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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

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.


Lisa Unger Baskin Collection – Duke University Libraries “The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

Collection Overview

The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection arrived at Rubenstein Library in April 2015. Carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work. In Baskin’s own words,

“The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”


SART Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Mars Hill

The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre is dedicated to presenting theatre of the highest professional quality thereby enriching the Southern Appalachian Region through artistic programming, education, and outreach.
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre

P.O.Box 1720 / 44 College Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754
Business Office 828.689.1384
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre


Solange Lusiku Nsimire — The Congolese journalist who fought corruption and championed women

Aviva Stahl | INTERNATIONALMEDIA  WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER

Women journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and reporters and human rights activists across the world have been in mourning since the death of Solange Lusiku Nsimire last month. Lusiku Nsimire, who died of a short illness at 46, was the first woman to run a written newspaper in the DRC’s eastern South Kivu Province and had won several international awards, including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s (IWMF) 2014 Courage in Journalism Award.


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.


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.


HART Haywood Arts Regional Theatre

Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. Opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal.   Click here for seasonal shows Haywood Arts Regional Theater


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


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