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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 in Myths

 | Posted In Critical Essays Ploughshares

In such ancient stories as The Odyssey, women, who are often archetypes and who typically exist in the margins, are enlivened when their stories are told by contemporary writers, freeing them from their limited roles (mother, wife, evil temptress bent on bringing about the downfall of men). Retellings of these stories, too, are rich with contemporary themes that contribute to the reader’s understanding of the weight of their release, such as the injustices and double standards women face in a patriarchal society. Retellings by Margaret Atwood (The Penelopiad), Madeline Miller (Circe), and Colm Tóibín (House of Names), in particular, give voice to silenced women. Click here to continue reading


Everything I Know About Feminism I Learned From Nuns – What it meant to be surrounded by educated women who were not wives or mothers.

By Liesl Schwabe in the New York Times and suggested for SheVille by Susan Shinn

It can be hard to trace the origins of our deepest convictions.

I was raised primarily by a single mother, cognizant, essentially from birth, that women can, and do, do everything, especially when no one else is around. I entered Antioch College in 1993, the same year the school’s sexual offense policy was relentlessly, internationally mockedfor introducing the idea of verbal consent. Not long after, I shaved my head at a Burmese monastery to persuade myself that I was not defined by my physical body.


American Psychological Association issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys

By Stephanie Pappas

For the first time ever, APA is releasing guidelines to help psychologists work with men and boys.

At first blush, this may seem unnecessary. For decades, psychology focused on men (particularly white men), to the exclusion of all others. And men still dominate professionally and politically: As of 2018, 95.2 percent of chief operating officers at Fortune 500 companies were men. According to a 2017 analysis by Fortune, in 16 of the top companies, 80 percent of all high-ranking executives were male. Meanwhile, the 115th Congress, which began in 2017, was 81 percent male.


THE COLLIDER’S CLIMATE CITY EXPO April 2-3, 2019! 

Putting Climate City on the Map

recent article from U.S. News and World Report highlights how Asheville, North Carolina, has become an important hub of climate expertise. “But perhaps nothing has put Asheville on the map from a climate solutions and economic development standpoint quite like The Collider,” the article notes. Check out the article to learn more about the integral role we’ve played in earning Asheville, North Carolina, the moniker of “Climate City.”

Whether it’s Business, NextGen, Luminaries, Arts, Eats, Learn, or Faith, there’s an opportunity to engage in climate resilience and adaptation for you. 

NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – What was missing at Superintendent Johnson’s private education summit

By Billy Ball

There was much talk this week and last about state Superintendent Mark Johnson’s Tuesday night limelight, the “big” announcement you might have missed because you, like most of North Carolina, were not invited.

Public education advocates buzzed with speculation, or was that trepidation? Would the Koch brothers, billionaire union-busting philanthropists, bring their act to North Carolina? Who’s paying for Johnson’s invitation-only event at the Raleigh Convention Center? Has the superintendent found a way to coax more badly-needed infrastructure dollars out of a notoriously parsimonious state legislature? Continue reading


THE ANDANTES: The Girl Group Left Behind

by Touré, AARP The Magazine 

 The hidden figures of Hitsville sang on some of Motown’s biggest hits 

(Article was suggested to SheVille by Lytingale)

En español | Can she sing? Marlene Barrow and Jackie Hicks sounded downright skeptical. It was the summer of 1961, and the young women — then 19 and 21 years old, respectively — were at the Motown recording studio on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Barrow, tall and slender, and Hicks, bubbly and full-figured, had grown up singing in the choir of the Hartford Avenue Baptist Church.


Marie Colvin: an Amazing Woman Whose Life Was Cut Short Trying to Present Us with the Truth

Mr. Harris is an independent historian and a regular contributor to the History News Network. For more information see www.JamesThorntonHarris.com.

2018 was an annus horribilis for freedom of the press.  Reporters Without Borders announced that 63 professional journalists were killed, of whom 49 were specifically targeted for death by an army or rebel group. 


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DIFFERENT STROKES Performing Arts Collective

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Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.   Visit us at Different Strokes Performng Art Collective


In Honor of Mary Oliver, RIP

Mary Oliver, “White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field”

Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings,it was beautiful, and accurate,
striking the snow and whatever was there
with a force that left the imprint
of the tips of its wings — five feet apart —
and the grabbing thrust of its feet,
and the indentation of what had been running
through the white valleys of the snow —
and then it rose, gracefully,
and flew back to the frozen marshes
to lurk there, like a little lighthouse,
in the blue shadows —
so I thought:
maybe death isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light wrapping itself around us —
as soft as feathers —
that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking,
and shut our eyes, not without amazement,
and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow,
that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light —
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones.


Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, February 28, 2019 – June 15, 2019

Women’s work. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women—such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection upends those associations. By bringing together materials from across the centuries, Baskin reveals what has been hidden—that Western women have long pursued a startling range of careers and vocations and that through their work they have supported themselves, their families, and the causes they believed in.


**Mother Grove Goddess Temple – celebrating the Divine Feminine

It says everything about Asheville that the chapel and offices of the Goddess temple are across the street from the First Baptist Church.

Mother Grove Temple was established in 2008. We have a full schedule of programs including public rituals for the ancient holy days (and Earth Day), religious education for adults and children, Full Moon ceremonies, Sunday morning meditation time, and rites of passage by appointment.


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