For Immediate Release

July 9, 2011

Veteran Feminists of America announces The Bridge Project

June 21, 2011, the Veteran Feminists of American launched the Bridge Project; offering the opportunity for feminists from different generations to meet and share with one another. The Bridge Project is a matching service that can introduce feminists from different generations and encourage partnerships with the intention to establish a true lineage in the American Women’s Movement.

Is there some one you would like to get to know, to write, to email, to call and talk with about the politics of the day, the latest book, a TV show or movie’s portrayal of women? Maybe you want to invite a feminist to share an event, write a blog together comparing points of view? The possibilities are endless and entirely up to the partners to decide.

While there are no rules, it is intended to match Veteran Feminists (20+ years in the women’s movement) with Rising Feminists, (19- years in the women’s movement). The Bridge Project is open to members of the VFA. Members can submit an application to the Bridge Project Committee. They can make a specific request or ask for help to match interests, identify pairs. The Committee sends invitations to the two feminists. Applications are similar to the ones uses in the development of the book,
Feminists Who Changed America.

The relationship is as strong or light as the partners define. Exchanging ideas, values, talents and skills. These matches can enrich the lives of all who participate; neither partner doing more or less, each contributing their best with as much or as little as they mutually agree. The hope is that matching intersecting pairs will create continuity, community and intergenerational communication.

Here's a Match or Two and MORE:
RISING FEMINIST Chelsea Del Rio has been a tireless grassroots activist for over a decade. She has advocated for access to low income child care, marched on Washington, organized one of the country’s longest running Women Take Back the Night events, karaoke’d for choice, and testified in court against anti-choice protestors. Chelsea is currently a Ph.D. student studying lesbian and feminist history, teaching undergraduates, and serving her graduate student labor union.

VETERAN FEMINIST Heather Booth has been an organizer for 40+ years starting with civil rights & women's movement. At the start of Chicago Women’s Liberation Union; Jane, abortion counseling service; 1st ERA march; March for Women’s Lives; Consultant to, National Council of La Raza, Campaign for America’s Future, NOW, Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Past Director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO; Founding Director American’s for Financial Reform; Senior Advisor to One Nation Working Together; Current President of Midwest Academy, training social change leaders.

RISING FEMINIST Kamala Lopez. Kamy was awarded the 2011 NWPC Woman of Courage Award for her inspiring work bringing the ERA to the attention of new feminists of the 21st Century. Actress, screenwriter, director and producer; 30 feature films, 60 TV shows. She is the owner of Heroica Films and her feature directorial debut, A Single Woman, about the life of first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, won the 2009 NWPC Exceptional Merit in Media Award. Currently she is the Executive Director of The ERA Education Project; National Program Director of Global Girl Media; VP Media Pacific Shore NOW and serves on the Advisory Board of The Women’s International Film and Television Showcase.

VETERAN FEMINIST Sally Lunt. Sally was destined to be a feminist as her mother was both a suffragist and volunteer at a Sanger clinic. Degrees from Hood College, Simmons, Harvard and MA School of Law. Champion of women and mental health in the field and classroom, teaching at Boston University. Leader in NWPC, founder of Womanspace, advisor for Sojouner, delegate to the UN Conference in Mexico City. From reproductive health, the ERA, and consumer assistance, Sally has been at the helm. Today you will find her on a Tall Ship and on the board of the VFA.

RISING FEMINIST Jamie Pennington Jamie is a senior at Rollins College and is planning to pursue women’s studies in graduate school. She is active in the United Nations Association, was an active member of the Orlando chapter from 2009- 2010 and Amnesty International. Jamie has been a volunteer working with high school, grade school and pre-school children in Winter Park, FL. She has been a fundraiser for the U.N. and African Children in Need. She shares her interest in yoga, languages and the Women’s Movement with her Bridge Match.

VETERAN FEMINIST Grace Welch - A founder and Past President South Shore NOW, currently President Emerita, Mid-Suffolk NOW Stony Brook, VFA Board Member. She took part in 1970 Women’s Strike March down Fifth Avenue, joined NOW and began a life of full-fledged feminist activism. Grace was in the film, Borat; interviewed about American feminism. She and the other VFA members were onto him instantly and walked out. She has studied & practiced yoga for 30 years and is a member of the Long Island Yoga Association & the New York Yoga Teachers Association. She teaches beginner, intermediate & advanced classes in Islandia, Long Island and Manhattan, New York. She conducts yoga instruction Italian by appointment.

For information on the project:

Bridge Project application for a match

Contact information

Further Details: Zoe Nicholson

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