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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 and Work—A Tapestry of Our Lives

 Women’s History Month is over for this year. But I confess I haven’t been in much of a celebratory mood. March 8th (2011)was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  The UN theme for the celebration was “Equal Access to Education, Training and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women.”  Ironically, this March was also the 100th year commemoration of the tragedy of the Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire in New York City.  On March 25, 1911, 146 people died from a fire caused by unsafe workplace conditions.  

 

 


Womansong’s Regional Scholarships and Special Funds

 

Womansong is Asheville’s oldest and largest women’s chorus which started almost 25 years ago.  Over time more than $45,000 from proceeds from concerts and donations have helped women in transition make new beginnings. 
 
At a recent concert, Womansong performed the song “Help Somebody.”  A line in that song captures the philosophy of the New Start Program (NSP), Womansong’s charitable arm:  “Got plenty and then some, what do I do…I go out and help somebody get plenty and then some, too, that’s what I do.”
 
For more than twenty years the New Start Program (NSP) has provided grants to fill the gap for women in need when other funds are not available.  More recently, the Womansong NSP has begun funding scholarships to help women improve their lives and better their prospects for meaningful employment.
 
In 2009, the NSP set up the first annual New Start Scholarship at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to assist a woman entering a degree program.  The recipient of that scholarship in 2010 was Katonya Owens (pictured at Scholarship Luncheon at A-B Tech with co-chair of the New Start Fund, Nita Walker.) Katonya is working on two Associate Degree programs in Automotive Systems Technology and Heavy Equipment Technology.
 
In December 2010, the NSP established eight more scholarships, four at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and four at Haywood Community College to be awarded to women entering non-degree diploma or certificate programs.  Generally, these programs can be completed in a shorter time period so that recipients can more quickly find employment.  Additionally, Womansong has set up a special fund at both A-B Tech and Haywood Community College to help students who are in need of assistance pay for the initial immunizations required for their programs.
 
Womansong is committed to the New Start Program and believes that by giving these women a hand, the women, their families, and their communities are all uplifted.
 
For more information about Womansong, upcoming concerts, and the New Start Program, please visit www.womansong.org.  Press Release from Marilyn Hubbard, Womansong Publicity, 828-686-9010  hubbardcea@ioa.com  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need more information.  Thank you.


A Conversation With Carol W. Greider On Winning a Nobel Prize in Science by Claudia Dreifus

Out of more than 500 Nobels ever awarded in the sciences, less than 40 have been awarded to women. That 3 Nobels were awarded to women this year represents a sea change in the Nobel Committee’s decision-making as the successful result of a behind-the-scenes campaign to represent women more equally.

Rebekah Spicuglia, Media Manager for The Women’s Media Center


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