Happy Sunday! We have exciting updates!! First, WE LOVE OUR BACKERS!!! Now for the good news…

    1. Through the generosity of our backers we officially met our matching gift offer within only 4 days of announcing it!
    2. With 3 days left in the campaign, we’ve exceeded our funding goal!
    3. We have a limited new perk offer! We now have 10 signed copies of Leni Zumas’s just released novel RED CLOCKS which imagines life for American women after the passage of a federal personhood law. Our documentary sheds light on the dangerous trend of laws already in place that rob women of their constitutional rights and pave the way to this frightening future.

So why are we still working to raise funds if we met our goal?

Now that we know we can finish the film, we’re turning our attention to our outreach plan. We’ve already had over a dozen requests to screen the film and we can’t wait to bring it to communities around the country. The Outreach & Education Stretch Goal we introduced will help us do that. It will also allow us to create a 45 minute educational version  to screen in classrooms.

This is a great reason to ask a friend to make a pledge of support to PERSONHOOD!

Check out this review of RED CLOCKS from the Washington Post:


Twice As Nice! Matching Gift for Giving Tuesday

Our final stretch kicks off today with #GivingTuesday. The outpouring of support for this film has been wonderful, overwhelming, gratifying, and humbling. Quite a mix of feelings after working so hard to bring this film to the big screen. Thank you for helping us get this far.

During our final 8 days of the campaign, a very generous donor has offered a matching gift up to $5000! This means we have a chance to meet – and surpass – our goal. Every pledge of $25 and over will be MATCHED and have double the impact!

Our crew of backers is now 199 strong. This means that if everyone who’s already backed the project pledged an additional $25 or got a friend to pledge $25 we would meet our goal! Will you consider making another pledge to bring us over the finish line? Be our 200th pledge and receive a complimentary pass to our Reproductive Justice Summit featuring Dr. Willie Parker, Cherisse Scott, CEO & Founder of SisterReach, and Lynn Paltrow, founder of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

Have a great day and a wonderful week!

Jo & Rosalie

PERSONHOOD Doc Featured in Women and Hollywood Article

Our super exciting news this week:  Our film is one of five crowdfunding projects featured in a Women and Hollywood article about films that offer unique perspectives on standing up for truth. We are thrilled our project was chosen for the piece! Here’s some of what they had to say about PERSONHOOD Doc:

“Personhood” examines what happens when women’s truths and needs are ignored…In these politically charged times “Personhood” shows that a “Handmaid’s Tale”-esque society isn’t as far in the dystopian future as one would like to think.”

You can read the full article written by Beandrea July by clicking on the image below:

We only have 16 days to go! Our campaign is an all or nothing campaign, like Kickstarter. This means we won’t receive any funds unless we reach $43,000 by our deadline. If you haven’t become a PERSONHOOD Backer yet, we’re asking you to join us! Stand with us as we bring this important issue into the mainstream. We hope you’ll help spread the word about our PERSONHOOD crowdfunder. This is the key to crowdfunding success and our ticket to the big screen!




The Conversations Have Started!

We are 10 days into the campaign and can’t believe the outpouring of support you’ve shown for this film! Lots of exciting things have happened since our launch. Our favorite thing so far? the conversations that have started on social media. We’ve seen a lot of angry emojis this week! Here are a few other highlights:

– Our trailer has gotten nearly 12K views in our first week of posting

– You’re sharing is working – we’ve gained new followers across all our social networks and in the past 24 hours we’ve gotten thousands of impressions on Twitter

– There’s been international interest in our story! We’ve talked with people from Canada, Australia, El Salvador, Ireland, and Venezuela so far.

All of this was made possible because of  YOUR support. Through the generosity of 106 backers, we’re already 30% funded. But we still have a ways to go until we meet our goal. We want to be at 50% by the end of this week! Please continue to spread the word far and wide. Even liking and sharing our posts is very helpful in building our audience. Thank you for your donations, thank you for sharing and thank you for working to make this film happen!

Here a picture from our pitch video shoot. It was a big line flub!



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Calendar Preview!

Here are a few previews of our 2018 United Women Firefighters calendar! It’s a pro-feminist, pro-diversity, inspirational calendar that even has a few workouts inside! It is full of photos of women firefighters, women firefighter candidates and facts about the United Women Firefighters and much more! Great gift for the holidays or for a special person in your life!

The calendars are available in various rewards packages for pledges $50 and up! Please let others who haven’t contributed yet about this awesome and unique reward! Please give it a share…we only have a few days left for our campaign to be a success! Let’s do this!


Lunch with Steve Buscemi

In 1980, Steve Buscemi became a NYC firefighter. He only worked for four years before he committed to a career of full time acting. Steve has graciously donated a lunch with him for anyone who can donate $2,500, which would effectively close the fundraising gap for us and help us reach our goal of $15,000!

The lunch will be held on 11/29/17 at the firehouse at Friends of Firefighters. Up to 4 lunch goers may attend.

Please watch and share the fundraising video we made with Steve! Help us spread the word for this amazing one of a kind reward!

Steve Buscemi supports women firefighters by asking you to pledge to our campaign now! From now until Friday…

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Push-up video!

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Hey all!

We are so close to our goal…only $4k more to go! We couldn’t do it without you so THANK YOU once again!

We are starting to make our pushup videos, which is available at the “Friend” level. The first one goes to Jordan Longever who recruited her entire family and then some to support our campaign! Thanks to the Longever and Salman family. We will have more videos to come, so stay tuned!

Do you know anyone else who would love to have one of these videos? Or maybe one of our other amazing rewards? Don’t forget to share our campaign over social media and your networks until Halloween so we can make our goal! Only $4k left…we can do this!

Thank you, milestones and help give a share!

Thank you to all of you who have contributed thus far to the campaign! We are heading towards the $10k mark, which is incredible, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

Thank you to those of you who participated in Brenda’s birthday challenge! We raised over $1k through that challenge yesterday alone and many more thousands through the supporters who pledged leading up to the big day! Thank you!

Here is a collage that we put together to celebrate the milestone of Brenda’s birthday and to celebrate our new graduates this week! 41 women entered fire academy in 1982…and 41 women have been hired since the FDNY hiring cycle started in 2013! The stars have really aligned for us with the number 41…right on the heels of our 35th anniversary and also around Brenda’s birthday! And on Brenda’s 66th birthday, we have 67 women firefighters serving New York City!

Thank you again for the support…it really makes a difference. Let’s keep going with this momentum! Weekends are usually slumps for our fundraising efforts for some reason. But we think there’s something that can be done to help that. Can every person on this list share our campaign link over your social media, email contacts, chat groups, over text and/or any other ways this weekend? If you can help us do so, hopefully we can keep going and we can make our goal by Halloween! It’s really easy too…just go to any of our social media channels and hit share or retweet on any of a number of our posts about the campaign. Thanks so much! It’s an honor to see that there are over 150 people out there supporting and actively involved in our efforts!

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