On this day in herstory…

March 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

On the final day of Women’s Awareness Month and Women’s History Month I’d like to leave you with something that happened on this date in 1776.

Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, these words from her famous “Remember the ladies” letter:

“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

236 years later, her moxie is still so impressive. As we count the days until next year’s WAM and Women’s History Month, I hope you’ll hold her words close and be inspired by them.

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Remembering Adrienne Rich

March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

“We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be “revolutionary” but not transformative.”

~Adrienne Rich

Feminist, lesbian, mother, author, poet, educator, activist, Adrienne Rich, died this week at the age of 82 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. The New York Times described her as, “a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century.” Her words have fueled and supported so many people. Take a moment today to read some of her work and celebrate the life of this incredible woman.

And,  a few of my favorite things she wrote or said:

“When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.”

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”

“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

March 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization is not about politics. It is about the survivors. (text of this post via PADV)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to bring VAWA, S. 1925, to the Senate Floor very soon-possibly this week. Many news articles in the past few days have portrayed VAWA as a political tool – but we know how critical VAWA is to survivors’ lives. We still need everyone who cares about VAWA to call their senators and urge them to vote YES on VAWA!

Action 1: Call both of your senators’ D.C. offices today and ask them vote YES on VAWA

Saxby Chambliss: 202.224.3521
Johnny Isakson: 202.224.3643

Be sure to tell them: I urge you to support the Violence Against Women Act and vote YES on S. 1925 AS IS. Don’t use VAWA as a political tool – pass it now so that all survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking can get the support they need.

Red Dress Fashion Show is Tomorrow!

March 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Join us for Red Dress Fashion Show tomorrow night! The doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here. We’re excited to be raising money to support WomenHeart, the national coalition for women with heart disease. WomenHeart champions prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of women’s heart disease. We’ll hope you will come out to learn more about how to keep your heart healthy and to support the women modeling in the show! We’ll have healthy snacks and a DJ, and if you arrive early you’ll have the opportunity to participate in free screenings provided by Operation Heart!

 

In honor of survivors

March 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

We are one day away from our annual Take Back the Night at Georgia Tech. In honor of the survivors who are so bravely preparing to share their stories, for those who are coming in search of community, and for those who will be there to support the survivors among us, I wanted to share Sierra Demulder performing her poem, “Paper Dolls,” via Project Unbreakable (trigger warning).

If you haven’t seen Project Unbreakable, I hope you will take the time to visit. It is one of the most powerful forums for sexual violence survivors to share their stories that I have ever come across. It’s creator, Grace Brown, uses her own photographs as well as survivor submitted photographs, of survivors holding posters or pieces of paper with quotes from their attackers. I’ll warn you that it’s painful, gut wrenching, graphic content, but that I find it incredibly brave and hopeful that the survivors featured on the site have the courage to reclaim the words used against them.

Possible Trigger Warning

I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 7pm at the Campanile.

 

Bad Romance: The Suffrage Edition

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

In case you all need a laugh on this kind of gloomy Monday we’re having. It’s Women’s Awareness Month at Tech and nationwide it’s Women’s History Month. Take a funny walk down memory lane with the suffragists and Lady Gaga, of course.

 

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