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.
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VFA, c/o Pam Ross, 18 Aberdeen Place,
St. Louis, MO 63105
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.
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.
NEW YORK STATE NOW CONVENTION
SATURDAY, NOV. 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 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?
After years of searching for a museum home to exhibit the stories and artifacts comprising our legacy, the legacy of feminism's Second Wave, we were successful in establishing a partnership with the Center for the Study of Women's History at the New York Historical Society. This museum is absolutely ideal!! The facility is elegant; its exhibits are interactive, exciting and technically sophisticated. And it is in tourist-magnet New York City right next to the American Museum of Natural History!
Artist & Activist
Faith Ringgold is one of America's most gifted and generous visual storytellers. Ringgold is best known for the painted story quilts in which she draws on African American folklore tradition, often to dramatize—to humanize—institutional and national histories. Ringgold was born in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance and became a leader in the Black Arts movement and women's arts movement, organizing protests against major museums for excluding works of black and women artists. In 1971, Ringgold co-founded Where We At, a black women artists group. In 1991 Ringgold became an author, with the publication of Tar Beach, the winner of multiple awards and the first of more than a dozen books.
Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery and escaped to freedom. Her prominence quickly rose when she advocated for the abolition of slavery and women's rights. She is best known for her speech "Ain't I a Woman?"
was the first
woman in space...
and this isn't even
the coolest thing
Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956,
in Decatur, Alabama.
On June 4, 1987, she became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program.
On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African-American woman in space. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison has received several awards and honorary doctorates.
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 (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 is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.