldberg,
was not only listed, but was featured in the article as a Latina of Excellence
"Unleash the Woman Warrior in You" workshop
held on January 29, 2004 was covered by CNN correspondent
Jeanne Moos and was featured nationally on one of CNN's "Making the
MOOSt of it" segments on Friday, February 6th. (moved from highlights
"My Life as a Muslim Women" event held on January
27, 2003 was featured as a Critics' Pick in Time Out New York
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author and personality, Terrie M. Williams moderated our "My
Life as a Black Women" panel discussion that took place
at Amy Ruth's Restaurant in Harlem on February 18, 2006.
the Woman Warrior in You" workshop held on
January 29th was covered by CNN correspondent Jeanne Moos
and was featured nationally on one of CNN's "Making
the MOOSt of it" segments on Friday, February 6th!
Sandy Endo, political reporter for NY1 News,
was the guest moderator for our "Politics Schmolitics!" panel discussion sponsored by Lifetime
Television and McEvoy & Associates, to held on Tuesday, March 30th at Here
Mosaic had a team participating in the Revlon Run/Walk for
Women's Cancers on Saturday, May 1, 2004 in New York City.
Saying What About TWM...
"The Secretary-General has asked me to thank you
for having sent to him the most recent issue of INSPIRER.
importance which he attaches to efforts undertaken by inter-
governmental and non-governmental organizations alike,
as well as by individuals, to promote inter- cultural understanding.
He has read with interest, therefore, the account of the
recent activities of the Women's Mosaic in this field." -
Special Assistant to Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the
"....so happy to have a report on your work - it is
such important work - you are inspiring and result-producing." -
Helen Gurley Brown, founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine
"TWM brings women together to connect in deep and
profound ways -- offering transformative experiences that
empower the soul. Opportunities like these allow the healing
process to begin from a place which recognizes that we are
all universal beings." - Terrie M. Williams,
Inspirational author, The Personal Touch and the
forthcoming Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not
When I founded TWM in January 2001 with the tagline Recognizing Our Unity; Celebrating Our Diversity, it was with the intention of bringing together women who might not normally interact with one another, putting a human face and personal stories to the various differences among us so that we can learn from and be inspired by one another.
We did this on many occasions over food, because what better way than that to connect! One such event was in February 2006, called My Life as a Black Woman at Amy Ruth's Restaurant up in Harlem. Click here for a brief description and Click here to read a full article it as it was our cover story in the second edition of INSPIRER
As we reflect in 2013, we acknowledge that as a nation in some ways we have come very far in terms of equal rights for all, but at the same time, especially with everything that has happened over this past Spring and Summer, realize that there is still much work to be done.
During this week's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Women's Equality Day, we are reminded of all those who came before us, who ceaselessly fought and sacrificed so much to get us to where we are today. TWM has been proud to contribute to the continuing legacy of this work in our own small but significant ways with programs like the one at Amy Ruth's and our screening of Iron Jawed Angels noted in the article below.
We hope to evolve and expand our work connecting women and men to themselves, each other and the world around them by generating awareness of various social justice and global issues as we move through the next decade of our existence. Stay tuned for more updates about this transition as they transpire...
In the meantime, be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be in the loop with all things TWM, and become a member to support our continued journey. As always THANK YOU to those who have already been with us so far - we wouldn't be here without you!
In unity and with gratitude,
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Kristina M. Leonardi
Founder and Executive Director "Recognizing Our Unity; Celebrating
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