VFA is one of the foremost sources of information about the Second Wave women's movement for journalists, historians and other writers.
What's Happening (just Select/Click below) JUNE 2016
Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion access law
Published on Jun 27, 2016:
In a dramatic ruling, the SCOTUS on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law in a victory to supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state
A LETTER FROM
"We are proud of you all!"
Jacqui Ceballos Founder and former President,
Veteran Feminists of America
Eleanor Pam Current President,
Veteran Feminists of America
(Eleanor Pam & Jacqui Ceballos April 6, 2002 at a conference Honoring Florida Feminists)
To the loyal members and friends of VFA who have supported our work throughout the years--we send greetings and heartfelt thanks.
It has been our singular honor to represent and lead this remarkable organization whose mission is to document and preserve the revolutionary achievements of Second Wave Feminism. We pledge also to keep faith with successor generations of women and girls by continuing our work to inspire and educate them about the importance and meaning of the ground-breaking changes to the world brought about by the pioneer feminists of VFA.
I am pleased to send this annual report about the ongoing progress of our organization, VETERAN FEMINISTS OF AMERICA Inc.
Referenced below is our recently completed, unique and historical e-book, Our Fabulous Feminists. You can access it by going to our website to get your free copy. (http://www.vfa.us/FabFemBook.htm).
This is one of VFA's most important legacy projects--a biographical compendium of 95 Second Wave pioneers. This ambitious work is the first volume in a series of sequential e-books that we will be publishing and distributing as part of our mission to document and preserve the accomplishments of the Women's Revolution and the seismic changes to the world it brought about.
We intend to continue collecting more vital stories of the lives and achievements of those remarkable veterans who played a part in the women's revolution and invite those of you who are not in this first volume and qualify as Second Wave feminists to contact us through our Founder, Jacqui Ceballos, (email@example.com).
It has been four days since the terrorist attack on the LGBTQ Community in Orlando, Florida. I cannot let another day go by without a formal acknowledgment of the immeasurable contribution to the American Women’s Movement that has been made and continues to be made by women who identify as Gay, Lesbian and Trans*.
As some of us can share, The Pulse was not a “dance” club. It was a SAFE ZONE where marginalized people could enter, be themselves and breathe free from the discrimination and danger of the majority society. 49 people have been identified and loved ones notified that they are gone forever. But the unimaginable tragedy is that LGBTQ who grew up with hope and the great advances of equality in marriage and the military now are deadly aware of what palpable hate looks like. Their safe-havens are impugned.
They may have heard the stories of Harvey Milk, Stonewall and great marches for liberation but they were safely tucked away in black and white photos. They certainly understand bullying and, also, in a whole new way - digital bullying. They know individual murder (14 trans people this year so far). They know HIV testing. They know what “pray away the gay” means. They absolutely know what loss due to suicide feels like.
What only we know is how lesbians have done so much of the heavy lifting in the American Women’s Movement. We know the true meaning of The Lavender Menace. We know that we met in bars and in AA meetings and in our homes. We know that Harvey always publicly spoke with his lesbian friend, Sally Miller Gearhart and offered his camera store to Martin & Lyon in the forming of The Daughters of Bilitis. We know our closets, longing for marriage, desire to be able to adopt. We know.
So I cannot let another day go by without noticing, thanking, loving the Gay, Lesbian, Trans* women in the VFA. A few in particular have deeply driven my heart forward; Barbara Love, Kate Millett, Martha Wheelock.
For use by researchers, educators and students, VFA has converted DVD to MP4 format the complete unabridged videos of its reunions, conferences and awards events from 1993 to 2011. Leaders and activists reminisce about their experiences in the company of sister/fellow feminists. VFA made this historic treasure possible by presenting more than 25 major feminist events throughout the United States and videotaping them for posterity.
I was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the youngest of three children… Brother Ted (9 years older) went off to war in the Coast Guards. Sister Naomi [11 years older] was my role model and best friend. My father was in the junk business (a magical place for a child to search for castoff treasures]. My Mother was a wonderful combination of mid-century woman: popular, social, bridge enthusiast and savvy stock market player!
Atlantic City in the forties was a war town, host to thousands of wounded Army soldiers … I volunteered folding bandages. And, for the war effort, I planted Victory gardens, created a sidewalk store out of an orange crate to sell comic books and toys donating every penny for defense! Growing up I had summer jobs on A.C.’s famous boardwalk -selling candy and hot dogs. And, the Atlantic Ocean was a never ending inspiration for my writing and a source of my favorite sport–fishing!
I attended Atlantic City High School, joined a sorority, was active in school politics, enjoyed a busy social life and, looked forward to my next adventure …. going to Florida … (something I always wanted to do!) to attend the University of Miami, from which I graduated in 1952 with a BA in Speech and Radio. I joined Delta Phi Epsilon sorority my freshman year and held several elected posts including Vice President. On the UM campus I was active in student affairs - Secretary of the Junior Class.
After graduation I returned to New Jersey and got my first job at Radio Station WOND in Pleasantville just outside of Atlantic City. I was a Disc Jockey on the midnight show. After that rare (for 1952) job for a woman, I decided to move to New York City and capitalize on my radio experience. Fat chance! And there the seeds of Feminism were sewn!
"This is THE best book written about the modern women's movement. It's the most authoritative and complete and moving. And since Gail Collins is the author, it's also delightful reading." Muriel Fox, VFA Chair of the Board
by GAIL COLLINS
"I was interviewed by Gail, and am quoted -- as are Muriel Fox , Betty Friedan and many NOW and radical feminists." Jacqui Ceballos, VFA Founder and Former President
Gail Collins, the first woman to hold the position of editorial page editor for the New York Times, explores the changes in the lives of American women over the past fifty years in her book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present.
Ms. Collins denotes the differences between a time when New York City secretary Lois Rabinowitz was upbraided for wearing slacks in court to the formation of the National Organization for Women and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Gail Collins discusses her book with Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator of PBS' Washington Week and senior correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. The New York Times selected When Everything Changed as one of their notable non-fiction books of 2009.
GREAT SUMMER READING!
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and the First Lady
Patricia Bell-Scott, professor emerita of women's studies at the University of Georgia, explores the relationship between civil rights activist Pauli Murray, co-founder of the National Organization of Women, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
A groundbreaking book—two decades in the works—that tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives and helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.
MEET ALIDA BRILL
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Other Signing Events:
Monday, December 5 Luncheon lecture at 12:00 p.m.
Tea lecture at 2:00 p.m. Rochester, NY
National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
17 Madison Street
Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty:
The Memoir of a Romantic Feminist by Alida Brill
A candid and insightful memoir by the feminist writer and social critic Alida Brill, Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty spans her life from the onset of the modern women's movement in the early 1960s through the second wave in the '70s and '80s and on to the present day, in which she became a leading figure and spokesperson. Her story begins in the postwar early suburban community of Lakewood, California, when, as a young girl, she wrote a letter to her idol, Princess Grace of Monaco; to her astonishment, she received a reply.
Following this cornerstone event of her young years came the arrival of Barbie, in 1959, who represented an entirely different kind of woman in her stylish looks and zebra-striped swimsuit. Then, in 1963, the publication of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan caused a seismic shift in the Brill household, propelling her mother into a life of feminism, and inspiring Alida to become a writer and steering her own life to a career s a social critic and feminist advocate.
As reported via theguardian
Pam Ross ( VFA Treasurer) heard about Jeannetta Maclin’s case in February and spearheaded the effort to enlist supporters to attend court and advocate for her Jeannetta Maclin.
Jeannetta Maclin, center, with, from left to right: Yvette Goods, Pam Ross, Stephanie Lummus and Marcia Cline. Photograph: Stephanie Lummus
“And we have got to do something about the system when women are jailed when they can’t raise cash bail, who have small kids and then they lose their jobs. It’s a national problem. We’re going to get volunteers to go into the municipal jails and speak to mothers there and shame the authorities with the details of what is going on for thousands of women.” Pam Ross
Jeannetta Maclin, 23 has now been charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Officers say Maclin left her children home alone while she left to work an eight-hour shift in Creve Coeur, and that's when the fire happened.
Charges against struggling mother make situation worse
The tragic fire that endangered two small sons of Jeannetta Maclin has been made worse by charging her with felony neglect, child abuse and child endangerment ("Mother who left sons alone charged after apartment fire," February 13).
The mother was put in a no-win situation. She must work, yet her pay would not allow her enough money for child care. Her children would be better served by supporting the mother than by putting them in foster care. The mother was clearly abandoned by the father of the children and her family.
She had those children as a very young woman. Where has the society been while she was working to support her sons? America has voided the issue of child care since President Richard Nixon took office. Congress had passed a comprehensive child care bill with large support from both parties in 1971. Nixon called conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly to ask her advice. She told him to veto the bill and he did. Nixon is dead, but we should be charging Schlafly with child neglect and abandonment.
Maclin needs our support, not our punishment. Don't cripple people then laugh at the way they walk. This mother wasn't out at a bar drinking, she was going to work at a low-wage job. Give her some support and give her back her children. We should be adopting this family, not separating them.
Pam Ross, VFA Treasurer • St. Louis
Universal Child Care
In 1971, a national
almost became law.
We have had some extremely positive meetings with Dr. Valerie Paley, director of the Center and vice president of the Society, and we are making progress in finalizing an agreement and clarifying procedures. My hope last January when I made the announcement was that things would be underway within a few weeks. I should have remembered that institutional arrangements are always complex: this is a whole new venture for the Society, and the protocol and forms needed are taking longer than expected. Dr. Paley wrote a few days ago, assuring us that, “We have a draft of the so-called ‘protocol’ which would need to be discussed and ratified by our collections committee. They meet periodically and the next meeting is June 1, 2016. It seems I cannot speed up that glacial process but once they sign off we should be good to go.”
So please do not be discouraged. It would be helpful if you line up your proposed donations and prepare their back-stories. Fortunately the Society is both a museum and a library, so your written material—records, books, accounts—will be welcome in the library’s archives just as your artifacts might fit into the museum’s exhibit plans.
Thanks for your patience and your passion.
Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from
1966 to 1971.
Grant grew up singing and playing in Portland, Oregon, where she began her performing career as a child in a band with her two sisters. After moving to New York City, she devoted herself to topical songwriting and social activism, notably in her band The Human Condition. Bev is featured on the Grammy-nominated Best of Broadside album and is the founder and director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.
VFA Mission Statement The purpose of Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) is to honor, document and preserve the accomplishments of women and men active in the feminist movement, to educate the public about the importance of changes brought about by the women's revolution, and to inspire future generations.
Veteran Feminists of America, Inc.
is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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