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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

PLEASE, NIX ALL SIX CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS – Here they are for you to judge

If you haven’t been following the 6 Constitutional Amendments that our NC General Assembly is putting on the November ballot, here they are in a nutshell.  NIX all SIX is what we’re proposing as they would devastate our state if they are written into the NC Constitution!  Please pass this on! Some can seem innocuous at first until you dig deeper and understand the potential or what is not being stated.  Diane Amos


Couples Therapy Can Help Partners CommunicateBy Howard M. Turney, Ph.D., MSW and Rebecca F. Ward, MSW, LCSW

By Howard M. Turney, Ph.D., MSW and Rebecca F. Ward, MSW, LCSW

Couples really benefit from therapy. Self-help books, TV, movies and commercials are all about relationships. We are a species that needs relationships; most of the happiest folks are those who have found good friendships as well as a close emotionally intimate relationship. This is a complicated union, and a marital relationship often needs help to guide it through developmental phases so it can progress to the warm, loving comfort of a good marriage.


NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS is shared by a woman, the first in 55 years

By Eliza Mackintosh, CNN

American Arthur Ashkin, Frenchman Gérard Mourou and Canadian Donna Strickland share annual award for advances in laser physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years, and for only the third time in its history.

Donna Strickland, a Canadian physicist, was awarded the 2018 prize jointly with Gérard Mourou, from France, for their work on generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. They share the award with an American, Arthur Ashkin, who at 96 becomes the oldest Nobel Laureate, for developing “optical tweezers.”
Both inventions had “revolutionized laser physics,” the Royal Swedish Academy said.  Continue reading

HELPMATE of ASHEVILLE – SAFE HAVEN SOCIETY Envision a World Free of Violence!

Empowering Our Community to Create a World Free of Violence
Safe Haven Society
At Helpmate, we are fortunate to have the strong support of our generous community. Our collaborations with other organizations, partnerships with area businesses, the participation of many faith communities, and the ongoing philanthropy of individuals makes this work possible, and we are grateful.  Contact Helpmate


ERA: Our Equality Pledge is up and running! See Who’s for Gender Equality in the U.S.

Dear Equality Warrior,

Our Equality Pledge is up and running!  

Let’s shine a warm, fuzzy light on the marvelous candidates who signed the Equal Means Equal Equality Pledge this week and committed to vote “yes” on ERA and equality for all Americans! 


JUSTICE FOR WOMEN CHALLENGE LAUNCHED Up to $150,000 in matching funds pledged to help WNC women

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of last Thursday’s Poverty Forum. 700+ people attended this informative event to learn how and why so many women struggle to make ends meet.75% of Pisgah Legal Services’ clients are women striving to make a better life for themselves and their family. In response to the growing need for our services, generous supporters have taken action and will your gift match dollar for dollar up to $150,000! Find out how you can help our neighbors not just survive but thrive. #Justice4Women.


This third grade teacher’s classroom lessons on consent are perfection.

by  in Upworthy

Liz Kleinrock has used America’s heated discourse on sexual violence as the springboard for lessons on consent for her third graders.

Kleinrock, who teaches at Citizens of the World Charter School Silver Lake in Los Angeles, took to Facebook and Instagram to share the visual aids she uses in her lessons about about consent.  Click here to continue reading


SCREENING OF “LEGALIZE EQUALITY” – Environmental & Social Justice Film Night – Friday, October 19th, 7 PM Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville

Are Men and Women in the U.S. equal under the law?  NO!!!  The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee equal rights for women.  According to the late Justice Scalia, “Certainly the  Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only question is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”


Mapping the Gender Imbalance in City Street Names

November 6, 2015

This August, activist group Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) installed guerrilla signs in Paris to rename streets and parks after women like singer Nina Simone, sailor Florence Arthaud, and author Simone de Beauvoir because only 2.6 percent of the French capital’s streets are named for women. That action inspired Aruna Sankaranarayanan and her colleagues at Mapbox to create an analysis of “Mapping Female versus Male Street Names” in seven major cities.


**Pan Harmonia announces 2018 MUSIC & POETRY FUSION COMPETITION for NC WOMEN WRITERS

In celebration of its 20th season (2019-2020), Pan Harmonia, Asheville chamber music collective, has commissioned composer Dosia McKay to create an innovative work for voice, flute, bassoon and guitar for the chamber music repertoire and for the citizens of North Carolina. This endeavor is funded by a North Carolina Arts Council Program Support grant and private donors.


Historic moment: Women are majority of Democratic candidates for House

 Aviva Stahl | POLITICS  in WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER News & Features

Ayanna Pressley edged out a man who had held onto a Democratic House seat for 10 terms. For the first time in history, white men constitute a minority of people running as Democrats for seats in the House of Representatives, according to an analysis published Tuesday by Politico. More women and people of color may be elected to serve the House than ever before and, in doing so, shift the Democratic Party toward more progressive positions on criminal justice reform, access to health care, and other issues. 


New Census Data Shows that the GENDER WAGE GAP IS NOT CLOSING

With virtually no change in the gender wage gap in 2017, women will not see equal pay for 41 more years at the current rate

The gender wage gap widened between women of all racial and ethnic groups and White men

Washington, DC—A fact sheet by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) uses updated data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau to chart the gender earnings ratio since 1960 and analyzes changes in earnings during the last year by gender, race, and ethnicity. The gender wage ratio remained unchanged from 2016 at 80.5 percent.


REWRITING LIFE STORIES: Change a Life – Volunteer to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

Change a Life: Volunteer 

Are you interested in volunteering as a Reading Coach or Reading Buddy? Sign up for training this Fall. Don’t wait, classes fill up quickly. First classes start in mid September. Click here for more information: http://www.r2sasheville.org/volunteer.html

The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle. Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).


EQUAL MEANS EQUAL CAMPAIGN NATIONWIDE The push is on to have the ERA Ratified in the U.S. NOW!

In celebration of equality and the fight for Human Rights, EQUAL MEANS EQUAL & the Heroica Foundation present five performances of Harold Pinter’s one-act play “The Lover” starring Activist, Actress and Film Director, Kamala Lopez in Los Angeles.
 
All proceeds will support Equal Means Equal’s campaign and programs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Equal Means Equal is the only national organization to focus on ratifying the original ERA. Campaign Ambassadors include Patricia Arquette, Academy Award-winning actress; Sarabeth Stroller, leader of “Free the Nipple” movement; Lizzy Jagger, model, and daughter of Mick Jagger. For tickets, please visit here.

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