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What's Happening (just Select/Click below) OCTOBER 2016
A LETTER FROM TWO PRESIDENTS
"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
continue its extremely important work to
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.
I first saw Dr. Phyllis Chesler at my first national psychologists’ convention, in Miami in 1970, 46 years ago, when feminism was erupting on the landscape across America. A young and determined Phyllis Chesler, in boots, long black hair flowing, strode to the plenary podium of the American Psychological Association, to demand of A.P.A. “one million dollars, in reparations, to women abused by the mental health profession”; or, to create and fund “A shelter, for run-away wives.”
I had no idea at that time how this fiery, “unstoppable-force,” radical feminist had come to this remarkably combative consciousness, what events, what “clicks,” had so sharpened her awareness of women’s status within patriarchy. I knew nothing then of her shattering early-married experience, as a captive, powerless bride in remote Islamic Kabul, Afghanistan. If you have not already read her award-winning recent book “An American Bride in Kabul,” you have a rich treat in store.
The next year, Dr. Chesler rocked psychology once again, with evidence that numerous male psychotherapists, around New York City in particular, were sexually exploiting young female patients. This would eventually lead to changes in APA policies, and to changes in state laws.
In 1972 Dr. Chesler published her sensational, explosive best-seller, Women and Madness.She was the first feminist scholar to boldly confront the patriarchal world of clinical psychology and psycho-therapy, exposing the profound contempt for women which then pervaded clinical practice. Her courageous and brilliant book has been translated into many languages, and is today in every major library in the world, among the most famous and successful books of all time.
In this video introducing IGNITE, Grantee partners, IGNITE contributors, and women leading change in the technology sector help us imagine a future where the digital gender gap is closed, and make the case for empowering women and girls in technology and science.
No women, no peace. Speech at Slutwalk London rally, 2011
Women have the right to shape peace processes and contribute to the rebuilding of their societies. They have gender-specific experiences in conflict which should be reflected in conflict prevention, reconstruction and peacebuilding. Many women recognise the links between war-time violence and the violence that continues post-conflict.
Global Fund for Women exists to support the tireless and courageous efforts of women’s groups who work every day to win rights for women and girls. These groups are working to ensure women can own property, vote, run for office, get paid fair wages, and live free from violence – including domestic violence, sexual assault, and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation.
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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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.
Dear Woman of My Dreams is Kathryn’s 1923 diary, covering her nineteenth year. This coming-of-age story is told in her own words as she goes about her daily life at college with her friends and with her mother and grandmother at home. She writes to the woman that she sees as herself in later years, and the book closes with a brief chapter based on letters and the diary Kathryn wrote when she was one hundred years old.
Official theme song of 75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, in 1995. Providing education to women and girls is the most effective route to reducing poverty, hunger and child mortality globally. Education also builds stronger communities. Knowledge is empowering!
Since Eve Ensler launched the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women she has been repeatedly asked: is it a dance movement or overtly political? A protest or a giant global celebration? Just a few weeks before 14 February, the date that Ensler, activist and author of The Vagina Monologues, designated the "day to rise", she says: "I've never seen anything like it in my lifetime."
ONE FINE DAY 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.
From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia, acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity:
We are "One Woman".
THE LADY LIFERS Including Brenda Watkins, lead vocals, Dannielle Hadley, Debra Lee Brown, Theresa Battles, Diane Metzger, Thelma Nichols, Joann Butler, Lena Brown and Trina Garnett. Words by Howard Woodring, music by Naomi Blount.
We Hear You, We See You
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This performance was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. A life sentence in Muncy Pennsylvania Correctional Facility means exactly that. These women, all of whom have served decades in prison, sing of the very real possibility of dying alone in prison.
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 *