VFA is one of the foremost sources of information about the Second Wave women's movement for journalists, historians and other writers.
What's Happening (just Select/Click below) AUGUST 2016
A LETTER FROM
"We are proud of you all!"
Jacqui Ceballos Founder and former President,
Veteran Feminists of America
Eleanor Pam Current President,
Veteran Feminists of America
(Eleanor Pam & Jacqui Ceballos April 6, 2002 at a conference Honoring Florida Feminists)
To the loyal members and friends of VFA who have supported our work throughout the years--we send greetings and heartfelt thanks.
It has been our singular honor to represent and lead this remarkable organization whose mission is to document and preserve the revolutionary achievements of Second Wave Feminism. We pledge also to keep faith with successor generations of women and girls by continuing our work to inspire and educate them about the importance and meaning of the ground-breaking changes to the world brought about by the pioneer feminists of VFA.
Packed with over 2,200 biographies and pictures of our actions.
Barbara J. Love’s Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 is the first comprehensive directory to document many of the founders and leaders (including both well-known and grassroots organizers) of the second wave women’s movement. It tells the stories of more than two thousand individual women and a few notable men who together reignited the women’s movement and made permanent changes to entrenched customs and laws.
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Muriel Fox (Barnard College Class of 1948) battled for equality on picket lines and in boardrooms alongside better-known icons of the women’s movement.
Fifty years ago, a few dozen women gathered in a basement in Washington, D.C., to make history: they convened the first meeting of the National Organization for Women. In a photo of that day in 1966, Muriel Fox ’48 is a few seats away from Betty Friedan, NOW’s president, befitting her role as Friedan’s chief lieutenant and the central part she would play in many of the most critical battles of the women’s rights movement.
When hundreds of women and men assembled this summer to celebrate NOW’s 50th anniversary, Fox was lauded for “having a remarkable vision of what was possible and the commitment to carry it out,” says NOW president Terry O’Neill, who presented her with the Woman of Vision Award. Fox, who is 88, looks back on those days with wonder. She recalls conversations with her lifelong friend Friedan, who died in 2006, in which “Betty and I used to say, ‘Did we ever dream it would happen so fast?’”
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New Amazon TV Series
Based on Journalists’
Struggle for Equal Rights
October 28, 2016
Lynn Povich, author,
“The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.”
In 1970, a group of 46 women researchers at Newsweek sued the magazine for sex discrimination. At the time, only men were hired in writing positions. One of the women, Lynn Povich, wrote a book about their struggles called The Good Girls Revolt.
Now Amazon is introducing a drama television series, “Good Girls Revolt,” based on the women’s experiences and their lawsuit: the first female class-action suit. Season One will be available on Amazon TV starting this fall.
In 2010, a group of young women working at Newsweek discovered that they still did not have the same opportunities as the men – and only then did they learn about the 1970 lawsuit. They spoke out about the discrimination they were facing 40 years later. One of the leaders of the group was a woman named Jesse Ellison.
In 2012, VFA held an event at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, called “Empowering Women: A Tale of Two Generations.”
The highlighted panel featured Lynn Povich and Jesse Ellison telling their stories and discussing what had and had not changed for women in 40 years.
The new Amazon series will be another step forward in VFA’s mission to make sure the work we did for women is not forgotten.
ONE FINE DAY
Produced by Kay Weaver and
Martha Wheelock in 1984.
ONE FINE DAY was produced by Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock in 1984. The Music Film was shot and edited in 16 mm film and was set to the song ONE FINE DAY written and sung by Kay Weaver. The film has played to millions on PBS and cable stations in the US, translated into Spanish and broadcast in Latin and South America, Europe and Israel. It's live performances include the Marches on Washington DC in the 80's and 90's, NOW's national conventions, Battered Women's Shelters across the country and in the classroom from primary schools to Universities..
Why We Marched on August 26, 1970
Untold Women Who Changed The World
Every life has a story. Biography.com captures the most gripping, surprising and fascinating stories about famous people.
For use by researchers, educators and students, VFA has converted DVD to MP4 format the complete unabridged videos of its reunions, conferences and awards events from 1993 to 2011. Leaders and activists reminisce about their experiences in the company of sister/fellow feminists. VFA made this historic treasure possible by presenting more than 25 major feminist events throughout the United States and videotaping them for posterity.
Jeannetta Maclin, center, with, from left to right: Yvette Goods, Pam Ross, Stephanie Lummus and Marcia Cline. Photograph: Stephanie Lummus
“And we have got to do something about the system when women are jailed when they can’t raise cash bail, who have small kids and then they lose their jobs. It’s a national problem. We’re going to get volunteers to go into the municipal jails and speak to mothers there and shame the authorities with the details of what is going on for thousands of women.” Pam Ross
Jeannetta Maclin, 23 has now been charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Officers say Maclin left her children home alone while she left to work an eight-hour shift in Creve Coeur, and that's when the fire happened.
Charges against struggling mother make situation worse
The tragic fire that endangered two small sons of Jeannetta Maclin has been made worse by charging her with felony neglect, child abuse and child endangerment ("Mother who left sons alone charged after apartment fire," February 13).
The mother was put in a no-win situation. She must work, yet her pay would not allow her enough money for child care. Her children would be better served by supporting the mother than by putting them in foster care. The mother was clearly abandoned by the father of the children and her family.
She had those children as a very young woman. Where has the society been while she was working to support her sons? America has voided the issue of child care since President Richard Nixon took office. Congress had passed a comprehensive child care bill with large support from both parties in 1971. Nixon called conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly to ask her advice. She told him to veto the bill and he did. Nixon is dead, but we should be charging Schlafly with child neglect and abandonment.
Maclin needs our support, not our punishment. Don't cripple people then laugh at the way they walk. This mother wasn't out at a bar drinking, she was going to work at a low-wage job. Give her some support and give her back her children. We should be adopting this family, not separating them.
Pam Ross, VFA Treasurer • St. Louis
Universal Child Care
In 1971, a national
almost became law.
We have had some extremely positive meetings with Dr. Valerie Paley, director of the Center and vice president of the Society, and we are making progress in finalizing an agreement and clarifying procedures. My hope last January when I made the announcement was that things would be underway within a few weeks. I should have remembered that institutional arrangements are always complex: this is a whole new venture for the Society, and the protocol and forms needed are taking longer than expected. Dr. Paley wrote a few days ago, assuring us that, “We have a draft of the so-called ‘protocol’ which would need to be discussed and ratified by our collections committee. They meet periodically and the next meeting is June 1, 2016. It seems I cannot speed up that glacial process but once they sign off we should be good to go.”
So please do not be discouraged. It would be helpful if you line up your proposed donations and prepare their back-stories. Fortunately the Society is both a museum and a library, so your written material—records, books, accounts—will be welcome in the library’s archives just as your artifacts might fit into the museum’s exhibit plans.
Thanks for your patience and your passion.
Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from
1966 to 1971.
"This is THE best book written about the modern women's movement. It's the most authoritative and complete and moving. And since Gail Collins is the author, it's also delightful reading." Muriel Fox, VFA Chair of the Board
Grant grew up singing and playing in Portland, Oregon, where she began her performing career as a child in a band with her two sisters. After moving to New York City, she devoted herself to topical songwriting and social activism, notably in her band The Human Condition. Bev is featured on the Grammy-nominated Best of Broadside album and is the founder and director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.
VFA Mission Statement The purpose of Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) is to honor, document and preserve the accomplishments of women and men active in the feminist movement, to educate the public about the importance of changes brought about by the women's revolution, and to inspire future generations.
Veteran Feminists of America, Inc.
is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Veteran Feminists of America, Inc. * 18 Aberdeen Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 * Eleanor Pam, President * Jacqui Ceballos, Founder *