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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

Mapping the Gender Imbalance in City Street Names

November 6, 2015

This August, activist group Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) installed guerrilla signs in Paris to rename streets and parks after women like singer Nina Simone, sailor Florence Arthaud, and author Simone de Beauvoir because only 2.6 percent of the French capital’s streets are named for women. That action inspired Aruna Sankaranarayanan and her colleagues at Mapbox to create an analysis of “Mapping Female versus Male Street Names” in seven major cities.


HELPMATE of ASHEVILLE – SAFE HAVEN SOCIETY Envision a World Free of Violence!

Empowering Our Community to Create a World Free of Violence
Safe Haven Society
At Helpmate, we are fortunate to have the strong support of our generous community. Our collaborations with other organizations, partnerships with area businesses, the participation of many faith communities, and the ongoing philanthropy of individuals makes this work possible, and we are grateful.  Contact Helpmate


ERA: Our Equality Pledge is up and running! See Who’s for Gender Equality in the U.S.

Dear Equality Warrior,

Our Equality Pledge is up and running!  

Let’s shine a warm, fuzzy light on the marvelous candidates who signed the Equal Means Equal Equality Pledge this week and committed to vote “yes” on ERA and equality for all Americans! 


I’m a WNBA player. Men won’t stop challenging me to play one-on-one.

By Devereaux Peters

A few weeks ago, as I was walking down the street to my car, a man stopped me to begin a conversation about my height. Here we go, I thought. He asked the usual questions, prodding me about my basketball career, and then there it was: “Let’s play one-on-one. I bet I could beat you.”

It was far from the first time. I’m a tall woman at 6-foot-2, and almost everywhere I go, people notice me. The first question is: Do you play basketball? When they find out I’m a professional player, some are just impressed and want to know more about the life of a pro athlete. Most of the men I talk to, though, ask me to play one-on-one.  Continue reading


Central Park’s first-ever female statue is coming in 2020

The women behind the first statue of a woman from history to be erected in New York City’s Central Park discuss its groundbreaking importance.

In 1995, the artist Meredith Bergmann was working on a film set in Central Park when she noticed something was off. 

“I noticed then there were no statues of women,” said Bergmann. “There was a wonderful Alice in Wonderland sculpture, but there were no sculptures of actual women of note and accomplishment.”  Click here to continue reading


A History of the WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS (WASP) 75th Anniversary 2018

In 1942, as the country reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. The Army also was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools in the South. Twenty-eight experienced civilian women pilots volunteered to take those ferrying jobs. They formed the country’s first female squadron late summer 1942.


The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (followed by The New Depressus)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Historic moment: Women are majority of Democratic candidates for House

 Aviva Stahl | POLITICS  in WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER News & Features

Ayanna Pressley edged out a man who had held onto a Democratic House seat for 10 terms. For the first time in history, white men constitute a minority of people running as Democrats for seats in the House of Representatives, according to an analysis published Tuesday by Politico. More women and people of color may be elected to serve the House than ever before and, in doing so, shift the Democratic Party toward more progressive positions on criminal justice reform, access to health care, and other issues. 


New Census Data Shows that the GENDER WAGE GAP IS NOT CLOSING

With virtually no change in the gender wage gap in 2017, women will not see equal pay for 41 more years at the current rate

The gender wage gap widened between women of all racial and ethnic groups and White men

Washington, DC—A fact sheet by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) uses updated data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau to chart the gender earnings ratio since 1960 and analyzes changes in earnings during the last year by gender, race, and ethnicity. The gender wage ratio remained unchanged from 2016 at 80.5 percent.


REWRITING LIFE STORIES: Change a Life – Volunteer to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

Change a Life: Volunteer 

Are you interested in volunteering as a Reading Coach or Reading Buddy? Sign up for training this Fall. Don’t wait, classes fill up quickly. First classes start in mid September. Click here for more information: http://www.r2sasheville.org/volunteer.html

The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle. Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).


EQUAL MEANS EQUAL CAMPAIGN NATIONWIDE The push is on to have the ERA Ratified in the U.S. NOW!

In celebration of equality and the fight for Human Rights, EQUAL MEANS EQUAL & the Heroica Foundation present five performances of Harold Pinter’s one-act play “The Lover” starring Activist, Actress and Film Director, Kamala Lopez in Los Angeles.
 
All proceeds will support Equal Means Equal’s campaign and programs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Equal Means Equal is the only national organization to focus on ratifying the original ERA. Campaign Ambassadors include Patricia Arquette, Academy Award-winning actress; Sarabeth Stroller, leader of “Free the Nipple” movement; Lizzy Jagger, model, and daughter of Mick Jagger. For tickets, please visit here.

The Senate’s quietest rock star has some very tough questions for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

by Joan McCarter in the Daily Kos

Quietly and determinedly, Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has become one of the fiercest voices among the still too-small cadre of women senators. She’s doing it in the nomination hearings of all five of the committees she sits on, starting with these questions.

“Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?”

“Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” Click here to Continue reading


BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCE MANAGEMENT with Dawn Starks at SimpleMoneyPro.com

I have been a financial planner for over twenty years.  During that time, I have read just about every personal finance book under the sun.  Why do I torture myself so?  In the early days of my practice, I hosted a call-in radio show in Asheville, NC, called Money Matters.  For five years I spent an hour each Saturday morning discussing every financial topic imaginable. 


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.   


SO, WHAT DO WE DO? We Keep on RESISTING! sent in from Jane Edwards, (our local political analyst) PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS

Treason against the United States is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Cleaving to, or joining an enemy, as President Donald J. Trump did today, and in the past, is treason. Pure and simple.


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