iOS app Android app

Marcia G. Yerman
Marcia G. Yerman is based in New York City. Her writings – profiles, interviews, essays, and articles – focus on women’s issues, human rights, the environment, and the arts can be found at

She is a contributing writer for the health site EmpowHER.

She has been published by AlterNet, RH Reality Check, Women Make News, Women News Network and The Raw Story.

She writes for Moms Clean Air Force, a site bringing visibility to the issue of clean air and environmental concerns.

Yerman promotes the view that if women's frame of reference is not reflected in the arts (film, theater, visual arts, literature), then their true identities and visions will be defined by male-driven popular culture.

Yerman was co-founder of cultureID, a platform dedicated to a nexus of culture and activism.

She has worked with both non-profit organizations and the business sector. She was a consultant on women and culture at The Women's Media Center, and handled public relations and outreach for The Feminist Art Project. Yerman was host and producer of Women In Art, a cable television program about women in the art world.

Yerman's background includes her role as both a curator of exhibtions reflecting diversity, and as an artist.

Entries by Marcia G. Yerman

The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:38 AM

For those existing in the cultural space, art and life are intrinsically entwined. Director Madeleine Sackler brings that home in her film Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, recently featured as part of the HBO Documentaries series. Sackler takes us to the Eastern European...

Read Post

The Military Battles Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:38 AM

While Republicans are mobilizing to push back against President Obama's carbon initiatives, those in military sector are sounding the alarm about climate change--and the slew of issues that it has the potential to precipitate.

In case you missed the report issued in May by the CNA...

Read Post

Republican Mayor Jim Brainard Believes in the Science of Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:49 PM


The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) recently met in Dallas to discuss how to move their cities forward in order to meet the challenges before them. Topics included energy related issues, the impact of pollution, and climate change....

Read Post

Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958 -1971

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:22 PM

When I first walked into Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958-1971, I didn't immediately remember that the pristine space on Fifth Avenue was the site of an raucous opening I had attended decades ago for a 40th Anniversary Exhibition -- where Larry Rivers was present. Without the hecticness...

Read Post

A Conversation with Freddy Rodríguez

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Photo: Jamaal M. Levine

Every life has events of consequence. Those happenings impact and direct the future flow of consciousness. Sometimes, the ramifications remain beneath the surface. In other circumstances, the thread is easy to recognize. If you are an artist, such as...

Read Post

New York City Businesses Do the Right (Green) Thing

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:49 AM

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the challenges facing the environment. However, it's crucial to remember that we can all have an impact as individuals when our actions become collective.

Even in a town as hectic as New York City, I have come in contact with businesses that are making...

Read Post

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Artists are often dismissed as peripheral to society. Yet they continue on their way, attending to the path of their own visions. Often ahead of the curve, politically and culturally, they frequently function as commentators -- viewing society from the outside. In certain instances, they become players in historical events...

Read Post

A Mother's Day Interview with Sen. Barbara Boxer A Moms Clean Air Force Exclusive

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:21 AM


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) serves as the Majority Chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). She is the first woman to do so. It is from this vantage point that she has...

Read Post

Scott Lentine: A Millennial With Autism

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:53 AM


In October 2013, a young man named Scott Lentine reached out to me to share his poetry, which examines his life with autism. The subject line was, "Possible comments from Marcia on my poems." His writing delved into his deepest feelings expressing...

Read Post

A Conversation with Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Many artists concern themselves with the tempo and vagaries of the art world. Others are directed by a singular inner vision and follow that path wherever it leads them. Irene Hardwicke Olivieri is one of those artists.

I first saw her work in a gallery in the East Village...

Read Post

Lois Gibbs: 'The Government Wouldn't Help Me, So I Decided to Do It Myself'

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:00 PM


Today, Earth Day, the American Masters series on PBS is presenting A Fierce Green Fire, a documentary that timelines the environmental movement's past five decades. Beginning in the 1960s, the one-hour film is chock-full of backstory that contextualizes where...

Read Post

IPCC Report: Impacts, Adapation, Vulnerability

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Since the newest information from the IPCC came out last Monday, I have immersed myself in reading the details of the report. The New York Times captured the essence of the Working Group II findings with the headline: "Panel's Warning on Climate Risk: Worst is to...

Read Post

Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:19 AM

How far have women really come? Jennifer Lee's new documentary, Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970, is aiming to reopen a conversation on feminism through a reexamination of the movement's history. Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Lee traces the fight for...

Read Post

XL Pipeline: Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman Question Koch Bros

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:30 AM

As a writer on environmental issues, as well as a person concerned about the future of the planet, I am anxiously awaiting the decision on the XL pipeline. I keep questioning if the United States is ready to set an example by eliminating the extraction of fossil fuels as integral...

Read Post

The Expressive Edge of Paper

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:13 PM

With the New York weather finally thawing, gallery visits are back on the agenda big time. When I received an invitation to the Anita Shapolsky exhibit, The Expressive Edge of Paper, it struck a chord. Of the 27 artists included in the show, I had some personal connection with a...

Read Post

Safe Climate Caucus Pumps up Advocacy and Action

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:57 PM

When I first wrote about the Safe Climate Caucus, they were new on the scene.

Last year, the agenda of the Safe Climate Caucus was to have a member of the House of Representatives speak daily on the impact of climate change. Now, with new members on board,...

Read Post

A Conversation With Dudley Charles

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:30 PM


Most artists talk about their personal history with a definitive sense of knowing that they were destined to be an artist.

Not Dudley Charles.

A soft-spoken man with a melodic cadence to his voice, Charles shared with me his story of...

Read Post

'We Are Not Doing Enough to Counter Climate Deniers' -- Madeleine Albright

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 8:54 AM

It seems that despite whatever statistics are presented to show evidence of climate change, a vocal contingency continues to question the findings. It has become an ongoing source of contention and debate.

Recently, Wellesley College hosted a conversation entitled "The Politics of Climate Change." Present were former Secretary of State...

Read Post

India, Human Rights and the Bhullar Case

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:17 PM

In 2011 I wrote a story covering a demonstration to protest the impending execution of Sikh Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar in India. Bhullar's mercy petition, filed in 2003, languished for eight years until India's President rejected it in 2011. Since that time, not much has changed....

Read Post

Looking Back On 2013: Activism Helps Heal

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:14 AM

As we enter into the final month of the year, it's natural to take an inventory of 2013. As I reflected on the environmental front, the nagging image of climate deniers immediately came to mind. There are several members in the United States Congress that I find positively...

Read Post