This year marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. A hundred years after suffragists fought for and won the right to vote, women voters—empowered by the feminist, civil rights and LGBTQ movements—will likely determine the outcome of the high-stakes elections of 2020.
By Kara Imle
I’ve been a memoirist since childhood. It started with drawing. Pencil gripped in my fist, I scrawled out the things I saw in my head: herds of horses; packs of wolves; a toothy, bat-winged dragon. These creatures did things I witnessed in my dreams and in my waking life, as I tumbled about in the woods or stared spacily at the walls while my mother tried to get my attention. The adults around me hailed my scrawlings as budding creativity, but to me it was only an observational skill. Perhaps they’re one and the same. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
Feature photo by Ross Henderson in Unsplash. Thank you!
Did you know that locally owned businesses circulate 3 times more money back into the local economy than chain stores?
Supporting local businesses and workers is one thing each of us can do right now. We’ve set up this page with resources, key information, creative initiatives and contacts.
As the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic has been realized, calls for Americans to practice social distancing and self-quarantine have increased. The long-lasting social and financial ramifications of these necessary precautions remain unclear. But for the one in four women and one in nine men who experience intimate partner violence, the consequences are immediate: Staying home means staying in an unsafe, potentially deadly environment. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
By Joe McCarthy in Global Citizen
Estonia, Singapore, Ethiopia and Finland – these are some of the 21 countries currently governed by a female president or prime minister. Yet a woman president of the U.S. still remains only a hypothetical.
By Nneka McGuire for The Lily/The Washington Post – A brand-new vocabulary to describe life in a male-dominated world
Words give our lives meaning, literally. They allow us to distill our thoughts and experiences into a form that others can understand: language. And while the English vocabulary is a veritable feast — consisting of approximately 1 million words, by some estimates — occasionally the perfect term isn’t on offer.
In those cases, creation is necessary. New words are born frequently, and despite their young age, they can feel ubiquitous. (Case in point: mansplain, in which a man arrogantly explains something to a woman. Merriam-Webster says the term’s first known use was only about a decade ago, in 2008.) Illustrations by Olivia Waller CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
Author’s Statement: My name is Jamila Stevenson and I am a sophomore at Warren Wilson College where I am studying Gender and Women’s Studies (GDS) and Environmental Studies (ENS) with a concentration in environmental education. Environmental studies and gender and women studies don’t often intersect, so when I first heard the term “ecofeminism” in an environmental documentary class, I was very excited. When I took my first GDS class, which was an introduction to gender and women’s studies, I decided to write a paper on ecofeminism so I could learn more about it. Jamila Stevenson is a student at Warren Wilson College in the Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies program with Laura Vance, Ph.D, May, 2009.
From 2013 New York Times
Taking Wall Street banks to trial is necessary for real accountability. As Elizabeth Warren says, trials allow the public to learn the truth and allow regulators to better do their job of protecting the public. We call on you to end your practice of ‘too big for trial.’ Click here for the video
ELIZABETH’S CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND HOLDING WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE
By Julia Jacobs in The New York Times
Over the past decade, there has been a sense in the art world that gender equity was on the horizon: Emerging female artists were landing high-profile solo shows, museums were staging women-themed exhibitions, grants were being awarded to boost female artists, and long-neglected artists were being given overdue recognition.
By Angela N. Carroll in Hyperallergic
Delita Martin’s latest exhibition, Calling Down the Spirits, seeks to visualize the incorporeal and genetic strands that tether generations of Black women to each other and to the spiritual world.
Wear red to support Equal Pay Day on March 31
“Celebrate” Equal Pay Day on March 31 by wearing red to symbolize how “in the red” women and minorities are when it comes to equal pay. Women are on the front lines fighting the coronavirus in our nation’s hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. And not a single one of them is represented in the U.S. Constitution.
Development experts believe gender equity will be critical to global food security in the coming decades, as the world’s farmers struggle to produce food for a rapidly growing population on a shrinking area of arable land. In Latin America, one in five farmworkers is a woman, and in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, half of all agricultural laborers are women. Yet despite being just as skilled as their male counterparts, women in developing countries have less access to resources (such as credit), and therefore lower crop yields.
PLEASE, CONTACT THE VENDOR OR EVENT HOST TO MAKE CERTAIN THE EVENT IS HAPPENING, THE VENDOR IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, OR THE VENDOR HAS MADE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOU TO PURCHASE THEIR PRODUCTS. Also check to see if groups are arranging digital events or meetings.
Stay well, and remember:
Since 1950, 75 countries have had women as heads of state. In truth, that is not many, but it is also more than the United States has had: zero.
In February of this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Only through the equal participation of women can we benefit from the intelligence, experience and insights of all of humanity. Women’s equal participation is vital to stability, helps prevent conflict, and promotes sustainable, inclusive development. Gender equality is the prerequisite for a better world.”
By Meilan Solly
Also come back and read this: Elizabeth Warren Has Changed The Democratic Party
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT UNC Asheville to Feature Documentary on Film-Making Pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché and Talks on the Southern Women’s Rights Movements
To mark Women’s History Month 2020, in March, UNC Asheville will present a documentary narrated by Jodie Foster about one of cinema’s pioneers, Alice Guy-Blaché, and a series of talks about suffrage and feminism in different times and places in the South. All Women’s History Month events are free and open to everyone.
While women make up only 13 percent of directors in film, the number of Black women behind the camera is even smaller. Though the media has been stingy with granting Black women opportunities to helm projects, there have still been a number of women who have made a seat at the table and paved a way for the women behind them.
With all the problems facing the world right now, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s natural to feel a sense of despair, or to think there’s nothing you can do.
If this sounds familiar to you, you may need a little pep talk from the Rainforest Alliance‘s own Jungwon Kim. Watch her recent talk to understand why engaging and acting with love and hope is essential—and how it can be the antidote to despair.
- THINGS TO DO
- EVENTS CALENDAR
- WHO WE ARE
- BUSINESS DIRECTORY