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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

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.


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.


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

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


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.

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.


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.


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.

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


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