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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

Dear ERA Advocates: One more state. Not one more generation. ERA ADVOCACY DAY, June 27 in Raleigh!

We urge you to participate in ERA-NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 27th at the NCGA in Raleigh. This CALL TO ACTION comes on the heels of Illinois becoming the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Only one more state ratification is needed to amend the US Constitution. NC is now the face of the national conversation. Our state is poised to make history, becoming the 38th and final state needed to push the passage of the amendment over the top.


OUR BODIES OUR BLOG – Call for Women Who Experience Pain with Sex

A Call for Women Who Experience Pain with Sex and for Health Care Providers Who Treat Them

By Guest Writer Marta Milkowska

My name is Marta Milkowska and I am a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am working on a project aimed to better understand the problem of pain during sex – something experienced by many women. This summer, with support from Our Bodies Ourselves and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Public Policy Program, I am seeking interviews with individuals who fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Women ages 16 to 35 who experience pain during sex
  • Women who have successfully reduced or eliminated pain during sex
  • Physical therapists and medical clinicians (such as ob/gyns, family practice physicians, and internists) with experience diagnosing and treating pain during sex 

I Will Teach You: by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

by Tae Yun Kim, syndicated from Parabola in The Daily Good

At age seven, Tae Yun Kim gazed upon her uncles practicing an ancient martial art. She was awestruck. Never before had she seen something so beautiful and exciting, their movements both natural and mystical. She decided right then and there she had to learn. There was only one problem: She was a girl in 1950s South Korea, and this was a five-thousand-year-old culture and tradition. When Kim asked to train with them, she was told, “You’re supposed to learn how to cook and sew. And if you’re lucky, someone will find you a husband. . . . ” Continue reading

 

 


OnTrack Financial Education Calendar & Women’s Financial Education Center

Financially knowledgeable women make better decisions for themselves and their families, increasing their economic security and well being. The Women’s Financial Empowerment Center provides OnTrack WNC’s full range of financial counseling and education services with a women-centered approach, responding to women’s unique needs and perspectives, to help them reach their financial goals. Financial Education Calendar


DIFFERENT STROKES Performing Arts Collective – ELEEMOSYNARY June 14th – 30th

Click here for tickets: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

Buy tickets for Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing

June 14th-30th

written by Lee Blessing
directed by Kristi DeVille

Staged with utmost simplicity, using platforms and a few props, the play probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie’s daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect—and sensitivity—whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea.


Here’s one example of how women’s invisibility happens. What are your examples? by Lisa Sarasohn

By invitation, I submitted a workshop proposal, titled “Gate of the Mysterious Female,” to a Tai Chi conference. In the Tao Te Ching, ancient writing that points to the principles of Tai Chi, the “Mysterious Female” refers to the non-dual, world-creating Source Energy that both surrounds us and abides within our body’s center.


WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS: HIGHER ED & THE FUTURE OF WORK

College Degrees Bring Significant Benefits to Single Mothers and Society

Single mothers who complete an associate or bachelor’s degree earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more over their lifetimes and have significantly lower rates of poverty than single mothers with only high school diplomas, according to a new analysis recently released by IWPR. The analysis, which is the first of its kind, finds that public or institutional investments in services, such as child care and case management, boost graduation rates and more than pay for themselves through graduates’ increased tax contributions and reduced public benefits. But access to these benefits must be improved; currently, only 8 percent of single mothers who enroll in two- or four-year programs graduate with a degree.


Pisgah Legal’s 8th ANNUAL POVERTY FORUM , Making Ends Meet: WOMEN AND POVERTY IN WNC Thursday, October 4

Pisgah Legal’s 8th ANNUAL POVERTY FORUM with Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and
Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and author of “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.”
Tickets go on sale August 15. More details to come!


North Carolina State POLICY WATCH – Teacher authors open letter to sponsor of controversial bill to allow municipal charters

In this issue:

Teacher authors open letter to sponsor of controversial bill to allow municipal charters

By Stuart Egan

Editor’s note: One of the most controversial bills to come before the 2018 legislative session is House Bill 514, a proposal to allow four Mecklenburg County towns to set up charter schools. Together with language inserted into the budget bill allowing North Carolina municipalities to spend property tax revenues on any public school that “benefits the residents of the city,” including charter schools, the bill represents a potentially “crossing of the Rubicon” moment in the history of public school funding in North Carolina. The following open letter to the bill sponsor, Rep. Bill Brawley, was authored by a Forsyth school teacher and frequent education commentator Stuart Egan.]


*Women AdvaNCe – 2018 NC WOMEN’S SUMMIT MOVING MOUNTAINS

The North Carolina Women’s Summit: Women Moving Mountains is November 10, 2018 at The Collider in Downtown Asheville. This is the first time in four years we’ve gone west and we’re very excited about the journey.

More details will be announced this spring, but the Summit will be in late October/early November and we hope you’ll make plans to join us.


Have Guns Become an Idol in the U.S.? from Women AdvaNCe

Editor’s Note: We think this piece is particularly relevant as the nation absorbs one more act of gun violence. This piece is not intended to advocate for a particular religious position, but rather give us all another perspective on the gun debate.


Behavioral Health Care Integration in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medscape – MedGenMed Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health

Jean M. Cassidy, LCSW, BCD, Virginia A. Boyle, PhD, Hal C. Lawrence, MD

Abstract and Introduction

Depression, anxiety, and somatoform disorders are 2 to 3 times more prevalent in women than in men. Since the advent of managed care and other pressures on the healthcare delivery system in the United States, there has been a notable diminishment of services and service funding for treatment of mental health conditions, whether they are temporary, transitional, or chronic. As a result of this trend, we have seen an increase in the number of patients seeking help for emotional and mental health concerns from their family doctors or, in the case of women, from their obstetrician-gynecologists. We have also found that emotional and mental health problems are often converted into physical symptomatology that carries fewer stigmas and is often viewed as easier to treat. Many women use their obstetrician-gynecologists for primary care, particularly during their reproductive years. Provision of behavioral healthcare is critical to health maintenance for many of these women. Barriers to the integration of behavioral healthcare into obstetrics and gynecology practice need to be understood and systemically addressed.


Announcing the Empower Coalition of youth activists and allies!

Youth Empower is so excited to announce the launch of the Empower Coalition!

The Empower Coalition aims to empower youth to register and turn out to vote in the Midterm Elections in numbers too great to ignore. But that’s just the beginning: We’re coming together to advocate for legislation at the local, statewide, and national level that will create positive change for youth.


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