Venus Jones Performs with Tyne Daly on the Ms. Magazine Cruise

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Poet and Author, Venus Jones shares stage with Tyne Daly on the 3rd Annual Ms. Magazine Cruise through Central America.

Multitalented poet and author Venus Jones was a featured speaker on the Ms. Magazine 3rd Annual Cruise in February. Jones performed selections from her book "She Rose, on a Journey from Girl to Goddess" and shared the stage with six-time Emmy-award winning actor Tyne Daly to recite the poem "Feminism" by Denise Duhamel during the cruise's "Cultural Night."

Jones said, "Tyne Daly was a joy to work with! She truly loves people and I believe most of all poetry"

Daly said, "I really appreciate good poets and Venus Jones is a good poet."

Other speakers on the cruise included Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW); Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation; Ms. Magazine Executive Editor Katherine Spillar; Kathy Bonk, Co-Founder of the Communications Consortium Media Center; Ms. Magazine Money Editor Martha Burk, and long-time labor leader Dolores Huerta. Over one hundred feminist leaders and activists attended this conference.

Smeal said the objective of the trip is to "spread women's rights every place we can go and improve living conditions for women." While at sea, seminars covered topics such as the gender gap, elections, the press, and reproductive health. Other activities were planned in the various ports of call, including a Key West panel discussion with political strategist Celinda Lake and a tour of a women's health clinic and YWCA in Belize City. Stops were also made in Guatemala and Mexico.

In Belize, Jones met with Joan Burke, Executive Director of the Belize Family Life Association. "I was so moved hearing about the Belizean women's desires for mentors, choices, and opportunity," said Jones, "that I felt compelled to donate my poetry books to their organization in an effort to encourage inner strength and personal growth."

About Venus Jones:

Venus Jones is truly versatile. As an author, speaker, and host, she's been described as inspirational, thought-provoking, funny, and revolutionary. This former MTV correspondent and accomplished model and actress has a voice and image that has appeared in over 100 commercials and two Blockbuster movies. As a writer and performer, she shared the stage with Grammy nominated poet Nikki Giovanni, opened for Def Poetry on Broadway, and has been a slam finalist at Austin International Poetry Festival. Her best selling book "She Rose" was written to celebrate and uplift women everywhere. More info is available at http://www.venusjones.com

About Ms. Magazine:

Ms. was the first U.S. magazine to feature prominent American women demanding the repeal of laws that criminalized abortion, first to explain and advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), first to rate presidential candidates on women's issues, first to put domestic violence and sexual harassment on the cover of a women's magazine, first to feature feminist protest of pornography, first to commission and feature a national study on date rape, and first to blow the whistle on the undue influence of advertising on magazine journalism. The modern Ms. boasts the most extensive coverage of international women's issues of any magazine available in the United States. More info is available at http://www.msmagazine.com

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