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Clockwise from top-left: Jill Hopkins, Shawn Campbell, Andrea Troolin and Anne K. Ream
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Does rock and rap music have a woman problem? Or is it a woman problem?

During a moment in our national life when men in Hollywood, media, and entertainment are being newly held accountable for sexual violence and harassment, why has the music industry remained so resistant to reform?

Last month, Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream — a gender justice advocate who is also a passionate fan of rap, hip hop, and rock 'n roll — moderated a New City Chicago panel discussion about misogyny in music, the underrepresentation of women in the field, and the need for a #MeToo style reckoning. Anne and panelists Jill Hopkins, Shawn Campbell, and Andrea Troolin also discussed the inspiring ways that a new generation of female and non-conforming artists are taking the form back, creating music that challenges us to think differently about race, class, and gender.

The Voices & Faces Project | Writing Workshop Alum
A new anthology and a beautiful voice: Writing workshop alum Sharisse Tracey is a featured writer in Roxane Gay’s “Not That Bad.”
Sharisse Tracey
Sharisse Tracey, an alum of our Voices and Faces Project writing program.
Voices and Faces Project writing workshop alum Sharisse Tracey has a must-read essay that will be featured in the forthcoming anthology, Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Harper Collins, May 2018), edited by Roxane Gay. "After learning of the call for submissions, I dedicated weeks to solely focusing on that one piece which ended up being a collage of things I'd written or wanted to write about the complexities of trauma," Tracy, a graduate of The New School, explained. "Although in fairness, I've been mentally composing, 'Picture Perfect' (Sharisse's contribution to the anthology) for the past 34 years as a sexual assault survivor."

An actor and writer whose beautiful, powerful voice deeply moved us during The Voices and Faces Project's 2017 "Stories We Tell" writing workshop at Aperture Gallery in NYC, Sharisse notes that our "Stories We Tell" writing program also moved and changed her. "My writing workshop experience with The Voices and Faces Project was life altering," says Sharisse. "So much so that I feel I need more time to process as to accurately express my feelings. This project has, is and will continue to affect change in everyone it touches." Find out more about Sharisse here. And make sure to check out Roxanne Gay's vital new essay collection when it comes out later this month.
The Voices & Faces Project | Benefit CD
Music that makes change: Donate $50 or more to The Voices and Faces Project and get our award-winning benefit CD.
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Neko Case is featured on our benefit CD, The Voices and Faces Project, Volume One.
Through May 30, 2018, make a donation of $50 or more to The Voices and Faces Project and you'll get "The Voices and Faces Project, Volume One," a critically-acclaimed benefit CD that features tracks from the New Pornographers, Kelly Hogan, Neko Case, Michelle Shocked, and 12 other bands and artists who are partnering with us in the fight to end sexual violence. Hear the Public Radio piece on our critically praised album. Stock is limited; reply earlier to guarantee availability.

World Without Exploitation | Survivor Story Archive
Sharing their stories to change the story:
Discover the World Without Exploitation Survivor Story Archive.
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Rachel Thomas is a graduate of The Voices and Faces Project's "Stories We Tell" testimonial writing workshop. Read her story. Photo: Lynn Savarese
A unique collaboration between survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, writers from our Voices and Faces Project "Stories We Tell" testimonial writing program, and New Abolitionists, the World Without Exploitation Survivor Story Archive introduces readers to a powerful, purposeful community of survivor-leaders who are sharing their testimonies in order to challenge damaging stereotypes about who is bought, sold, and trafficked in America. Visit the WorldWE Archive and you'll see why we are so moved and inspired by the women and men at the heart of this unique storytelling project.

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