Jacqueline Buckingham is a philanthropic entrepreneur, feminist filmmaker, and passionate activist for women.
Her mission is eliminate the stigma from female sexuality to improve women’s health, gender equality, and the economic empowerment of women.
Her work and vision for a better world involves amplifying leading medical expertise, producing media that matters, and embracing the word pussy.
Ms. Buckingham studied Art History and Business at Emory University, earned a B.A. with High Honors from the University of Toronto, completed post-graduate coursework in neuroscience and lifestyle medicine at Harvard, and is certified in Compassion Cultivation at Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.
PUBLIC SPEAKING : FEMALE SEXUALITY + THE GLOBAL BALANCE OF POWER
Nominated for the TED MainStage for her activism in the field of women’s health and thought leadership connecting female sexuality to our global imbalance of power, Jacqueline's speaks about shifting antiquated cultural beliefs to improve modern medicine for women.
NON-PROFIT WORK: MEDIA THAT MATTERS + WOMEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH
She is the founder of The W.I.S.H. Foundation, an organization with a mission of stamping out stigmas through media that matters. Providing cost-free access to intelligent information so women can make educated choices about their sexual health, the foundation funds Cliterology, the preeminent podcast delivering intelligent information about Women’s Sexual Health from leading experts in the field.
PODCAST: AMPLIFYING MEDICAL EXPERTISE
As the host and executive producer of Cliterology, Ms. Buckingham’s goal is to prioritize women’s health through awareness and amplification. Every week, Jacqueline interviews a leading expert in the field of Women’s Sexual Health to bring their knowledge to women. Her world-renowned guests include the founding editor of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Dr. Irving Goldstein, our nation’s Chief Cliterologist, Dr. Rachel Rubin, founder of Her MD, Dr. Somi Javiad, CEO of Forty Million Beats, Dr. Jayne Morgan, Founder and Chairman of Congress on Aesthetic Vulvovaginal Surgery, Dr. Red Alinsod, President of ISSWSH, Sue Goldstein, New York Times best-selling author, Regena Thomashauer, and stars of Botched, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif.
MOTHERHOOD: RAISING GLOBAL CITIZENS
A mother committed to raising her children with a global citizen mindset, Jacqueline wrote and produced a pro-bono documentary film for AMPATH’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program in Kenya with her son and studied Vajrayana Buddhism as part of a 4-year travel program she designed and embarked upon with him. A decade later, she wrote and taught a year-long global school curriculum throughout Australasia for her daughter measuring quality of life for women around the world.
FILMMAKING: ENTERTAINMENT AS ACTIVISM
Compelled by the gender inequality she and her daughter witnessed globally, specifically around shaming female bodies and biology, Jacqueline wrote, directed, produced, and starred in The Box with Jacqueline, an award-winning series comprised of 11 short films that debuted on Amazon. Her recently completed documentary short exploring language and the intersection with sexism and censorship is being released on International Women’s Day in 2024.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: PHILANTHROPIC PRODUCTS + REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
A Texan described as having “never played by anyone else’s rules” by W Magazine, Ms. Buckingham founded Huge Pussy, an activist brand that empowers women and funds non-profit organizations that serve women. Through licensing and brand partnerships, Huge Pussy is a catalyst for collaborative giving toward greater gender equality. With everyday products that normalize female sexuality and neutralize negative connotations, Huge Pussy is changing the association of the female body from shame to celebration. The activist brand donates proceeds to an increasing number of non-profits including The Pink Fund, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood.
INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP: ART + CULTURE
Jacqueline spent over twenty years as a philanthropic cultural leader in global cities as first lady to several of North America’s leading cultural institutions such as The Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada, The Dallas Museum of Art, in Dallas, Texas, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She raised millions of dollars for arts institutions and played pivotal roles as chair and spokeswoman for dozens of events throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including serving as International Chairwoman for the Venice Biennale on behalf of the United States.
HEALTHCARE BACKGROUND: ART + MEDICINE
The founder of Photos for Health, Ms. Buckingham merged art with healing through her innovative approach to art in hospitals. The first user-generated photography collections for palliative care, Photos for Health earned national recognition for the research-based art programs installed in over 2 million square feet of healthcare space resulting in curated permanent collections at The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, The Riley Hospital for Children, Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Health headquarters, and Indiana University School of Medicine.
WELLNESS INITIATIVES: EASTERN WISDOM MEETS WESTERN WELLNESS
She studied meditation with Deepak Chopra, which led to becoming a 500-hour yoga instructor and Co-Founding The Wellness Center in Dallas Texas to offer daily, weekly, and monthly opportunities to improve one’s mental and physical health. A joint venture with the Crow Collection of Asian Art to blend Eastern wisdom with Western science, Ms. Buckingham led classes in yoga, meditation, and mindset training with medical and wellness leaders.
STYLE PARTNERSHIPS: FASHION WITH PURPOSE
Touted by the New York Times as having “embodied the season’s audacious mood” Jacqueline founded Style Meets Life with to help women achieve style with a purpose. Partnering with Nordstrom, Macy’s, JC Penney, J. Crew, Gap Inc., Cole Haan, and Simon Malls, Jacqueline authored an accompanying column and produced the first web series to feature the mental health and style challenge of a double mastectomy.
ACTING: PORTRAYING ALPHA FEMALES
An actress in film and television, she was a regular on Late Night with David Letterman and has played leading and recurring roles on Law & Order, As the World Turns, Corpus Callosum, and Amazon’s first film, Portrait. Ms. Buckingham has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country, Harpers Bazaar, W Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Womens Wear Daily, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and Amazon.
MENTORSHIP: SUPPORTING PUBLIC EDUCATION
With a background in art, healthcare, wellness, and philanthropy, Jacqueline is also a mentor and avid supporter of public school education, the pro-bono Director of Development for the board at the Girls Academic Leadership Academy in Los Angeles, and a former trustee for the Visual Art and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School. She supports dozens of organizations that support women.
GREATEST HONOR: DEVON + CHASE
Her greatest honor is being the mother of her 2 children: Chase, a photographer and graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Devon, an aspiring molecular biologist and senior at The Girls Academic Leadership Academy.
UPCOMING BOOK: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT MANIFESTO
Her first book, a manifesto for female empowerment, will be released in May of 2024.
We are living in a world that would agree with me if I say to my son, "the parts you have are a source of pride that make you courageous and strong.
But what you have, my daughter, is a source of shame, that makes you
weak and vulgar."
How could we expect my son and daughter to feel equal in the world if one of them has parts associated with pride and the other has parts associated with shame?
We can’t, because we have a pussy problem.
The pussy problem is simple:
There is inherent shame in having a pussy.
The global result of the pussy problem is the unequal distribution of power between those with pussies and those without them.
The inherent shame that comes with a having a pussy leads to a lack of entitlement not only over
one’s body, voice and basic human rights, but also to one’s entitlement to property, wealth, and power.
This inequity is not relegated to one country or industry.
The deep and systemic shame that has lasted for centuries is why people with pussies are not making more of the rules that govern us as a human race:
at home, at work, in our communities, in our countries, and throughout our global landscape.
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