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Science Says Period Brains Aren’t A Thing: Women Are Not Surprised – Our Bodies Our Blog

Finally, a study shows what those of us who menstruate already know: there is no such thing as “period brain.” According to researchers in Switzerland and Germany who collected data on 88 women, there is “no consistent association between women’s hormone levels, in particular, estrogen and progesterone, and attention, working memory, and cognitive bias.”

OurBodiesOurselves

What the Standing Rock Resistance Can Teach Us About Reproductive Justice for Native American Women

Last weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through Standing Rock Sioux tribal land and look for alternative routes. The decision, which came after months of protest by thousands of Native people and supporters, will at least temporarily protect the tribe’s sacred ground and clean water supply. Continue reading


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Women’s Media Center SheSource database of women experts

WMC SheSource Experts for Journalists and Media

Women’s Media Center’s SheSource database of women experts is the go-to resource for journalists, bookers, and producers seeking women experts to appear on TV and to quote in print and online media.  When you need an expert perspective or a source on the leading issues of the day, come to WMC SheSource and we will connect you to leading experts from every field.  Click for SheSource experts

Why do we need WMC SheSource?

‘The sad fact is, gender inequality is so deeply ingrained in our culture, most people don’t realize there’s a problem….No major (issue) can be approached effectively without including the needs, views, and talents of the other half of the population …. We are all responsible for changing the conversation.  Not tomorrow, but right now.’
– Jane Fonda, Women’s Media Center co-founder


Featured Book TRANSFORMING HATE: AN ARTIST’S BOOK – 2016 by Clarissa T. Sligh

Transforming Hate is a project comprised of folded origami cranes, photographs, installations, artist books, other image-text narratives, and workshops with local community organizations. In this work, historical elements are used as a framing device to construct the evolution of our shared identity… Origami cranes were folded from pages of white supremacist books.


ASHEVILLE LYRIC OPERA

 Asheville Lyric Opera Mainstage Performances

Asheville Lyric Opera is a professional, non-profit Opera Company located in Asheville, North Carolina. Because of its location, ALO has provides Western North Carolina with a magnitude of theatrical experiences at a central location, the Diana Wortham Theatre, in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Mission Statement: Building a professional opera company in Asheville and presenting an educational outreach within area schools and universities, thereby becoming a part of and enhancing the life of the family of arts and culture in Western North Carolina.


EXCLUSIVE: Kate Swift, Feminist Wordsmith, 1923 to 2011

Nonsexist-language pioneer Kate Swift, 87, died early Saturday morning after a brief encounter with abdominal cancer. Her generous legacy to the world includes her revolutionary influence on our language as well as her productive activism (she helped effect Connecticut’s marriage equality act, protect prochoice legislation, promote progressive candidates, protest the war on Iraq, and conserve the environment).


Decades of painful activism pays off for Ireland’s abortion campaigners

The Guardian

For many, Friday’s vote was not just the culmination of months of campaigning, but years of pushing for change.

Three decades ago, Anne Marie Keary was threatened with jail, burdened with legal bills and grappling with abuse and threats that poured down her phone, because she had published phone numbers for British abortion clinics in a student welfare guide.


District 10 and 11 Senators and Representatives in NC General Assembly By County

 

BURKE COUNTY

 

Senator Warren Daniel

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 46 
BurkeCleveland

 

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 627 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 715-7823

Warren.Daniel@ncleg.net

Office:

627 Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

4     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Attorney

District Address:

P.O. Box 1825, Morganton, NC 28680

District Phone:

(828) 433-0700

 

Representative Hugh Blackwell

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 86 
Burke

 

N.C. House of Representatives
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 541 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

919-733-5805

Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net

Office:

541 Legislative Office Building

Terms in House:

5     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Attorney

Address:

321 Mountain View Ave SE, Valdese, NC 28690

Phone:

828-879-8454

Military Experience:

US Army Reserves

No Gifts List*:

Yes

Legislative Assistant:

Dixie Riehm

 

Representative David Rogers

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 112 
BurkeRutherford

 

N.C. House of Representatives
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 418C 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

919-733-5749

David.Rogers@ncleg.net

Office:

418C Legislative Office Building

Terms in House:

1.5     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Attorney

Address:

PO Box 469, Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Phone:

919-733-5749

Legislative Assistant:

Baxter Knight

BUNCOMBE COUNTY

 

Senator Chuck Edwards

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 48 
BuncombeHendersonTransylvania

 

N.C. Senate
16 W Jones Street, Room 2115 
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

919-733-5745

Chuck.Edwards@ncleg.net

Office:

2115 Legislative Building

Terms in Senate:

1+     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Small Business Owner

District Address:

16 West Jones Street, Room 2115, Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

District Phone:

919-733-5745

 

Senator Terry Van Duyn

Democratic Whip

2017-2018 Session

Democrat – District 49 
Buncombe

 

N.C. Senate
16 W Jones Street, Room 1025 
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

(919) 715-3001

Terry.VanDuyn@ncleg.net

Office:

1025 Legislative Building

Terms in Senate:

2+     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Retired Systems Analyst

District Address:

16 West Jones Street, Room 1025, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

District Phone:

(919) 715-3001

 

Representative Susan C. Fisher

2017-2018 Session

Democrat – District 114 
Buncombe

 

N.C. House of Representatives
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 504 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

919-715-2013

Susan.Fisher@ncleg.net

Office:

504 Legislative Office Building

Terms in House:

7.5     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Legislator

Address:

7 Maple Ridge Ln, Asheville, NC 28806

Phone:

828-258-5355

No Gifts List?:

Yes

Legislative Assistant:

Cindy Garrison

 

Representative John Ager

2017-2018 Session

Democrat – District 115 
Buncombe

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 1315 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-733-5746

John.Ager@ncleg.net

Office:

1315 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

2     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Land Manager

Address:

15 Clarke Ln, Fairview, NC 28730

Phone:

828-628-2616

Legislative Assistant:

Meredith Graf

 

Representative Brian Turner

2017-2018 Session

Democrat – District 116 
Buncombe

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 1209 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-715-3012

Brian.Turner@ncleg.net

Office:

1209 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

2     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Commercial Real Estate Agent

Address:

10 Cedarcliff Rd., Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

 

Legislative Assistant:

Anna Stearns

CALDWELL COUNTY

 

Senator Deanna Ballard

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 45 
AlleghanyAsheAveryCaldwellWatauga

 

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 521 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 733-5742

Deanna.Ballard@ncleg.net

Office:

521 Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

1+     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Director, Office of President/CEO, Samaritan’s Purse & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

District Address:

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 521, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

District Phone:

(919) 733-5742

 

Representative Destin Hall

Majority Freshman Leader

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 87 
Caldwell

 

N.C. House of Representatives
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 306C 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

919-733-5931

Destin.Hall@ncleg.net

Office:

306C Legislative Office Building

Terms in House:

1     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Attorney

Address:

606 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC 28645

Legislative Assistant:

Katelyn Garlow

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATAWBA COUNTY

 

Senator Andy Wells

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 42 
AlexanderCatawba

 

N.C. Senate
16 W Jones Street, Room 1028 
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

(919) 733-5876

Andy.Wells@ncleg.net

Office:

1028 Legislative Building

Terms in Senate:

2     (1 in House)

Occupation:

Real Estate

District Address:

1301 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601

District Phone:

828-322-7169

 

Representative Mitchell S. Setzer

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 89 
Catawba

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 2204 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-733-4948

Mitchell.Setzer@ncleg.net

Office:

2204 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

10     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Business Executive – Vice President, Smith Setzer & Sons, Inc.

Address:

PO Box 416, Catawba, NC 28609

Phone:

828-241-3570

No Gifts List?:

Yes

Legislative Assistant:

Margaret Herring

 

Representative Jay Adams

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 96 
Catawba

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 2223 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-733-5988

Jay.Adams@ncleg.net

Office:

2223 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

2     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Commercial Real Estate Broker

Address:

PO Box 217, Hickory, NC 28603

Phone:

919-733-5988

Legislative Assistant:

Susan Phillips

CHEROKEE, CLAY, GRAHAM, MACON COUNTIES

 

Senator Jim Davis

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 50 
CherokeeClayGrahamHaywood

JacksonMaconSwain

 

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 621 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 733-5875

Jim.Davis@ncleg.net

Office:

621 Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

4     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Orthodontist

District Address:

37 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734

District Phone:

(828)342-4483

 

Representative Kevin Corbin

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 120 
CherokeeClayGrahamMacon

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 2215 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-733-5859

Kevin.Corbin@ncleg.net

Office:

2215 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

1     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Owner, Corbin Insurance Agency and Blue Ridge Insurance Group

Address:

PO Box 758, Franklin, NC 28744

Phone:

828-524-7799

Legislative Assistant:

Cindy Hobbs

 

 

CLEVELAND COUNTY

 

Senator Warren Daniel

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 46 
BurkeCleveland

 

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 627 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 715-7823

Warren.Daniel@ncleg.net

Office:

627 Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

4     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Attorney

District Address:

P.O. Box 1825, Morganton, NC 28680

District Phone:

(828) 433-0700

 

Representative Kelly E. Hastings

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 110 
ClevelandGaston

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 1206 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-715-2002

Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net

Office:

1206 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

4     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Realtor

Address:

PO Box 488, Cherryville, NC 28021

Phone:

704-473-3468

Military Experience:

US Marine Corps and Reserve

Legislative Assistant:

James Jenkins

 

Representative Tim Moore

Speaker

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 111 
Cleveland

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 2304 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-733-3451

Tim.Moore@ncleg.net

 

Office:

2304 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

8     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Attorney

Address:

305 East King St, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Phone:

704-739-1221

No Gifts List?:

Yes

Legislative Assistant:

Brittany Eller

GASTON COUNTY

 

Senator David L. Curtis

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 44 
GastonIredellLincoln

 

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 410 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 715-3038

David.Curtis@ncleg.net

Office:

410 Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

3     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Optometrist

District Address:

P.O. Box 278, Denver, NC 28037

 

Senator Kathy Harrington

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 43 
Gaston

 

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 300-C 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 733-5734

Kathy.Harrington@ncleg.net

Office:

300-C Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

4     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Real Estate Broker

District Address:

3324 Lincoln Lane, Gastonia, NC 28056

 

Representative Kelly E. Hastings

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 110 
ClevelandGaston

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 1206 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-715-2002

Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net

Office:

1206 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

4     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Realtor

Address:

PO Box 488, Cherryville, NC 28021

Phone:

704-473-3468

Military Experience:

US Marine Corps and Reserve

Legislative Assistant:

James Jenkins

 

Representative John A. Torbett

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 108 
Gaston

 

N.C. House of Representatives
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 538 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

919-733-5868

John.Torbett@ncleg.net

Office:

538 Legislative Office Building

Terms in House:

4     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Legislator

Address:

210 Blueridge Dr, Stanley, NC 28164

Phone:

704-263-9282

No Gifts List?:

Yes

Legislative Assistant:

Viddia Torbett

 

Representative Dana Bumgardner

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 109 
Gaston

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 2119 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-733-5809

Dana.Bumgardner@ncleg.net

Office:

2119 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

3     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

President – LPM, Inc.

Address:

3517 Lincoln Ln, Gastonia, NC 28056

Phone:

704-861-1648

Legislative Assistant:

Margie Penven

HAYWOOD COUNTY

 

Senator Jim Davis

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 50 
CherokeeClayGrahamHaywood

JacksonMaconSwain

 

N.C. Senate
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 621 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 733-5875

Jim.Davis@ncleg.net

Office:

621 Legislative Office Building

Terms in Senate:

4     (0 in House)

Occupation:

Orthodontist

District Address:

37 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734

District Phone:

(828)342-4483

 

Representative Michele D. Presnell

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 118 
HaywoodMadisonYancey

 

N.C. House of Representatives
300 N Salisbury Street, Room 306B2 
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

919-733-5732

Michele.Presnell@ncleg.net

Office:

306B2 Legislative Office Building

Terms in House:

3     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Small Business Owner

Address:

316 Woodstock Dr, Burnsville, NC 28714

Phone:

828-208-3874

Legislative Assistant:

John Wall

 

Representative Mike Clampitt

2017-2018 Session

Republican – District 119 
HaywoodJacksonSwain

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W Jones Street, Room 1420 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

919-715-3005

Mike.Clampitt@ncleg.net

Office:

1420 Legislative Building

Terms in House:

1     (0 in Senate)

Occupation:

Retired Fire Captain – Charlotte Fire Department

Address:

PO Box 2000, Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone:

828-736-6222

Legislative Assistant:

Edward Stiles

 

 


Seven Stories of Street Harassment – Our Bodies Ourselves by Dylan Campbell

 

 

 

 

“It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.” – Michelle Obama         


Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation News

This fall, WWD-F is developing some exciting programs at its Hillcrest Resource Center.There will be some practical workshops and classes for the residents, including a course in soap making, a doula training for residents, and GED tutoring classes. We have also partnered with the Manna Food Bank to run a monthly food pop-up for the community that provides fresh produce and other grocery items to families in need.

The HRC is also expanding its Get Fit Hillcrest initiative by offering a variety of workshops and opportunities for residents to get serious about their health through diet and exercise. And new on the horizon is the Hillcrest Youth Initiative, a week-long after-school program for middle school youth.


My Sistah Taught Me That – the girl’s developmental program in Asheville

My Sistah Taught Me That (MSTMT) is a young girl’s developmental program designed to encourage, inspire, educate, and empower young girls ages 11-19 with a special focus on girls growing up in single parent homes without their father.  This program was created so young ladies in Buncombe County and surrounding areas in Western North Carolina may have the chance to be exposed to professional leaders in our community who are dedicated to providing opportunities, open dialogue, and exposure to things they wouldn’t routinely do, with the intent of helping them grow and mature.


Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Hillary Clinton

 

Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Hillary Clinton – It launched with the sound of a young girl’s voice, calling a hotline for women forced into marriage, her words spanning across the giant stage at New York’s Lincoln Center. The girl was British, but she’d overheard her parents talking about shipping her off to Pakistan—for a forced marriage. “Put a spoon in your underwear,” we hear a woman tell her. The audience is puzzled. “When you go through airport security,” the woman continues, “the alarm will sound, and you can tell the guard your story.”


The Community Foundation of WNC

Mission: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.

Vision: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s vision is a vibrant 18-county region where all people can find opportunity and enjoy the region’s many resources.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 to build a permanent pool of charitable capital for the 18 counties of Western North Carolina. We work with individuals, families and corporations to create and manage charitable funds and make grants to nonprofits or public agencies in our region.

We manage $247 million (March 2016) in assets with a long-term investment strategythat permanently protects and grows these funds. In partnership with fundholders, the Foundation has awarded more than $180 million in scholarships to students and grants to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across our 18-county region and beyond.

What We Do

  • Work with donors to create charitable funds according to their specific interests and needs
  • Inform donors about critical issues and match them with giving opportunities
  • Responsibly manage the charitable assets in our care
  • Make grants and provide support to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and public agencies for improving communities in our region
  • Encourage and participate in community initiatives and partnerships
  • Build awareness of the importance of philanthropy


Family Fun at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park

Are you looking for adventurous outdoor activities or exciting things to do in downtown Asheville? Well look no further…

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park includes approximately 50 unique climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 towering trees and poles tucked into a wooded park setting just 5 minutes from Downtown Asheville. The park contains 4 trails to choose from with various levels of difficulty. Each “Trail” includes 10 to 15 different challenges to complete the circuit.

In Asheville, outdoor activities of all kinds are a major attraction. We are proud to have created an outdoor adventure that is as unique as the city it lives in. Our challenges include zipline kayaking, snowboarding, hula hoop swinging, and many more unique elements that make this a “Truly Asheville Adventure”.

This is made possible by new technology called “smart belays” that are designed to assure Park Guests are attached to safety systems at all times and can not detach from the system until they have completed the aerial trail and are back on the ground. Guests can explore freely knowing the safety system monitors their attachments and is designed to not allow accidental unclipping from the safety points. It is an active adventure that incorporates physical fitness and personal accomplishment.


Healing and Feeling: Stress, Support and Breast Cancer

They Teach It at Stanford

“I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker from the department of psychiatry said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.


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