Note: If you are buying a Women Lit membership for yourself or someone else, just write "I am buying a membership at the __ level" (and, if it's for a friend, give their name) in the "Comment, In Memory, Tribute" box at the bottom after you hit Donate. Women Lit will email you with details about your/your friend's new membership--we're thrilled to have you as part of the family! And if you're just making an outright donation to support Women Lit, thank you for making us stronger and more able to bring you the best, more meaningful events and programming!
“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”
Fifty years after poet Muriel Rukeyser asked and answered this question, women’s stories are splitting the world open like never before. Women Lit brings these stories right to you, all year round, in a way that's up-close, personal, and life-changing.
If you haven’t yet discovered Women Lit, we think you’re in for a treat. Women Lit is a program of the Bay Area Book Festival that presents public and private events year-round, featuring important female authors in beautiful venues throughout the Bay Area.
OUR EVENTS ARE MAGIC.
Our big, ticketed events are open to the public, and frankly, they’re magic. Gloria Steinem got two standing ovations. Terry Tempest Williams had us in tears: in a good way. Rebecca Traister had us roaring with rage and sisterhood; we heard this firebrand feminist journalist just days after the Kavanaugh hearing. Each of these events sold out, and our Women Lit members, as always, received advance access to tickets, and/or discounts and complimentary tickets, depending on the level of membership.
But then there's another aspect of the memberships, where another kind of magic can happen: experiences that take that revelatory feeling of being an audience member, and unforgettably personalize it. Women Lit memberships offer special receptions and private salons with authors and fellow book-lovers in your community, making your experience even more meaningful. The mission of Women Lit is to raise women’s voices, and we don’t mean only authors’ voices. We mean ALL our voices, in conversation.
This integral part of our mission is what our members find so special, and so life-changing: we have a vocation to foster a unique, dynamic literary community that brings Bay Area women together.
Interested? Read on!
OUR PASSION: TO BRING YOU MORE.
We launched Women Lit in the midst of a challenging climate for women's rights and safety.
We did it because we wanted to give the community we love—a community of strong, passionate, book-loving women— more hope. More inspiration. More truth.
“There are moments of revelation that make you get off your ass and into the revolution.”
-Gloria Steinem, in conversation with Women Lit, 2019, at the Castro Theatre
Gloria Steinem not only brought down the house with this declaration, but articulated exactly what Women Lit will bring you in 2020: a million little moments of revelation whose accumulated impact will rock the world.
Here’s a sneak peak of what Women Lit has in store for you just in the first two months of 2020: cathartic, hilarious, transformative evenings with feminist actress and writer Amber Tamblyn and trailblazing novelist Jenny Offill, at beautiful Bay Area venues.
And we have so many more high-profile authors slated to join us that we’ll be revealing as the year kicks off. Get ready for about three times as many events as we did last year— and that was a banner year!
When it comes to Moments of Revelation, Women Lit members have the market cornered! Being a member brings you so many opportunities to get inspired, to engage in meaningful dialogue, to explore your creativity and your passion with others who share it.
Depending on which membership level you choose, you can get discounted or complimentary tickets to Women Lit events. Higher levels get access to intimate receptions where you can meet and dialogue with prominent women authors face-to-face, as well as your fellow Women Lit members (who happen to be fantastic!). You'll share food, drink, and your voices and stories in various locales, including one-of-a-kind settings like The Pines (a Queen Anne mansion in Sausalito); and The Battery, San Francisco’s elite club (normally accessible only to their members) just blocks from the legendary City Lights bookstore.
WE NEED YOUR PASSION.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
To keep women's stories at the forefront of the conversations that change people's worlds, we need YOU. We need you to join us in making 2020 the ultimate, world-splitting Year of the Woman.
* Become a Women Lit member! You can purchase a membership by donating to this GoFundMe fundraiser, at one of the levels specified below (Just write “I am purchasing a membership at the __level” in the Comment box after you hit Donate). Check out the special benefits for each member level at the bottom of this page! You’ll also receive an introduction letter with receipt and codes you can use immediately to claim benefits for upcoming events.
*Purchase a Women Lit membership for a woman—or several—in your life by donating to this fundraiser at one of the levels specified below. (Just write "I am purchasing a membership for __ at the __level” in the Comment box after you hit Donate, and give us the intended recipient's email address, name, and physical address so we can welcome them and send them their Kit and codes). It's the ultimate year-round gift for the book lovers in your life. We’ll send your lucky recipients a Welcome Kit including the frameable letterpress quotation and an introduction letter, along with a personal note from Women Lit staff naming YOU as the giver of their membership. We’ll also send you a receipt for your records—because a Women Lit gift is tax-deductible!
*Make a general tax-deductible donation in ANY AMOUNT to our Women Lit GoFundMe fundraiser before the end of the year. Why are we asking you to consider making an unrestricted donation, on top of becoming a member? Well, although we bring you big names, we’re a small nonprofit, and memberships cover only a small portion of the amazing experiences we hope to make possible. Right now, we’re in conversation with incredible female authors we’d like to bring to you in 2020, and we need more financial resources to make it all happen. Through this campaign, YOU can help us do it! Your unrestricted donation will strengthen our capacity to bring you the authors you love and to keep Women Lit strong, thriving, and giving back, to the general public and to our members.
WOMEN LIT MEMBERSHIP LEVELS & BENEFITS
$50 (VOICE): Early access to purchase the most in-demand Women Lit tickets, priority seating at events, and a General Admission wristband to the Bay Area Book Festival's two-day extravaganza on May 2-3, 2020.
$100 (ESTEEM): Everything at the $50 level, PLUS discounts on Women Lit event tickets and two General Admission wristbands.
$500 (INTEGRITY): Everything at the $100 level, PLUS: a complimentary ticket to every Women Lit event; an invitation to private pre-event receptions with featured authors; an invite to our luxe Bay Area Book Festival Authors Gala for mingling with world-class authors and Bay Area literati; an invitation to the Women Lit salon at the Book Festival; and six priority tickets (granting you priority seating) for all Bay Area Book Festival's events in May.
$1000 (FEARLESSNESS): Everything at the $500 level, PLUS: TWO complimentary tickets to every Women Lit event; an invitation to a private literary salon at an elegant home in the Bay Area; two invites to the Gala; and eight priority tickets for the Bay Area Book Festival's events in May.
$2500 (EMPOWERMENT): Everything at the $1000 level; PLUS: THREE invites to the Gala; two invites to an intimate literary salon at a private home; two invites to all pre-event receptions; two invites to the Women Lit salon at the annual Festival; and one Festival Ultimate Pass giving VIP access to ALL programming at the two-day festival in May.
$5,000 (GENEROSITY): Everything at the $2,500 level, PLUS: THREE complimentary tickets to every Women Lit event; four invites to the Gala; invites for three to all pre-event receptions; four invites to the Women Lit salon; and two Festival Ultimate passes.
$10,000 (LEADERSHIP): Everything at the $5,000 level, PLUS: FOUR complimentary tickets to every Women Lit event; invites for four to all pre-event receptions; eight invites to the Gala and the Women Lit salon at the Festival; four Festival Ultimate passes; and YOUR NAME on a Festival panel or session as an official sponsor.
$25,000 (WISDOM): Everything at the $10,000 level, PLUS: GREEN ROOM ACCESS to world-class authors at the Festival; and a 1/2-page printed ad for your business or venture in our San Francisco Chronicle Program Guide.
Contribute today, and help us bring you unforgettable Moments of Revelation with the most exciting female and female-identified writers shaping the ways we create, learn, and make sense of the world.