This is my first report since I've had the honor of assuming the Presidency of VFA, succeeding Jacqui Ceballos who founded the organization and has been its only president and most passionate guiding spirit for 25 years. She continues to run the office which typically includes warm and robust communications with the wider feminist community. She is still the face of VFA and hers are difficult, if not impossible shoes to fill.
So, mindful of her legacy and free-spirited leadership, I decided to follow my own style--which is dramatically different from hers--and hoped for the best.
University of Illinois Press has less than 100 copies of Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 in stock and there is no reprint scheduled.
If you have been putting off a purchase, wait no longer. The Press offers the book now at $92 (includes postage). If you want to buy it through VFA, however, we can get you copies for as little as $69 (that includes postage).
So don’t wait. Buy it now for yourself or for family or friends for the holidays.
This is the only resource of its kind and will not be available much longer. It is a beautiful book, packed with over 2,200 biographies and pictures of our actions.
Equal Means Equalis a documentary film that takes an unvarnished look at where women find themselves today. The film weaves multiple seemingly disparate issues together to make the case that a lack of full legal equality is having a profound impact on American women’s lives.
July 19 and 20, 1848
Declaration of Rights
The organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Jane Hunt, and Mary Ann McClintock. On July 19, 1848, they stood before 300 curious people and presented a Declaration of Rights and Sentiments. That document, modeled after the Declaration of Independence, declared that all men and women are created equal. It demanded equal access to all means of employment and the ministry. And it insisted that women had "the duty…to secure to themselves their sacred right of franchise," or suffrage (the right to vote).
Sojourner Truth Speaks at The Seneca Falls Woman's Convention 1848
Sojourner Truth was perhaps the most famous African-American woman in 19th century America. For over forty years she traveled the country as a forceful and passionate advocate for the dispossessed, using her quick wit and fearless tongue to fight for human rights.
Intimate, personalized portrait of women of the 1960s through the eyes of one colorful class that graduated in 1969 - same year as Hillary Clinton - and recently turned 65, starting to explore the New Old Age. At a time when these Boomers' parents were asking less of themselves, many of these distinguished citizens are asking more, feeling a Third Wind. Where will it take them? Some are determined to keep making waves. The trigger for these revelations/reminiscences is the class's yearbook. Each photo was a collaboration with a sexy Turkish artist, is full of the 60s spirit of risk, rebelliousness, creativity. Indeed, this yearbook wasn't a book at all. The portraits came to each alumna loose leaf, in a box. Hence our metaphoric title: Unboxed!
The VFA event at the Harvard Club Oct. 21 was another VFA success!
A Tribute to Muriel Fox
(photo by Dori Jacobson-Wenzel) Click Image Above
Click Image Above for Reports pictured: Rosie O'Donnell at podium; background: Marlo Thomas, Eve Ensler,
Carol Jenkins and Gloria Steinem (photo by Dori Jacobson-Wenzel)
The VFA event at the Harvard Club Oct. 21 was a huge success, filled with inspiration,
education, appreciation and warmth. There was a great deal of candor from the speakers and the audience was thrilled. The excitement was not only about the speakers, but the audience filled with powerful and accomplished feminists from across the country.
“Labor & the Women’s Movement:
The untold story and why it matters”
Labor Tribune Photo from left: labor and employment attorney Emily Zuckerman, AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women's Rights Director Carmen Berkley, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice Sarita Gupta and Heather Booth, a strategist for progressive issue campaigns and elections.
“Labor & the Women’s Movement: The untold story and why it matters” was a
VFA event held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, MO,
on September 27, 2014.
The purpose of Veteran Feminists of America is to honor, record and preserve the history of the accomplishments of women and men active in the feminist movement, to educate the public on the importance of the changes brought about by the women’s movement, and to preserve the movement’s history for future generations.
VFA is a nonprofit organization for supporters and veterans of the Second Wave of the feminist revolution. It is the foremost national source of information about the modern women's movement for journalists, historians, archivists and writers.
Veteran Feminists of America is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.