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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

EARTH DAY ASHEVILLE April 22 (& things to do everyday actually!)

From Explore Asheville
April 22, 2018 
Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. Here are 25 different ways you can celebrate Earth day. 
1. If you are in a situation where you can actually walk, ride your bike, or carpool in order to get from place to place, then it may be time for you to consider that. The fewer cars on the road, the better off that we will be when it comes to our atmosphere.

2. You can volunteer your time to organizations (local or national) that put effort into making the world a better place and helping the environment. There are a lot of great things that you can do, and on Earth Day, there are usually local activities as well.


OUR VOICE Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events Continue All Month!

Our VOICE will be partnering with members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance to present Pints for Our VOICE
 an awareness and fundraising campaign to support survivors.

Members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance raise funds to support survivors of rape and take a stand to minimize sexual assault by participating in The BAR Outreach Project, a curriculum developed by Our VOICE that educates bar owners and staff about DFSA while addressing bystander intervention strategies that can help protect patrons and employees alike.


The Growing Voice of the ERA, Muffet McGraw – Notre Dame’s Women’s Basketball Coach

The Equal Rights Amendment was front and center on the national stage this week with Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw’s awesome response to the reporter who asked her about the importance of women’s leadership in sports. The video, which has since gone viral, starts out with a major callout to the ERA:

Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1967 and still hasn’t passed? We need 38 states to agree that discrimination on the basis of sex is unconstitutional,” said Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw.


Womansong 2019 Spring Concert: ROOM AT THE TABLE, May 17 & 18 **Tickets on Sale Now!

Asheville’s longest-running women’s community chorus presents its annual spring concert, “Room at the Table.”  

Tickets at www.womansong.org   

 ASHEVILLE (March 28, 2019) Womansong, Asheville’s largest and longest-running women’s community chorus, invites you to its spring concert, “Room at the Table. The concert will be held at Fletcher United Methodist Church, 50 Library Road, Fletcher NC 28732, on Friday May 17 at 7:30 PM and Saturday May 18 at 3 PM.


Community Public Input Session April 11, 3-4 pm

Calling all community members. Do you have ideas about improving access to child care in Buncombe County? We want to hear from you. Buncombe County is facing a shortage of child care and is working to expand access to high quality, affordable child care and pre-k.

Buncombe County is launching a new Early Childhood Fund and plans to invest $3.6 million annually to improve outcomes for young children. Grants made through the fund will focus on access to quality early childhood care and education. This is your chance to talk with members of the funding committee and weigh in on what you think is most important.


THE WOMEN’S HISTORY TRAIL Folk Heritage Association of Macon County, N C

Women’s History Trail: Walk in Their Steps

The Women’s History Trail…Small Steps… a project sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), is taking small steps that will hopefully lead to big strides for women’s history by celebrating the lives of Macon County women, honoring their accomplishments and creating a trail to “walk in her steps.” This project aims to weave together the disparate elements of our history: Native American, White, Black; those of all levels of society; those of pioneer stock and those more recently arrived, telling their stories through various art mediums/exhibits and markers along a designated path.


The Woman Subject and 6 Trailblazing Women

The Woman Subject

There is more that unites than divides analytic and continental feminist philosophies – not least, efforts to define ‘woman’

Georgia Warnke  is distinguished professor of political science and director of the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Debating Sex and Gender (2010). She lives in California. Click here to read more


Homegrown Leaders at Habitat

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 25, 2019) — Cassidy Moore and Beth Russo of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity recently graduated from Homegrown Leaders program, a regional leadership and economic development program that develops and supports highly-motivated leaders who are committed to building regional collaboration across multi-county regions in the state. Homegrown Leaders is a program of the Rural Center and is sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and corporate, government and philanthropic partners. 


WESTERN WOMEN’S BUSINESS CONFERENCE June 20 – Building Your Tribe To Build Your Business

“Tell your story. Shout it. Write it. Whisper it if you have to. But tell it. Some won’t understand it. Some will outright reject it. But many will thank you for it. And then the most magical thing will happen. One by one… your tribe will gather. And you will never feel alone again.” L.R. Knost

We are so excited – Building Your Tribe to Build Your Business is an exciting theme for us… we see so many women in the area with growing tribes… yet we know that so many small business owners feel isolated and in need of a tribe… this is a great opportunity to dive deeper into topics related to building your tribe to build your business. You will walk away empowered to build your business with new members of your tribe. 


Como Tú / Like You / Like Me Richard Blanco

By Richard Blanco   featured in The Academy of Poets

{for the D.A.C.A DREAMers and all our nation’s immigrants}

…my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life…

…mis venas no se terminan en mí
sino en la sangre unánime
de los que luchan por la vida…

           —Roque Dalton, “Como tú”


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