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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

WOMEN WHO MADE MUSIC HISTORY Concerts Crowd Funding Update! THANK YOU!!!

We’ve created a 7 minute slide show video that chronicles our journey thus far. It beautifully illustrates how your past donations have changed, and your future donations will continue to change, our lives for the better. With your generosity, friends, family and fans, see in this video how we’ve been able to set our dreams in motion. This is a pictorial account of your hard earned and philanthropic contributions to Women Who Made Music History Concerts, LLC, in action!


NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – The inconvenient truth about our so-called “booming” economy

The inconvenient truth about our so-called “booming” economy

We’re living through the worst “good” economy in generations, a reality that many of the rich and powerful people who have rigged the system are desperately hoping the rest of us won’t notice. The last time rich people managed to siphon off this much of the treasure that our economy generates, handlebar mustaches were a thing, and not just in hipster coffee shops.

Corporations and investors are getting rich, but most North Carolinians are just trying to get by.


WOMEN & POWER Now Including Lena Waithe, Mazie Hirono, Gloria Steinem, Stormy Daniels, and more.

By the Editors of The CUT from Apple News Spotlight Photo portfolio by 

Women and Power isn’t a series about women’s empowerment. It’s a series about women and their relationship to power  how they get it, how they lose it, how they wield it, what they sacrifice for it, and, ultimately, what they hope power will help them achieve. It’s divided into four chapters that will be published on the Cut throughout the week. Click here to read more about the project and the women who participated.


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.


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.


**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.


The Biggest Immediate Opportunity for Countries to Step Up Climate Action

By Eliza Northrop

The alarming report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month made it crystal clear that every country, business and person in the world will need to step up climate action if the world is to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C (2.7°F). Breaching this temperature threshold would bring catastrophic impacts the world has never seen—from even more extreme weather events to coral reef die-off to food insecurity.

NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS – Morganton Barn Raising Campaign

NC School of Science and Math Kicks Off ‘Barn Raising’ Capital Campaign $3M goal to fund historic renovation at new Morganton campus

Oct. 24, 2018 (Morganton, NC) — The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) announced the kickoff of its NCSSM-Morganton Barn Raising Campaign, aiming to raise $3 million in private donations from regional stakeholders that will support the construction
of its new campus including the renovation of a historic cattle barn on the site — a key landmark of the new campus slated to open in 2021.


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


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


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

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