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, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Even More Reason To Appreciate Your Mother This Mother's Day
The world has changed a lot in the past 60 years -- and you have your mom to thank for that. We've left the cookie cutter image of a 1950s housewife in the dust and embraced women who have achieved success in every walk of life, whether that be as mothers, workers or both.
These days, women are more educated and have better jobs than ever before. When it comes to education, women have managed to become a strong majority in universities and their roles are rapidly growing in the US workforce......Except for when it comes to pay. Despite the significant strides women have made to prove themselves equal to their male counterparts, there is still a huge disparity when it comes to wages.
This Mother's Day, let's recognize the women in our lives who make a difference and show them they deserve better. Start with your mom.
It's time to put the mothers back in Mother's Day and celebrate the way her-story intended: with a little peace and justice. TAKE BACK THE DAY by supporting women around the world working for better futures -- for themselves, their communities, and their societies.
"I voted today"
stickers pay tribute to
Susan B. Anthony
Published on Apr 21, 2016
(WHAM-TV): A photo of Susan B. Anthony's gravestone adorned with "I voted today" stickers went viral on social media April 19—New York State's Primary Election Day.
Rochester Institute of Technology professor and Albanian immigrant Iris Asllani went to visit the gravestone, located in Mount Hope Cemetery, and discussed the impact that Anthony has had on her. Asllani is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and the Lead for the Healthcare Application Domain of the Ph.D. Engineering program at RIT.
SUSAN B. ANTHONY GRAVE VISITED BY PAT REUSS ....
Look what voters in Tuesday’s NY primary left on Susan B Anthony’s grave in Rochester NY. How many of us have visited this site? It is sort of downtrodden. Why isn’t it a shrine? I believe those rocks have spiritual importance in the Jewish faith, but my first impression was someone’s afraid she’ll jump out and get back into the fray? I’ve been to Westminster Abbey and Père Lachaise in Paris and many more….what did Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde ever do for women’s rights, yet I trekked to their tombstones. Anyway, thanks Susan B and thanks Rochester pals who visited her grave with those wonderful “I voted” stickers.
Today's most heated literary arguments uphold the legacy of Kate Millett's
Kate Millett's 'Sexual Politics
BY MAGGIE DOHERTY
March 23, 2016
One morning in 1970, on a day she was to speak at Emory University, Kate Millett—erstwhile sculptor, recent Ph.D. student, and now, to her chagrin, the spokeswoman of the Women’s Liberation Movement—stood up from the breakfast table and promptly vomited all over one of two Persian rugs covering the floors of her Bowery apartment. Her husband, the sculptor Fumio Yoshimura, looked on in dismay. The expensive rug was a new addition to Millett’s life. It had been purchased in a week of “libertine glory,” when Millett spent all of the $800 earned from the sale of her first book, Sexual Politics, on two carpets and an old car.
Soon enough, the book would earn Millett $30,000—at the time, a small fortune. In her own words, she was “shamefully, pointlessly rich.” She was also miserable.
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Author Event (Other, Biography)
A candid and insightful memoir by feminist writer and social critic Alida Brill, spanning her life from the modern women's movement in the early 1960s and on to present day, in which she became a leading spokesperson. The book presents her inspirational message and quiet wisdom obtained from her decades at the heart of the women's movement, while at the same time wanting to lead a romantic life.
Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty:
The Memoir of a Romantic Feminist Hardcover – April 7, 2016
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.
Other Signing Events:
National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
17 Madison Street
Monday, December 5
Luncheon lecture at 12:00 p.m.
Tea lecture at 2:00 p.m.
Landmark Decision Allowed Girls to Play Little League
Before Title IX There Was Maria Pepe Waiting
'His Turn At Bat'
By pitching in the spring of 1972, Maria Pepe became the first girl in more than two decades to even try to participate in one of America’s most beloved youth pastimes. Little League’s national powers-that-be moved quickly to remove her from competition.The National Organization for Women brought a 1973 suit on behalf of Pepe’s right to play and the NJ Division on Civil Rights sided with Maria.
It's about time we pay homage to Inez Milholland. She did more than just ride a white horse at the front of the parades.
My friend and VFA board member, Martha Wheelock has made a documentary on Inez Milholland. She has committed to distributing 10,000 DVDs to organizations, schools, libraries and women’s groups for FREE. To accomplish this dream, Martha has made the film, the trailer and launched a Kickstarter campaign. This is day one of the campaign. I am hoping you will help us get out the word to the VFA.
When Inez Milholland died in Los Angeles in October, 1916, she became lionized as the “Suffrage Martyr,” the only person to die in the battle for American women’s right to vote. Wild West Women will be involved in the planning and of a centennial event to honor Inez and her untimely death at age 30. Bob Cooney, whose book on Inez is a tribute to her work, impact and inspiration will be working with us.
Inez is noted for her distinguished appearance on a white horse, leading the first great suffrage march in Washington, DC in 1913. We plan to organize a celebration of Inez in Los Angeles in 2016 and produce a documentary film on her life and influence.
It is difficult to remember the day I knew I was a feminist because all of my life, I was involved in cutting-edge-of-change issues. My first conscious “aha” moment came in May 1971 when I attended a meeting in Ann Chud’s living room in Dallas, Texas, where a group of 14 had been invited to talk about our lives, our needs, our restrictions and what we could do about them.
Ann had told us: “Once a year SMU gives us a feast with its Symposium on the Education of Women for Social and Political Leadership, but the rest of the year we starve.” So, how could we make the banquet last all year?
March 15, 2016
I would like to update you on our progress on the involvement of VFA in the museum and library collection currently being created at the New York Historical Society.
We are still so excited that this outstanding institution will enthusiastically feature our Second Wave artifacts and stories in its developing Center for the Study of Women’s History.
VFA establishes partnership with
Center for the
Study of Women's History
at the New York Historical Society
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.
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 *