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So She Did: The Female Mentor That Changed My Life

I always expected that I’d spend my last summer before starting college binge-watching TV, eating pizza, and dealing with anxiety about my freshman year.  Instead, I ended up exploring my recent acquaintance with the feminist movement through an internship with So She Did, an organization related to women’s empowerment. I decided to join the organization because it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a different perspective on feminism and my own ideas about empowerment. Sure enough, working there resulted in one of the best and most interesting summers of my life. Continue reading


The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women

It’s impossible to respect, value and admire great leadership if you can’t identify what makes a leader great.  Because of this, the identity crisis I have written about that exists in today’s workplace is something that women leaders in particular have been facing  for much too long. While the tide is changing and more women are being elevated into leadership roles, there is still much work to do. As of July 2013, there were only 19 female elected presidents and prime ministers in power around the globe.  In the business world, women currently hold only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and the same percentage of Fortune 1000 CEO positions.   As women continue their upward trajectory in the business world, they have yet to be fully appreciated for the unique qualities and abilities they bring to the workplace. Continue reading


Lake Junaluska Peace Conference: A Healthy World is a Peaceful World, March 27-30

Recent publicity and word of mouth about the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference has stimulated many inquiries and interest. Because of this, registration at the $95 level is being extended indefinitely. Faith, Health, and Peace: Seeking the Basic Right to Good Health for All God’s Children. The 2014 Peace Conference seeks to affirm the basic right to good health from the perspective of faith traditions, lift up “the leading causes of life,” and explore ways faith communities can combat the causes of poor health, such as disease, violence, and poverty.

REGISTRATION OPEN:

Program Registration: $95  

Student Registration: $75 

Partial scholarships available online for full-time college and seminary students.

Space is limited; early registration is recommended.

Registration packages (includes registration, lodging,and meals) are available. Lodging reservations and event registration can be made at www.lakejunaluska.com/peace  or by calling 1-800-222-4930.

Workshops include:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and the Realization of the Global Right to Health for All (FRIDAY ONLY) Presenter: Dr. Christoph Benn

 How Can We Support Programs That Prevent Needless Maternal and Child Deaths? Presenter: Dr. Henry Perry, Founder of Curamericas Global

 Leading Causes of Life. Presenter: Larry Pray, Co-Author of the book, “Leading Causes of Life”

 Global Health Priorities of the United Methodist Church: A Reflection on Impact, Investment, Values and Health around the world. Presenter: Shannon Trilli, Director of Global Health for UMCOR

From Local Congregations to Global Health Through Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministry. Presenter: Sharon Hinton, Nurse Consultant/UMCOR

Housing as Health: Older Adults and Where They Live (FRIDAY ONLY) Presented by MAHEC/Council on Aging of Buncombe County, NC. Presenters: Dr. Megan Dunay, MD, MPH, along with Dr. Annette Beyea DO, and Dr. Amanda Williams, MD.

A Community’s Effort to Help Persons In and Out of Prison find Wholeness and Wellness (FRIDAY ONLY) Presenter: Sheriff Greg Christopher, Haywood County, NC

The First 1,000 Days and Beyond: A Global Look at Fundamental Food and Nutrition Issues. Presenter: Lauren Wood, Program & Research Coordinator, Global Food & Nutrition, Inc.

Congregational Health Network (Memphis Model). How Congregations and Methodist LeBonhuer Hospital Have Worked Together to Improve the Health of the Community. Presenter: Rev. Bobby Baker

Kabbalah: A Path of Mindful Mysticism for Healing and Repairing the World. Presenters: Rabbi Sigal Brier, Rabbi of Kesher Shalom Congregation, Abingdon, PA

Traditional Islamic Healing and Medicine (SATURDAY ONLY) Presenter: Hakim Mirza Ilyas al-Kashani, from American Muslim Health Professionals

Integrative Medicine (SATURDAY ONLY) Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Feldman, Center for Integrative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Christian Science: Healing as Christ Jesus Healed. Christ Jesus “cured” every kind of physical problem we face today without drugs or surgery. He taught that anyone who followed his teaching could heal as he did and do greater works. Understanding the mental nature of all suffering and the Science or Laws of God which governs health enables each one of us to discover that health is our natural God-given state of being. Presenter: Christine Driessen, Christian Science Board of Lectureship

Gun Violence. Presenter: Bill Mefford, Director of Human and Civil Rights, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

Cherokee Spirituality and Healing Practices (SATURDAY ONLY) Presenter: Freeman Owle, Cherokee, NC

Leadership includes:

Joshua Dubois, former Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during President Obama’s first term   

Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations and Partnerships Cluster for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva Switzerland

Dr. Gary Gunderson, Vice-President of Faith and Health Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. James Cochrane, Professor in the Dept. of Religious Studies and Senior Research Associate in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Henry Perry, Founder of Andean Rural Health Care, and Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Presiding Bishop of the Raleigh Area of The United Methodist Church.  

The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation.  Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace.

 


IWPR’s New Video Highlights the Impact of Accurate, Credible Research in Improving Policies for Women

 

Earlier this year, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research launched the next 25 years of making research count for women. IWPR’sbrand new video reflects on the original strategic vision of the Institute to change women’s lives through credible, rigorous research, and looks forward to the next era of producing long-term, substantive advancements for women and their families. Watch and share on YouTube now.

IWPR was founded out of a need for an organization whose distinct purpose was to develop comprehensive, women-focused, policy-oriented research. By conducting rigorous analyses using federal data, the social scientists at IWPR shook the assumptions underpinning public debate, replacing rhetoric with reliable research. IWPR’s research has shifted the national conversation on issues such as the gender wage gap, Social Security, welfare and access to public benefits, employment and job discrimination, child care, and many others.  

Of course, this kind of impact cannot be achieved alone. Collaboration and network-building has always been central to IWPR’s mission to produce actionable research. Your partnership and support has been the foundation of the Institute’s first quarter century. We look forward to working with you and sharing our future success in the next 25 years.

Watch and share the video now >>

As the Institute’s first 25 years proves, investing in IWPR results in long-term, substantive advancements for women and their families. But the kind of quality research and analysis that IWPR produces takes time and resources. To help ensure the next 25 years of policymaking is built on credible research on women and families, contribute to IWPR’s general support fund. To learn more about the challenge grant to expand the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship Fund for Women and Public Policy, visit the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship Fund page.


ACN & AHS seek to leverage their strengths to save even more lives of our community’s neediest animals

 

ACN & AHS seek to leverage their strengths to save even more lives of our community’s neediest animals

 

 

Animal Compassion Network (ACN) and Asheville Humane Society (AHS) today announced they are integrating their teams and talents to strengthen and expand their capability to save and serve more of Buncombe County’s neediest animals. “Small committees from each of our volunteer board of directors have been meeting for several months to look at ways we can work together most efficiently, effectively and creatively to the benefit of the most vulnerable animals in Buncombe County,” said Katherine Shenar, President/CEO of Asheville Humane Society.

 

 

 

“Some years ago, our culture of being a ‘safe for life’ agency and AHS’s commitment to being a shelter open to every homeless animal could not have meshed,” said Eileen Bouressa, Executive Director of Animal Compassion Network, “but for over two years AHS has rehomed every healthy, behaviorally sound animal who has come into the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, a remarkable achievement for an open admission shelter. The goals of ACN and AHS to help save animals have always been the same. By merging our operations we can work synergistically and with less redundancy for the greater good of all animals in our community.”

 

 

 

“The next challenge in Buncombe County is to rehabilitate and rehome more of those animals that come through our doors as ‘unadoptable.’ These animals can now be saved with special care, time in a foster home, rehabilitative programs, training, or transport to an area with more available homes,” said Shenar. “Asheville Humane Society is already saving over 1,300 of those special needs animals each year; with a creative and dedicated partner like ACN, we can now provide more services to our community while saving more lives.”

 

 

 

The combined organizations will be housed under one roof at Asheville Humane Society’s Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption and Education Center. Asheville Humane Society runs the Adoption Center with donated funds and operates, under contract, the adjacent Buncombe County Animal Shelter.

 

Asheville Humane Society is the largest and oldest lifesaving organization for homeless animals in Western North Carolina, and saved 4,519 animals last year. Animal Compassion Network, founded in 1997, is the first “safe for life” animal welfare organization in this area, and saved 1,000 animals last year.

 

In rescue,

Eileen & Lauren

Eileen Bouressa

ACN Executive Director

 

Lauren Weldishofer

Marketing & Events Manager


She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry: New Documentary on History of the Women’s Movement

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry: New Documentary on History of the Women’s Movement

A new documentary, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” chronicles the history of the women’s movement from 1966 to 1972, including the genesis of Our Bodies Ourselves, the founding of NOW, and other historical milestones.

The filmmakers are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish the project, and have a little more than a month to go. Check it out to learn more about the project and consider supporting their efforts. Click here for the entire article


Are You Bear Smart? Living Responsibly in Bear Country

Wednesday, May 30  Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

If you live in WNC, you have probably seen a bear in the wild while hiking and you might have encountered one in you own backyard. Bear have even been spotted in downtown Asheville!

Asheville Green Drinks will team up with the Bear Education and Resources Task Force (B.E.A.R) of the Western North Carolina Alliance for a bear preparedness program.  Come out to learn more about how to keep bear out of your trashcans and how to stay safe in the wild.

Presenter Debbie Lassiter will host this free program to share practical advice on living responsibly in bear country and reducing human/bear conflicts.

Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (directions)

Thank you to our weekly host and sponsor Posana Cafe, a 3-star certified Green Restaurant! We encourage you to support their efforts by ordering drinks and/or food at Green Drinks’ programs. Just make sure to tip your server or bartender and come a little early if ordering food.

Join Posana for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11am – 3 pm, Weekend Brunch, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm and Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm.  You can visit their menu online and view lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and dessert offerings.


Women Who Shaped America

The Women’s Rights Movement would not have been what it was — and still is — without Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. During an era in which women were thought to be their husband’s property, Stanton and Anthony challenged the notion that women were not equal. America saw drastic change in civil rights in the 19th century, when freed slaves had been given the right to vote. Women, on the other hand, did not have the right to vote, or rights in a divorce, or the right to have custody of their children, or a fair share of their property. Click here to read the entire article

This article was contributed to SheVille by Alison Fitzpatrick


Nuns With a New Creed: Environmentalism

Every woman in this story is confoundingly non-descript. Short hair, often grey. Conservative dress. Unmarried; soft-spoken. Most are well into their seventies, and all will tell you that their way of life is dying out. They will also tell you, with surprising conviction, that the world is in peril.

They are Roman Catholic sisters, from a variety of orders—Dominican, Mercy, Passionist—but don’t think Whoopie Goldberg or a young Sally Field. While many of their aged peers are living out their days in quiet convents, these women are digging gardens and offsetting carbon. They’re as well-versed in solar and geothermal technology as they are in the Gospels of Luke and John, and some wear Carhartts and work boots like they’re habits. At the heart of the women’s action is a belief that the changing climate and world demand a new kind of vocation – that Ave Marias won’t cut it anymore, but maybe clean energy will. Continue reading


Racism, Sexism and Intersectionality


Women’s Media Center Congratula​tes Co-Founder Gloria Steinem on Presidenti​al Medal of Freedom

The Women’s Media Center proudly congratulates co-founder Gloria Steinem on being named recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor.

In its announcement, the White House noted that Steinem is “a leader in the women’s liberation movement, co-founded Ms. magazine, and helped launch a wide variety of groups and publications dedicated to advancing civil rights.  Ms. Steinem has received dozens of awards over the course of her career, and remains an active voice for women’s rights.”

Julie Burton, president of The Women’s Media Center, said, “The board and staff at The Women’s Media Center are thrilled that President Barack Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to our co-founder, Gloria Steinem.  This is a well-deserved honor:  For over four decades, Gloria has struggled for political and social equality and justice. We have come to take it for granted that she will always be where she is most needed, at the podium, on TV, on the plane, phone, or at the computer, to make the ideal of social justice a reality. Her phrases have become the motto of our era. Her activism and fundraising have directly transformed the constitution of Congress and state legislatures. Women are in these places because of the endeavors of Gloria Steinem.

Burton continued, “The history of the women’s movement has been a struggle for women’s voices to be heard. In the tradition of Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gloria has forever changed the 20th and 21st centuries for women and men through her words and actions. Her brilliant writing, tireless advocacy, intelligence and humor have carried and propelled our dreams.  We are so proud that President Obama will honor her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Steinem is one of 16 recipients who will be honored by Obama at the White House later this year. The medal is “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

“I’m honored and touched to receive the Medal of Freedom, especially in the company of Bayard Rustin, Oprah Winfrey, Sally Ride, and other of my heroes,” Steinem said. “I know this is a recognition of the countless women and men who have worked for a society in which we are linked, not ranked, and have always understood that the caste systems based on sex and race, class and sexuality, can only be uprooted together. There is no president from whose hand I would be more honored to receive this than President Obama.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the executive order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the medal. More than 500 individuals have been awarded the medal.

 “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Obama said in a White House statement issued today. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

Other honorees announced today include former President Bill Clinton, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, country singer Loretta Lynn, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, baseball star Ernie Banks, former University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, former Indiana senator Richard Lugar, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahnemann and Mario Molina, U.S. Circuit Court chief judge Patricia Wald and civil rights leader C.T. Vivian. Posthumous awards went to astronaut Sally Ride, former Sen. Daniel Inouye and late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

The Women’s Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs that transform the media landscape, and that include media training, media monitoring and activism, media reports, media programs, and special initiatives.  The Women’s Media Center also produces original media content on our CBS radio show, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan,” and publishes Women’s Media Center Features that provide progressive women’s perspectives on both headline stories and timely events. In addition to Steinem and Morgan, the organization was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda.


For more information, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor, media relations manager, cristal@womensmediacenter.com or 202-587-1636


How to Talk to Little Girls

I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time. Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, “Maya, you’re so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!”

But I didn’t. I squelched myself. As I always bite my tongue when I meet little girls, restraining myself from my first impulse, which is to tell them how darn cute/ pretty/ beautiful/ well-dressed/ well-manicured/ well-coiffed they are.

What’s wrong with that? It’s our culture’s standard talking-to-little-girls icebreaker, isn’t it? And why not give them a sincere compliment to boost their self-esteem? Because they are so darling I just want to burst when I meet them, honestly. Continue Reading  (article submitted by Althea Gonzalez)


“Words,” we are fond of saying around here, “mean things.”

 

The inference is that those of us in the communications business should not toss the tools of our trade around carelessly; that we should respect their meaning and nuances, and use them precisely to express what we want to say.

That’s why we have copy editors, who serve as the last line of defense against muddled meanings. And it’s why we have stylebooks, which, among other things, delineate the consistency in how certain words and phrases should be employed.

I give you this background as a way of preparing the ground for some familiar words that you will shortly begin seeing used in unfamiliar ways.

The words are “husband” and “wife.” Click here to read the entire article


What Sex Means for World Peace

 

The evidence is clear: The best predictor of a state’s stability is how its women are treated.

In the academic field of security studies, realpolitik dominates. Those who adhere to this worldview are committed to accepting empirical evidence when it is placed before their eyes, to see the world as it “really” is and not as it ideally should be. As Walter Lippmann wrote, “We must not substitute for the world as it is an imaginary world.” Click here to read the entire article (This article was suggested by Edward O. Raiola, Ph.D., Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC)


Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – Integral Part of Public Safety

VAWA INTEGRAL PART OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEEDS TO PASS, SAYS American Bar Association
Good Work of Local Providers Needs Reauthorization to Continue

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2012 — Calling the bill the single most effective federal effort to respond to domestic violence and sexual assault, American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III urged senators to support S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011, in a letter sent to Capitol Hill today.

“S. 1925 was carefully crafted to reflect discussions with more than 2,000 advocates and experts around the country,” noted Robinson.  He further explained that the association adopted policy in February 2010 urging for adoption of legislation that provides services, protections and justice to vulnerable victims “including children and youth who are victims or are witnesses to family violence, and victims who are disabled, elderly, immigrant, trafficked, LGBT and/or Indian.”

Robinson urged senators to oppose amendments that would weaken the bill, including a substitute version being offered by Sens. Charles Grassley and Kay Bailey Hutchison.  The letter also emphasized the ABA’s opposition to mandatory minimum sentencing proposals either to accompany new federal crimes or to augment existing offenses.

“VAWA has become an integral part of our public safety strategy that has empirical support for its effectiveness,” summed Robinson.  “The good work being done by thousands of local providers and public servants cannot continue without its reauthorization.”

The letter in its entirety can be found online.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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