Oprah Summons Women of Barnard
Written by Bwog Staff
the Messiah the entertainment mogul, philanthropist, and champion of women’s empowerment is looking for a Barnard student to rep their gender on Oprah’s new show, Oprah Winfrey: the Next Chapter. This is basically The Oprah Winfrey Show (which concluded last year with absurd amounts of fanfare), except instead of in-studio guests, Oprah travels far and wide. It does not seem unreasonable to speculate that the episode might bring her to Morningside.
An e-mail went out from the DSpar’s office inviting students to help Oprah and Gloria Steinem “understand what students at Barnard are thinking these days about the status and circumstances of women.” Somewhat confusingly, the missive is on behalf of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, but directs you to a submission form to be on television.
Talk-show enthusiasts are warned to read the fine print, for not only may they be summoned for a television appearance, but their stories may also be shared with Oprah’s entire network, which includes the all-star line up of Rosie O’Donnell, Nate Berkus, and Drs. Phil and Oz.
Dear Barnard Student,
The Barnard Center for Research on Women has been asked by Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem to help them understand what students at Barnard are thinking these days about the status and circumstances of women, both domestically and internationally, and your ideas about the future of feminism and women’s activism for social change. If you had the opportunity to share your perspectives and ask a question of Ms. Winfrey and Ms. Steinem, what would you say?
Please follow this link —
— to share your views. The turnaround time on this request is quite short: responses must be received no later than Monday, February 6. Please take a few minutes to share your perspective!
Be sure to read the small print at the bottom of the form carefully. Note that your personal information and responses are being collected by Harpo, not Barnard, and that your submissions will become the property of Harpo, as outlined in the terms and conditions. Also, though the small print states that you must be 21 years of age to respond, we are working to change the age requirement to 18 years of age. If you are 18 or older, please be assured that your responses will be most welcome.
Many thanks for your participation in this collaboration between BCRW, Oprah Winfrey, and Gloria Steinem!
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