Meet the founders of The Code
Mary Bronstein is an educator, rogue feminist scholar, creatrix and mother living in South Williamsburg. She holds a bachelors of fine arts degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (theater arts), master degrees from from both Bank Street College of Education (child life) and Teachers College/Columbia University (psychology in education, emphasis on applied child psychology) as well as an advanced graduate certificate in gender & women’s studies from Western Kentucky University. She is the award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker behind the film Yeast (2008), which has been shown internationally and on PBS. Mary is the co-founder and co-director of the progressive preschool The Playschool and the founder and co-leader of Urban Girl Scouts, a radical feminist scouting program for Brooklyn girls. Mary also publishes feminist scholarship for presses such as Lexington, MacFarland and Demeter and is in the midst of launching her own small press called Burn & Shine Media, which will publish radical feminist/humanitarian themed photo books for young children.
Mary is extremely passionate about creating communities for children and families to develop, flourish and learn with love and support. She is especially concerned with creating sacred spaces for girls and women to express, discover and process their femaleness and how to transcend the patriarchy that constantly attempts to effect them. Mary believes that teaching both girls and boys through a feminist lens is a way to build communities in which people of all gender identifications are treated as full and worthy human beings.
Samantha Huggins is co-founder and co-director of Carriage House Birth, a bi-coastal collective of birth and postpartum doulas. She wrote and teaches Carriage House Birth's Childbirth Education Program, and co-authored and teaches the Carriage House Birth's Foundation and Advanced Birth Doula Trainings. Samantha is an intuitive birth doula, lactation counselor, reproductive and female bodied health advocate, co-leader of Urban Girl Scouts, a radical feminist scouting program for Brooklyn girls, mentor and holds workshops on boundary setting.
Samantha is deeply immersed in our growing community on a national level and is working everyday towards empowering families to parent with confidence. She believes that it is important to bring this level of support and confidence to our youth by helping them to prepare for maturity with a deep understanding of self, respect and the tools to deal with the unrealistic pressures of modern living in the modern world.