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Women's Lives & Education

Why study women, minorities, or other controversial subjects at all? The answer is: a good liberal education (liberal as in “freedom”) teaches people to think both “inside the box” and “outside the box”.  Gender studies programs can encourage students to creatively examine their surroundings and learn to identify both the empowering and dis-empowering properties of words and deeds and to consider the relationship of race, gender, class and ethnicity as well as the manifestation and effects of gender bias in society.   Your suggestions and submissions are welcomed.
Research on Women and Education     Women’s Media Center     OnTrack Women’s Financial Empowerment Center     The Community Foundation of WNC – Women for Women grants     Western Women’s Business Center     Womansong of Asheville Women’s Chorus & New Start Program

Bounty & Soul – creating a health and wellness movement

Bounty & Soul is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a health and wellness movement in underserved communities in Buncombe and McDowell Counties. Our fresh, free food markets provide healthy, fresh produce and whole grains along with nutrition education and health and wellness resources for children, families, individuals, and seniors who struggle with food insecurity and poor health. We offer our services at five weekly markets.


Women Proutists of North America and Rising Sun Newsletter

Mission Statement
Women PROUTists are working together to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. We educate and organize our communities to resist oppression, exploitation and discrimination. Women PROUTists support the all-round physical, economic, intellectual and spiritual development of women.  For more information visit us Women Proutists of North America

Read the RISING SUN NEWS 


TOGETHER WE RISE: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World

“We stood together, using our collective voice as a clear act of resistance. The Women’s March showed the world and now this book amplifies the message: We will not be silenced.”  — Tracee Ellis Ross

“A collection of photos and oral histories that expertly blends the larger-than-life power of the movement and small-scale moments shared among the women in charge… Large and plentiful photos show many shades of hope and inclusion in this energizing and emotional trip through the movement.”  — Booklist *starred review*


THANK YOU ALABAMA! “The Karma’s Gonna Come On Down” by Lytingale

 
Angry old white man sittin’ in a tower.

Angry old white men sittin’ on the bench.

Angry old white men clingin’ to your power

But the karma’s gonna come on down.

Lies are lies, not alternative facts.

Lies are lies, and the truth’ll come out.

Lies are lies, you better clean up your act

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down

(Chorus:)

The karma’s gonna come on down.

The karma’s gonna come on down real soon.

Do unto others what you want done to you,

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down.  Oh, yeah.


For Guys Reading #MeToo Testimonies

BY COURTNEY E. MARTIN (@COURTWRITES), COLUMNIST

First, read the #metoo stories on your Facebook or Twitter feed.

Read about the bosses and teachers and neighbors and friends who have sexually harassed and assaulted the people you know and maybe even love. Pay special attention to the stories. You will see patterns. You will shudder at the abuses of power. You might even feel sick to your stomach. Then immediately…

Do nothing.

Sit in silence. Don’t say anything. Don’t retweet anything. Don’t text anyone. Just sit there. Maybe even close your eyes. Feel what you feel. Continue reading

 


THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: Unfinished Business for the Constitution – PLEASE JOIN THE EFFORT!

In 2017, it is impossible to argue that the amendment is inappropriate, since one who does so implies that women should be legally subjugated.

It’s equally impossible to claim that the amendment is unnecessary, given the continuing inequality we see.

So the remaining argument against the ERA boils down to coded variations of “it would upset the balance of power” — in other words, it would give women a fair chanceContinue reading


Recy Taylor, Civil Rights Heroine dies at 97

Recy Taylor, whose bold testimony in 1944 helped lay the foundation for the civil rights movement, quietly passed away this morning (December 28) She would’ve been 98 on Sunday. She is survived by a number of loving & devoted family members. She inspired me & many to use our voices as weapons

Photo Credit: Danielle L. McGuire

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Recy Taylor (December 31, 1919 – December 28, 2017was a black woman from Abbeville in Henry County, Alabama, US. On September 3, 1944, she was kidnappedwhile leaving church and gang-raped by six white men.  Even though the men admitted the rape to authorities, two grand juries subsequently declined to indict the men, meaning no charges were ever brought against her six assailants.

In 2011, the Alabama House of Representatives apologized on behalf of the state “for its failure to prosecute her attackers.” Taylor’s rape and the subsequent court cases were among the first instances of nationwide protest and activism among the African American community, and ended up providing an early organizational spark for the Civil Rights Movement. from Wikipedia


COME SING WITH WOMANSONG 2018! Auditions January 29th

Come sing with Womansong, Asheville’s largest women’s community choir! We are actively inviting women of color and women under 50 to join us for the 2018 season. We believe that accepting and respecting individual differences enriches us, our music and our community, thus we actively embrace and encourage a diverse membership within Womansong. Childcare provided for members.  For more information go to:   www.womansong.org

Visit us in January to see what we’re about.  Auditions are being held January 29th.  
(photo credit: Scott Lessing)

 


Hard2Recycle and Asheville GreenWorks

Waste reduction and recycling is a major component of our work. Establishing new recycling locations and educating the public about reducing our environmental footprint is one of our core missions. We organize the H2R collections and our Volunteers bring out the muscle for these events. If you would like to volunteer or become an event sponsor, click HERE. For more information call:  828-254-1776


What makes some men sexual harassers? Science tries to explain the creeps of the world.

By William Wan – The Washington Post

The list of alleged sexual harassers keeps getting longer and the details of sexual assault and harassment ever more disturbing. The torrent of cases pouring out in news reports and Twitter— tales of men grabbing women, emerging naked from showers uninvited, threatening women’s careers, or worse — raises a horrified question: What makes these men behave this way? Continue reading

 

 


Minnie Driver: men like Matt Damon ‘cannot understand what abuse is like’

 in the Guardian

The actor Minnie Driver has told the Guardian that men “simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level” and should not therefore attempt to differentiate or explain sexual misconduct against women. 

Driver was discussing comments by Matt Damon, whom she once dated and with whom she starred in the Oscar-winning 1997 film Good Will Hunting. In an interview with ABC News this week, Damon said alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men involved “a spectrum of behaviour”.

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‘Feminism’ is Merriam Webster’s 2017 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is a quantitative measure of interest in a particular word. Our online dictionary gives us insight into the collective curiosity of the public, with millions of words looked up every month. When we look back at the past twelve months and combine an analysis of words that have seen a rise over the previous year along with instances of intense spikes of interest because of news events, we see that one word stands out in both categories. Word of the Year 2017: Feminism + 9 more ..Read why feminism is our Word of the Year, plus dotard, syzygy, gaffe, and 6 more top words . Photo credit: Molly Adams and Merriam Webster  Continue reading

 


Five Myths About Female Veterans

Jerri Bell, a retired naval officer, is a co-author, with Tracy Crow, of “It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories From the American Revolution to Afghanistan.” – in the Washington Post

Veterans Day is an occasion to recall the service of our troops. But women’s stories have often been absent from those recollections. Works of fiction and nonfiction, memoirs (such as Mary Jennings Hegar’s), documentaries (including “The Invisible War”) and dramas (such as “Blood Stripe”) have helped show this side of the armed forces. Still, myths about female veterans endure. Kayla Williams, who wrote a memoir about serving as an Army linguist in Iraq, remembers an infantryman who was “sure that women troops would be flown by helicopter to shower every three days.” Here are some of the most persistent misconceptions.   Continue reading


Let’s Talk About Sex–And Reproductive Justice

BY AMIE NEWMAN | OUR BODIES OURSELVES

Thanks to the reproductive justice collective SisterSong and the group’s allies and partners, reproductive justice is a phrase and a concept well-known within the reproductive health and rights movement. But it wasn’t always that way. In 1994, a group of Black women issued a very public call to action in the Washington Post demanding that the healthcare needs of the most marginalized be included in President Clinton’s healthcare reform legislation. Specifically, they demanded universal health care and spoke to the necessity for Black women’s access to reproductive health care. They called reproductive freedom “a life and death issue for many Black women” and said it “deserves as much recognition as any other freedom.” The group, Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, helped catapult these ideas and organized Black women around the country in support of reproductive justice and the intersection of human rights and reproductive rights for women of color.  Continue reading

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