New Year’s Post: “20 & Funny” and Grantee Updates

Teresa C. Younger illustration, Liza Donnelly
by Liza Donnelly (

Happy New Year!

This month at Ms. has started off with a bang. From our grantees submitting amicus briefs to the Supreme Court to our 20th Comedy Night Fundraiser at Carolines, we have hit the ground running in 2016.

On January 19th over 300 supporters, board members, grantees and comedians helped us laugh a little closer to the revolution and even closer to freedom at our 20 and Funny: 20th Comedy Night at Carolines.

Our Founding Mother Gloria Steinem said it best: “Laughter is a symbol of freedom. Laughter is free….” So she and former Ms. Foundation board member Caroline Hirsch started an annual comedy night for raise funds for our grantees. 

Our Comedy Night at Carolines has featured some of America’s most talented comedians and this year was no exception.  From musical performances by our incredible host, comedian, actor and musician Lea DeLaria to Lizz Winstead’s political commentary, this year’s event was definitely one to remember.

If you missed the evening you can view video of my remarks below:

We would like to say a special thank you to Caroline Hirsch for hosting and supporting this event since 1989, and to our fierce-feminist comedians, including award-winning writer and producer Judy Gold, along with Sara Armour, Aparna Nancherla, Yamaneika Saunders and Liza Treyger for donating their time and talent.

Here is some of the press coverage from the evening:

Unfortunately this month hasn’t been a laughing matter; around the country our grantees have been hard at work and we have continued to ensure their voices are being elevated to the national level. Grantees like the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, who submitted an amicus brief to our country’s highest court last week to contest restrictions on abortion access, and grantees like The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, who organized a walk in Atlanta urging President Obama to stop raids on immigrant families, have continued their tireless work for equality. To stay up-dated on the work of the Ms. Foundation and our grantees check out the Ms. Foundation press, statements and blog here.

As we close out our first month of 2016 we know that work that needs to be done has already begun but that there is so much more work to do.  As always, thank you for continued support of the Ms. Foundation and our grantees. Because of that support we look forward to continuing the fight for justice and equality for all women and their communities.