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.
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 $93 (includes postage). If you want to buy it through VFA, however, we can get you copies for as little as $73 (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.
In what turned out to be one of the largest protests of its kind in the United States, some 20,000 women took to the streets of New York in August 1970, to strike for equality.
Motivated by a desire to draw attention to inequalities in the workplace, marriage and education, the women took over Fifth Avenue in the city and attracted huge media attention.
NEW YORK STATE NOW CONVENTION
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015
I proudly accept this award on behalf of the thousands of women and hundreds of men I have met during my 45 years of NOW activism working to educate girls, women and men of the benefits of social, economic and political equality. On August 24, 1970, day of the famous NOW march down Fifth Avenue, I picked up the phone, spoke to NYCity NOW and was directed to Nassau County NOW.
And from that moment my life was changed forever! I came to know fabulous women such as Linda Lamel, Betty Schlein. – Meetings then were held in the Ethical Society, Garden City. Attending there with my husband, I asked a young woman beside me where she lived, she said her name was Chris Golder, and she lived in Bay Shore. I said I lived in Central Islip-Hauppauge – why don’t we start our own chapter closer to home! And we did, along with Irene Wolf, who became President and Irene Morris, who became Treasurer and we were off and running, meeting in the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Library!
It’s only fitting that Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, and other powerful female characters would form a welcoming committee in the office of Carol Robles-Román, FCLC ’83. The president and CEO of Legal Momentum has been fighting for society’s most vulnerable for years.
“They’re my gender justice warriors,” Robles-Román says of the dolls and bobblehead figures that stand guard in her downtown Manhattan office. “I’ve been a gender justice warrior in my heart.”
ENROLL AT SMITH COLLEGE
Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World
MARCH 16, 2016
Revolutionizing Education On Campuses and Worldwide - edX
As a new resident of Northampton, MA two years ago, I had the immense pleasure of auditing two fantastic Study of Women and Gender classes at Smith College. For me, who thought I knew it all but didn’t, there was nothing like it. The mutual benefits of studying significant decades of one’s life with classmates who view those same decades as “women’s history” are many, but the inter-general give and take is one of the greatest.
Now a similar experience is available to all without leaving home and the benefits of participation by VFA members in this free course will extend not only to inter-generational course takers, both young and old, but tangentially to the VFA mission as well.
I have already signed up as a course auditor (the less strenuous of the two options available) with the expectation that taking this course will be at least almost as enriching an experience I had auditing live at Smith. Maybe others of you, after checking out the link below, will decide to do the same.
Karen Spindel, VFA DATA Manager
A Note from
Gloria Steinem &
everything from menstruation to masturbation. - Lena Dunham
#OBOSTaughtMe the radical idea that women — not their parents, partners, politicians or doctors — could and should be authorities over their own bodies. - Gloria Steinem
The two of us are from different generations, yet we were both helped by “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” the book that rocked the world by putting women’s health and sexuality in a radically new political and social context.
That’s why we are writing to ask you to support Our Bodies Ourselves, the organization by the same name that provides accurate and trustworthy information about women and health.
Our Bodies Ourselves provides this information through its award-winning books, blog, social media, and comprehensive website. And it has done so without ever accepting funding that might compromise the integrity of its work. That’s why it has earned our collective trust, something that can never be bought.
Girls and women, teachers and academics, government policymakers and health and human rights activists around the world have all turned to this unique, science-based resource for more than four decades.
Our Bodies Ourselves has also supported dozens of global groups producing culturally adapted translations of its landmark publication. As a result, vital health information is now available in more than 30 languages, most recently in Arabic, Hebrew, Kiswahili and Vietnamese.
The work of Our Bodies Ourselves has never been more important. Just go online to see how corporate and ideological interests often promote distorted health messages masquerading as reliable information. Commercial sites push products. Religious sites preach male authority over women’s bodies. Pornography permeates the lives of many young people, even before high school.
Now, with foundation funding harder to come by, individual contributions are needed more than ever. That’s why we are contributing — and inviting you to contribute — to Our Bodies Ourselves. With support from all of us, the organization can carry out new strategies for transforming and digitizing its massive trove of trusted information for global dissemination—with and for a new generation.
Please give as generously as you can! By doing so, you will participate in and help sustain one of the longest and most essential revolutions for women: becoming healthy, free, and in charge of our bodies.
Yes, Gloria, you can count on me! I want to send Ms. to women in prison and those fleeing domestic violence.
Click To Give Ms.
We Hear You, We See You
Out of sight may mean out of mind – and heart.
For women in prison, this is the tragedy. For the rest of us, this invisibility keeps us from realizing how much women in prison resemble you and me. Most women in prison are not a danger to society – about 70 percent are locked up for nonviolent offenses. The majority of women prisoners have dependent children and about 5 percent will give birth behind bars. Black women are twice as likely as white women to be incarcerated.
Knowing such facts is a first step to action. That’s why we at Ms. magazine decided that reporting was not enough and launched the Ms. Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program.
We send Ms. to 5,233 federal, state and county prisoners – a fraction of the total, but a number we’re proud of. And because domestic violence shelters can almost be as isolating, we send the magazine to hundreds of shelters, too.
The program is funded by raising charitable contributions, and asking Ms. Community Members to buy an extra membership for a friend they don’t know. Your support will help us reach even more women.
Ms. has received hundreds of letters from incarcerated women explaining why the program is so important to them. They tell us Ms. keeps them strong and confident while they live out their sentences, and motivates them to do important work for others upon release.
Let women on the inside know we’re not forgetting. And let women in shelters know that we know it’s unfair for them to be deprived of home, for their own safety, while the criminal is free.
We must keep working against the Prison Industrial Complex that benefits only corporations building and running prisons for profit. We must all work against the attitudes that have turned the home into the single most dangerous place for women and children.
If you would like the deep satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a vulnerable woman feel less alone, please make a tax-deductible donation today to ensure women in prisons and domestic violence shelters continue to feel supported and acknowledged.
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 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.