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.
(Eve Ensler, Carole Jenkins applaud Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug's Red Hat)
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The DVD of the historic Harvard Club gala luncheon in October featuring Muriel Fox, Gloria Steinem, Rosie O'Donnell, Marlo Thomas, Eve Ensler and Carol Jenkins.
CINCO DE MAYO?
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).
FRIDA KAHLO (1907~1954)
A Woman in Rebellion
Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. At the age of six, Frida developed polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other. It was to remain that way permanently. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
A Tribute to the
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“Zapatista women have participated at all levels of the movement to fight for justice and dignity for the indigenous people of Chiapas and, at the same time, were able to transform their own lives, their families, and their communities.”
Before the Zapatista uprising, women in the indigenous villages of Chiapas were often forced into arranged marriages, had little access to birth control, and domestic violence was generally considered normal and acceptable. A woman could not leave the house without her husband’s permission, and women’s confinement to the private sphere translated into very limited participation in public life. This history of marginalization serves as a backdrop for the striking changes that have taken place in Zapatista territory.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton with two of her children in 1848
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Happy Mother's Day Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: "The Mother of Woman Suffrage"
Born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an abolitionist and leading figure of the early woman's movement. An eloquent writer, her Declaration of Sentiments was a revolutionary call for women's rights across a variety of spectrums. Stanton was the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years and worked closely with Susan B. Anthony.
Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.
The VFA event at the Harvard Club Oct. 21 was another VFA success!
A Tribute to Muriel Fox
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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.