"Having It All"


A circle discussion in conversation with Amy Westervelt, award-winning author of Forget “Having It All”: How America Messed Up Motherhood —and How to Fix It, Leslie Casimir, freelance journalist specializing in inequality & black motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, San Francisco & Parents magazines, Vanessa Hua, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle & the author of A River of Stars, & Deceit and Other Possibilities.

Moderated by Flora Tsapovsky, a style, food, travel & culture writer splitting her time between San Francisco & Tel Aviv. 

FEBRUARY 21, 2019


Clove + Whole

683 26th Street, Oakland, CA


Libations courtesy of Halcyon Wines, nibbles from Hil’s Cooking,
& gathering space provided by Clove + Whole

Space is Limited.

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You do not have to be a mother or planning for motherhood to attend. 

This discussion is a look at the history of American ideas about motherhood, how those ideas have impacted all women, and how to fix the inequality that exists as a result.   

More About our Collaborators

Amy Westervelt is a journalist and the founder of Critical Frequency, a podcast network started in March 2018. Her book Forget "Having It All"—How America Messed Up Motherhood and How to Fix It is a historical and intersectional look at how American ideas about motherhood were formed and how they've shaped the lives of women, whether they have kids or not. The book was published November 2018 and has been featured on Marketplace, The Brian Lehrer Show, PBS Newshour, The Guardian, and more. Amy also reported, hosted and produced the podcast Drilled last year, a true-crime podcast about climate change that's featured as a "bingeable listen" in Apple Podcasts. Her network also produces and distributes ten other shows on a variety of topics, all hosted by women. In 2015 Amy was awarded a Rachel Carson award for her role in starting the climate reporting group Climate Confidential, which syndicated climate change stories to multiple national outlets; in 2016 she won a Murrow Award for her radio series on the impacts of the Tesla gigafactory; and in 2018 she was the Journalism and Women Symposium entrepreneurial fellow.

Leslie Casimir is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, San Francisco and Parents magazines. From 1993 to 2008 she worked as a staff reporter for several daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News and the Houston Chronicle. During those years, she focused on immigration and urban affairs, covering a vast array of stories documenting the legal, social and racial problems faced by newcomers, as well as how they were affected by upheavals in their home countries. A child of Haitian immigrants, she honed in on the Haitian diaspora in the U.S., by providing coverage of this community that went beyond depictions of this population as poor refugees.

Casimir has won a number of awards for her work, including first place for spot/general news from the New York Association of Black Journalists in 2005, first place for depth reporting from the New York State Associated Press Association in 2000 and the Deadline Club’s Best Series Award in Investigative Reporting in 2000. In 2006, she was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She is mom to Sophie, 9, and Dominique, 7. 

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a novel, A River of Stars, and a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities.  For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.  The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she works and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grott.

Flora Tsapovsky is a style, food, travel and culture writer splitting her time between San Francisco and Tel Aviv. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Afar, Bon Appetit and more. She is the founder of Bicoastalista.com, a women's website dedicated to bi-coastal living, travel and style from a wide cultural lens. She teaches courses on Social Media and Journalism at the Academy of Art University and hosts creative writing workshops in the Bay Area. She is a mom to an incredibly opinionated 18 months old girl.  

*Our goal is to curate accessible events. We have to charge in order to cover costs, but if you’re currently facing hardship and would like to attend, please contact us at hello@bright-side.co and we’ll see what we can do.