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What's Happening (just Select/Click below) JULY 2016
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.
"We are proud of you all!"
In Sisterhood and with warm good wishes...
Eleanor and Jacqui
Veteran Feminists workshops
warmly received at
NOW 50 Years celebration and conference in Washington D.C.
On June 30, 1966, the National Organization for Women was founded by a group of activists who wanted to end sex discrimination. Today, the organization remains as a cornerstone of the women’s rights movement.
I personally had not attended a NOW National conference since 1985 so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of program or attendance. As one of the VFA board members living in DC, I responded when Muriel Fox, founder of NOW and Chair of the Board of VFA, took the initiative to schedule a VFA Board meeting to coincide with the NOW 50th anniversary conference in Washington DC, in late June.
Muriel saw an opportunity for VFA members to tell the story of the founding of NOW and to let the NOW membership know about VFA as an organization and our role in preserving the history of second wave feminism.
Packed with over 2,200 biographies and pictures of our actions.
Barbara J. Love’s Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 is the first comprehensive directory to document many of the founders and leaders (including both well-known and grassroots organizers) of the second wave women’s movement. It tells the stories of more than two thousand individual women and a few notable men who together reignited the women’s movement and made permanent changes to entrenched customs and laws.
Special Price For VFA Members! SAVE $20.00 NOW $78.00 ($98.00 Retail)
Send a check to
VFA, c/o Pam Ross, 18 Aberdeen Place,
St. Louis, MO 63105
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.
"If we are ever to succeed in getting our rights, we have to make sure small town women isolated in rural America are aware that the future does not have to be like the past.
Coming to Washington in 1965 with its southern culture more blatantly on display than it is now, really opened my eyes."
Meet Fabulous Feminist
Elayne Snyder-- New York NOW president in 1974
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!
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.
"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
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.
Veteran Feminists of America, Inc. * 18 Aberdeen Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 * Eleanor Pam, President * Jacqui Ceballos, Founder *