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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

It’s really simple, isn’t it?

R E S P E C T.

Playlist of rare early recordings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoyBx7wZL4U&list=OLAK5uy_lhcYIKZTdQnlatBfDXbBqUIAvCKqG8J_k

 
“When Ms. Aretha Franklin sang ‘Respect,’ the Otis Redding song that became her signature, it was never just about how a woman wanted to be greeted by a spouse coming home from work. It was a demand for equality and freedom and a harbinger of feminism, carried by a voice that would accept nothing less.” The New York Times
 
Offered by Tom Cassidy    Atlanta, Georgia
 
 

ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL 5th ANNUAL HARVEST CONFERENCE for Do-It-Yourself Enthusiasts Sept. 7-8

The Harvest Conference is an educational event that offers affordable classes on organic growing and sustainable living. This year, we’re changing things up—instead of one day of many short classes, we’re offering a small selection of 2-day workshops taught by outstanding guest speakers. You may register for the first day (Friday only) of any workshop—or—both days (Friday and Saturday) for a more in-depth experience. Register Now


Central Park’s first-ever female statue is coming in 2020

The women behind the first statue of a woman from history to be erected in New York City’s Central Park discuss its groundbreaking importance.

In 1995, the artist Meredith Bergmann was working on a film set in Central Park when she noticed something was off. 

“I noticed then there were no statues of women,” said Bergmann. “There was a wonderful Alice in Wonderland sculpture, but there were no sculptures of actual women of note and accomplishment.”  Click here to continue reading


A History of the WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS (WASP) 75th Anniversary 2018

In 1942, as the country reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. The Army also was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools in the South. Twenty-eight experienced civilian women pilots volunteered to take those ferrying jobs. They formed the country’s first female squadron late summer 1942.


*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.


LET HER RISE – Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:30 am-1:30 pm – Charlotte, N C

Let Her Rise: A Conversation on Workplace Equity for Women

It’s 2018 and women are speaking up and changing the world, yet they still lag behind men in terms of salary, advancement, and other markers of success. Please join the North Carolina Justice Center for a luncheon about how companies and local governments are pursuing policy changes that better support women and allow them to thrive and advance in the workplace. 


The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (followed by The New Depressus)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


FEATURED WORK “Be Nobody’s Darlin’ : Womanism as an Early Response to Racism within Feminism,and Sexism within the Civil Rights Movement

By Freesia McKee – Warren Wilson College 2009

Author’s Statement: I got my start in activism back in my hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Womanist
1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e., frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “You acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one. Interested in grown-up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.” Responsible. In charge. Serious.


The Senate’s quietest rock star has some very tough questions for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

by Joan McCarter in the Daily Kos

Quietly and determinedly, Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has become one of the fiercest voices among the still too-small cadre of women senators. She’s doing it in the nomination hearings of all five of the committees she sits on, starting with these questions.

“Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?”

“Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” Click here to Continue reading


Join Asheville’s 17th ORGANICFEST Celebration Sunday, August 26, 2018 Pack Square Asheville

Asheville’s  Organicfest is a festive, family friendly organic lifestyle event. Join us on Sunday, August 26, 2017 in Pack Square Park for a FUNtastic celebration filled with live music, organic eats, organic samplings, giveaways and more…


BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCE MANAGEMENT with Dawn Starks at SimpleMoneyPro.com

I have been a financial planner for over twenty years.  During that time, I have read just about every personal finance book under the sun.  Why do I torture myself so?  In the early days of my practice, I hosted a call-in radio show in Asheville, NC, called Money Matters.  For five years I spent an hour each Saturday morning discussing every financial topic imaginable. 


#AskMoreOfHim: 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence

By Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team

Please help us move the needle this week by sharing the 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence with your community. Together, we will support survivors, condemn sexism, and hold ourselves and others accountable for a more just and equitable world for all. 

Click here for 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence


DIFFERENT STROKES Performing Arts Collective

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Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.   


THE CAROLINA MOUNTAIN LITERARY FESTIVAL – Burnsville, N C September 7 – 8

“The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is the best literary festival you will find anywhere…Other festivals may try to copy it, but it requires more than a schedule of popular authors and a solid plan of action; it requires the love of a community with open arms.  And holding the festival in the magnificent mountains of Western North Carolina in September helps a little too.”  — Kevin Watson, Press53


SO, WHAT DO WE DO? We Keep on RESISTING! sent in from Jane Edwards, (our local political analyst) PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS

Treason against the United States is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Cleaving to, or joining an enemy, as President Donald J. Trump did today, and in the past, is treason. Pure and simple.


Time to Recycle Smarter

The United States has exported a third of its recyclables to China for many years without any issues. It worked well. Americans like to recycle and China wanted the materials to feed their manufacturing base.   However, beginning in 2013, China began to make a series of policies shifts to reduce the amount and types of recyclable materials into their country. 


OVERLOOKED NO MORE: Emma Gatewood, First Woman to Conquer the Appalachian Trail Alone

Offered by Andrea Davis

The Washington Post’s New Series   

With Overlooked, our new collection of obituaries for people who never got them, The Times is recalling the lives of those who were passed over for generations, for whatever reasons. Some were famous, like the poet Sylvia Plath, while others were more obscure, like the first American woman to win an Olympic championship (without ever knowing it).

Have a Suggestion for an Overlooked Obit? We Want to Hear From You


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