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A Time You Stood Up

  • The Wing Georgetown 1056 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)

Please join us on Thursday, April 11, 7pm-9pm at The Wing, Georgetown to support Jane’s Due Process.

Readings by Monica Burton, Asha Carter, Soraya Chemaly. Celeste Doaks & Karin Tanabe

The Freya Project is a Wing member-founded non-profit organization that hosts a series of monthly fundraisers and donates the money to small organizations located in communities where they are not widely embraced for the vital work they perform. This month is about supporting Jane's Due Process, a non-profit with a mission to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. Come and learn about their efforts and stay for readings from five women who will be sharing personal essays about a time they stood up.


Jane’s Due Process is one of the few organizations in the country dedicated to pregnant teens, and is considered a pioneer in delivering legal services to this group. The core of the JDP program is its statewide, toll-free legal hotline and lawyer referral service.

Learn more & Support Jane’s Due Process >


Meet Our Readers

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Monica Burton is the associate restaurant editor at food and culture website Eater. There, she covers restaurants across the country and writes the column "Doing It Right, which focuses on hospitality industry professionals working to change their communities for the better. Previously, she worked in media strategy at Time Inc., where she helped launch breakfast-focused site Extra Crispy. Her work has also appeared on the websites for New York Magazine, Men's Health, and Litro, among others. Since 2017, she has been a mentor with Girls Write Now, a nonprofit that pairs girls from New York City public high schools with women writers.

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Asha Carter is a social justice educator, community organizer, and food justice advocate. Asha is the creator of the Community Advocates Program at DC Greens, which builds the power of people most impacted by food insecurity to affect food policy at the city level. In her role as Food Justice Strategist, Asha directs DC Greens' efforts to integrate racial equity and food justice into DC Greens programs and operations.

Prior to her current work, Asha served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in DC and supported youth-led campaigns for environmental justice in Boston. Asha is an alumna of Wellesley College, where she earned her B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies with a concentration in Urban Development and Sustainability.

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Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, UK, 2015). Most recently, she is the editor of the poetry anthology Not Without Our Laughter (Mason Jar Press, 2017). Her newest poems appear in Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America Anthology (New York Quarterly, 2018). She is University of Delaware’s Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing for 2017-2019, and the recipient of a 2017 Rubys Literary Arts Grant Award. For more visit or check out the podcast she co-hosts called Lit!Pop!Bang! on ITunes.

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Karin Tanabe is the author of four novels—The Diplomat’s Daughter, The Gilded Years, The Price of Inheritance and The List (Simon & Schuster). Her fifth book, A Hundred Suns, a psychological thriller set in 1930s Indochine, will be published by St. Martin's Press in early 2020. Tanabe's third book, The Gilded Years, will soon be adapted as a major motion picture entitled A White Lie. Zendaya will star and produce alongside Reese Witherspoon, who optioned the book. Sony/TriStar secured worldwide distribution rights to A White Lie in a competitive seven studio bidding war. A former Politico reporter, Tanabe still works as a journalist and contributes to The Washington Post and other national newspapers. She is a graduate of Vassar College and lives in Washington D.C.

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. Her first book,Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger was named a Best Book of 2018 selection by NPR, The Washington Post, Book Riot and Psychology Today. A prolific writer and speaker, her articles have appeared in Time, Verge, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic. In 2017, she was the co-recipient of the Newhouse Mirror Award for Best Single Feature of 2016 for an in-depth investigative report on free speech and the internet, and a Wikipedia Distinguished Service Award, for exemplary contributions to the advancement of public knowledge. She is also the Director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women's freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. She currently serves on the national boards of the Women's Media Center and Women, Action and the Media, as well as on the advisory councils of the Center for Democracy and Technology, VIDA, and Common Sense Media.


100% of your ticket prices will support Jane’s Due Process.

Support the essential voices of female writers and this incredible organization all at once.


The Wing is a network of work and community spaces designed for women of all definitions. Our mission is the professional civic, social and economic advancement of women through community. We believe that the act of coming together in furtherance of The Wing’s  mission creates new opportunities, ideas and conversations that will lead to greater mobility and prosperity for womankind.

Earlier Event: March 28
A Time You Changed Course
Later Event: May 14
A Time You Made Your Point