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What's Happening (just Select/Click below)                            AUGUST 2016

A LETTER FROM

TWO PRESIDENTS

 

"We are proud of you all!"


Jacqui Ceballos
Founder and former President,
Veteran Feminists of America

and

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


 A
MUSICAL WELCOME
TO VFA

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Help VFA continue its extremely important work to preserve
Women's History.

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FAREWELL

VFA CO-FOUNDER

JOAN MICHEL

 

YOU ARE SO
VERY LOVED

 


Michel, Joan (1930 - 2016) was been a force behind the scenes in the women’s movement. She helped the late Pat McQuillan organize the first-ever Marriage and Divorce conference (1974). Her activist journey began in 1971, when she borrowed $1 from Irma Diamond Newmark to get from Riverdale,NY to the New York City NOW office to help Jacqui Ceballos, then the president, who was swamped with paperwork.

Michel later helped with the Women’s Forum and the National Women’s Political Caucus, and wrote press releases out of Jacqui’s apartment. One of the founders of VFA in 1992, she has been vice president of public relations. Michel, a writer and former editor for Hadassah Magazine and a freelance food writer and editor, has written and published her own cookbook, The Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook.

A single mother of three, Michel holds a B.A. from Adelphi (1952) and an M.S. from Columbia in speech pathology and audiology, but never worked in that field because President Nixon cut the funding to hospitals at the time of her graduation. She worked with Geraldo Rivera on the One to One project for the mentally retarded, for Dave Garroway and for Stewart Mott, founder of Women for Congress.

 


Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975

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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.

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 Feminist Trailblazer

MURIEL FOX
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Muriel Fox (Barnard College Class  of 1948) battled for equality on picket lines and in boardrooms alongside better-known icons of the women’s movement.




 


      Fifty years ago, a few dozen women gathered in a basement in Washington, D.C., to make history: they convened the first meeting of the National Organization for Women. In a photo of that day in 1966, Muriel Fox ’48 is a few seats away from Betty Friedan, NOW’s president, befitting her role as Friedan’s chief lieutenant and the central part she would play in many of the most critical battles of the women’s rights movement.

When hundreds of women and men assembled this summer to celebrate NOW’s 50th anniversary, Fox was lauded for “having a remarkable vision of what was possible and the commitment to carry it out,” says NOW president Terry O’Neill, who presented her with the Woman of Vision Award. Fox, who is 88, looks back on those days with wonder. She recalls conversations with her lifelong friend Friedan, who died in 2006, in which “Betty and I used to say, ‘Did we ever dream it would happen so fast?’”

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ONE FINE DAY was produced by Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock in 1984. The Music Film was shot and edited in 16 mm film and was set to the song ONE FINE DAY written and sung by Kay Weaver. The film has played to millions on PBS and cable stations in the US, translated into Spanish and broadcast in Latin and South America, Europe and Israel. It's live performances include the Marches on Washington DC in the 80's and 90's, NOW's national conventions, Battered Women's Shelters across the country and in the classroom from primary schools to Universities..
 

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LEE PERKINS

 

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 "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."

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/24/jeannetta-maclin-fire-justice-system




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

Why America
Never Had
Universal Child Care

In 1971, a national
day-care bill
almost became law.

President Nixon
Vetoed the Bill

 

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UPDATE:
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

Contact: 
Rebecca Lubetkin
for further info:

lubetkin@rci.rutgers.edu


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.
 
Rebecca

She's
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When
She's
Angry

Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from
1966 to 1971.   

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Director/ Producer
 

 

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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.
 

 
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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. 

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