VFA is one of the foremost sources of information about theSecond Wave women's movement for journalists, historians and other writers.
What's Happening(just Select/Click below) MARCH 2015
March is Women's History Month
Painting by Linda Stein
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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
On this year’s celebration of women’s history I’m reminded that many of the “Second Wavers” have left us, in fact, most of us will be gone in the next 20 years! Yet, still so little is known about the history of the Second Wave and of VFA!
No matter how great Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem were and are, the movement was made by thousands of incredibly motivated women around the country. Though NYC -- media center and home of Betty and Gloria -- got more recognition, the fact is that EVERY STATE had an active feminist movement from 1967 to 77 and many still do!
VETERAN FEMINISTS OF AMERICA was founded expressly to recognize and remember these pioneer feminists, and, for the past 20 years we’ve held two or more events every month celebrating as many as we can.
VFA’s webpage is a treasure trove of feminist history -- including over 100 bios of some of the early feminists, and Barbara Love’s, “Feminists Who Changed America” has short bios of over 2,200 women. Hopefully VFA will continue to document and credit the work of past, present and future feminist activists far into the future….as long as there is a feminist movement.
This Women’s History month we invite you to take a look at VFA’s awesome website (thanks to Jan Cleary) and read about some of these feminists.
Please send your comments, advice and recommendations – and names of early feminists we must include.
Happy Feminism to all of us.
Jacqui Ceballos, Joan Michel, Jan Cleary
"We Were There"
Performed with the
Brooklyn Women's Chorus
"People who want equality and freedom for women can call themselves feminists."
For Women's History Month, hear bestselling authors including Shulman, Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong, Alice Walker, Dalma Heyn, and Bel Kaufman discuss the legacy and function of feminism, and join Open Road Media in celebrating amazing women!
Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage
A parody music video paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of brave women who joined together in the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920.
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.
Prize-winning Women's College educator, Sr. Austin Doherty, who was also a founding member of NOW and a friend of VFA, died on February 7 at the age of 87.
She was an educator, administrator and leader at Alverno College, a women’s college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was honored in 2012 by VFA, along with her colleague and friend, Sr. Joel Read, former president of Alverno and founder of NOW.
In keeping with Alverno's path-breaking reputation as an innovator in women's education, VFA's conference was named, "Empowering Women: A Tale of Two Generations" at Alverno, and its current president was presented with a framed VFA Medal of Honor. Mary-Ann Lupa and Mary Jean Collins, members of VFA’s board are both graduates of Alverno who attribute their feminist awakenings to Alverno and especially to Sr. Austin Doherty.
Sr. Austin was born in Chicago of immigrant Irish parents. Her bachelor’s degree was in History and she completed a Ph.D in Psychology at Loyola University. She became a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1952. She was dedicated to the education and empowerment of women and was part of the Alverno team that created the abilities-based curriculum for which Alverno has become known worldwide.
Mary-Ann & Mary Jean had remained friends with Sr. Austin over 50 years. Her passion for education and opportunity for women to use all their gifts in every aspect of life never abated.
From: The Board of Directors,
VETERAN FEMINISTS of AMERICA
We hope you’ll remember for a long time the excited applause at our Harvard Club luncheon when you announced your generous donation to the Veteran Feminists of America. Your check was in the mail immediately, and it has made a huge difference in our plans for spreading the word about feminism to generations of people everywhere. This gift from you has guaranteed our organization's future strength and influence, and we thank you on behalf of every woman and girl who will benefit.
Now we understand more than ever why Rosie has been called “America’s best friend.” You are a dear friend to VFA and to our important mission. Your generosity and actions through the years have especially promoted educational opportunities for countless thousands of people. Like you, VFA is committed to educating the public on the importance of feminist values – values that ensure every person a right to a happy, secure life in a non-sexist world.
We wish you a long and continually rewarding life together. And we look forward to working with you on projects that will make a difference to your millions of best friends.
With deepest gratitude and admiration,
VETERAN FEMINISTS OF AMERICA
Eleanor Pam, President
Muriel Fox, Chair
Thank You Rosie
As seen on :The View" (ABC Televison)
The women started the show off discussing what they did yesterday after the show. Rosie O went to a luncheon at the Harvard Club in NYC for the Veteran Feminists of America, where she accepted the Inspiration Award. She sat with the fabulous Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem, and Marlo Thomas! Rosie O spoke about how important being a feminist is to her and about the importance of the feminists who fought so that women could be treated equally. She said she is proud to be a feminist and thinks every woman should be a feminist because it’s just about being equal.
The VFA event at the Harvard Club Oct. 21 was another VFA success!
A Tribute to Muriel Fox
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pictured: Rosie O'Donnell at podium; background: Marlo Thomas, Eve Ensler,
Carol Jenkins and Gloria Steinem (photo by Dori Jacobson-Wenzel)
The VFA event at the Harvard Club Oct. 21 was a huge success, filled with inspiration,
education, appreciation and warmth. There was a great deal of candor from the speakers and the audience was thrilled. The excitement was not only about the speakers, but the audience filled with powerful and accomplished feminists from across the country.
“Labor & the Women’s Movement:
The untold story and why it matters”
Labor Tribune Photo from left: labor and employment attorney Emily Zuckerman, AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women's Rights Director Carmen Berkley, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice Sarita Gupta and Heather Booth, a strategist for progressive issue campaigns and elections.
“Labor & the Women’s Movement: The untold story and why it matters” was a
VFA event held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, MO,
on September 27, 2014.
VFA's St. Louis Event on September 27, 2014 was a Success!
REPORTS FROM SEPTEMBER 27TH
ST. LOUIS EVENT
It was so illuminating and inspiring to hear about and from women who have done so much for the labor union movement. The women were thrilled to be honored and receive VFA medals. I was proud to congratulate many of them personally.
The event was a success on many fronts--it was clearly in keeping with VFA's to uncover our history, educate everyone about it and honor those who have made a difference. And it was fun. I am so glad I went from New York to this very successful and well-run event.
Barbara Love, VFA board member and editor FEMINISTS WHO CHANGED AMERICA
NOW $69.00 ($89.00 Retail) includes postage
Special Price For VFA Members! SAVE $20.00
University of Illinois Press has less than 100 copies of Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 in stock and there is no reprint scheduled.
If you have been putting off a purchase, wait no longer. The Press offers the book now at $89 (includes postage). If you want to buy it through VFA, however, we can get you copies for as little as $69 (that includes postage).
So don’t wait. Buy it now for yourself or for family or friends for the holidays.
This is the only resource of its kind and will not be available much longer. It is a beautiful book, packed with over 2,200 biographies and pictures of our actions.
Send a check to VFA, c/o Pam Ross,18 Aberdeen Place, St. Louis, MO 63105
VFA is a nonprofit organization for veterans of the Second Wave of the feminist movement. The goals are to enjoy the camaraderie forged during those years of intense commitment, to honor ourselves and our heroes, to document our history, to rekindle the spark and spirit of the feminist revolution and act as keeper of the flame so that the ideals of feminism continue to reverberate and influence others.
VFA is the foremost source of information about the Second Wave women's movement for journalists, historians and other writers. It is the foremost organization for honoring the achievements of Second Wave feminists. It is the foremost organization for bringing together pioneer feminists in a continuing campaign to educate and motivate today's young people through the example of feminist victories and sacrifices.
VFA OFFICE JACQUI CEBALLOS
2228 East Campbell Ave, Apt 121
Phoenix, AZ 85016