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What's Happening (just Select/Click below)                       OCTOBER 2016
A LETTER FROM
TWO PRESIDENTS

 

"We are proud of you all!"


Jacqui Ceballos
Founder and former President,
Veteran Feminists of America

and

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. 
 
"We are proud of you all!"
 
In Sisterhood and with warm good wishes...
 
Eleanor and Jacqui

Help VFA
continue its extremely important work to
preserve
Women's History.

 

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VFA celebrated with NOW for its 50th Anniversary
June 24-25, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Muriel Fox, founder of NOW and Chair of the Board of VFA, took the initiative to schedule a VFA Board meeting to coincide with the NOW 50th anniversary conference in Washington DC, in late June 2016.
 


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Veteran Feminists of America

Video Archives Room

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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.

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A Listing of  Reports from Past VFA Events,
Honors and Celebrations.

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Celebrating its 44th Anniversary

"Women and Madness"

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Phyllis Chesler Official Site:
https://phyllis-chesler.com

 
Meeting Dr. Phyllis Chesler
by Dr. Bob Brannon


Excerpts from an introduction

I first saw Dr. Phyllis Chesler at my first national psychologists’ convention, in Miami in 1970, 46 years ago, when feminism was erupting on the landscape across America. A young and determined Phyllis Chesler, in boots, long black hair flowing, strode to the plenary podium of the American Psychological Association, to demand of A.P.A. “one million dollars, in reparations, to women abused by the mental health profession”; or, to create and fund “A shelter, for run-away wives.”

I had no idea at that time how this fiery, “unstoppable-force,” radical feminist had come to this remarkably combative consciousness, what events, what “clicks,” had so sharpened her awareness of women’s status within patriarchy. I knew nothing then of her shattering early-married experience, as a captive, powerless bride in remote Islamic Kabul, Afghanistan. If you have not already read her award-winning recent book “An American Bride in Kabul,” you have a rich treat in store.

The next year, Dr. Chesler rocked psychology once again, with evidence that numerous male psychotherapists, around New York City in particular, were sexually exploiting young female patients. This would eventually lead to changes in APA policies, and to changes in state laws.

In 1972 Dr. Chesler published her sensational, explosive best-seller, Women and Madness. She was the first feminist scholar to boldly confront the patriarchal world of clinical psychology and psycho-therapy, exposing the profound contempt for women which then pervaded clinical practice. Her courageous and brilliant book has been translated into many languages, and is today in every major library in the world, among the most famous and successful books of all time.

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Imagine a Future: Visionary Women Talk About the Potential to Ignite Change

 

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IGNITE THE WORLD

 

 


In this video introducing IGNITE, Grantee partners, IGNITE contributors, and women leading change in the technology sector help us imagine a future where the digital gender gap is closed, and make the case for empowering women and girls in technology and science.

http://ignite.globalfundforwomen.org/
 

 

You can’t build peace
by leaving half of the population out.

 

 

For Further Information:
nowomennopeace.org


No women, no peace. Speech at Slutwalk London rally, 2011

Women have the right to shape peace processes and contribute to the rebuilding of their societies. They have gender-specific experiences in conflict which should be reflected in conflict prevention, reconstruction and peacebuilding. Many women recognise the links between war-time violence and the violence that continues post-conflict.
 

 

THE
GLOBAL FUND
FOR WOMEN

https://www.youtube.com/user/
GlobalFund4Women

 

 

Global Fund for Women exists to support the tireless and courageous efforts of women’s groups who work every day to win rights for women and girls. These groups are working to ensure women can own property, vote, run for office, get paid fair wages, and live free from violence – including domestic violence, sexual assault, and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation.
 

SAY NO
TO HONOR
KILLINGS


Help HUMANITY

http://humanityhealing.org/
petitions/
say-no-to-honor-killings/


Women in Hell - Honor Killings; the story of Zahida Parveen 

 


From:



Muriel Fox

Chair of the Board of VFA

 


You may be doing this already, but I urge you to tell members loudly and clearly how they can obtain absentee ballots for voting this November. 

This is not a partisan issue. 

But many of our members are unable to travel to the polls for one reason or another, and we should tell them how to get absentee ballots from their local election commissions.

Best regards,

Muriel

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Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975

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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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LEE PERKINS

 

MEET VFA MEMBER: LEE PERKINS

 "If we are ever to succeed in getting our rights, we have to make sure small town women isolated in rural America are aware that the future does not have to be like the past.

Coming to Washington in 1965 with its southern culture more blatantly on display than it is now, really opened my eyes."

As reported via 
theguardian

Pam Ross ( VFA Treasurer) heard about Jeannetta Maclin’s case in February and spearheaded the effort to enlist supporters to attend court and advocate for her Jeannetta Maclin.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/24/jeannetta-maclin-fire-justice-system




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

Why America
Never Had
Universal Child Care

In 1971, a national
day-care bill
almost became law.

President Nixon
Vetoed the Bill

 

Once Upon a Time - TRAILER from California Newsreel on Vimeo.
 

UPDATE:
March 15, 2016

I would like to update you on our progress on the involvement of VFA in the museum and library collection currently being created at the New York Historical Society.
 
We are still so excited that this outstanding institution will enthusiastically feature our Second Wave artifacts and stories in its developing Center for the Study of Women’s History.

VFA establishes partnership with

Center for the
Study of Women's History
at the New York Historical Society

Contact: 
Rebecca Lubetkin
for further info:

lubetkin@rci.rutgers.edu

 


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.
 
Rebecca

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.   

Mary Dore,
Director/ Producer
 

 

Find a Screening:
http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com/findascreening/

 

 


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Dear Woman
of
My Dreams

by Lois Kathryn Herr

Dear Woman of My Dreams is Kathryn’s 1923 diary, covering her nineteenth year. This coming-of-age story is told in her own words as she goes about her daily life at college with her friends and with her mother and grandmother at home. She writes to the woman that she sees as herself in later years, and the book closes with a brief chapter based on letters and the diary Kathryn wrote when she was one hundred years old.

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New Amazon TV Series
Based on
Journalists’
Struggle for Equal Rights

Premieres
October 28, 2016

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Lynn Povich, author,
“The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.”

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http://www.lynnpovich.com/
 

 
MUSIC TO INSPIRE


Standing On The Shoulders
Published on Mar 20, 2015
http://www.standingontheshoulders.org

Official theme song of 75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, in 1995.  Providing education to women and girls is the most effective route to reducing poverty, hunger and child mortality globally. Education also builds stronger communities. Knowledge is empowering!

Learn what a difference they made!

http://www.standingontheshoulders.org
 
 


 One Billion Rising

BREAK THE CHAINS

Since Eve Ensler launched the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women she has been repeatedly asked: is it a dance movement or overtly political? A protest or a giant global celebration? Just a few weeks before 14 February, the date that Ensler, activist and author of The Vagina Monologues, designated the "day to rise", she says: "I've never seen anything like it in my lifetime."

http://www.onebillionrising.org/
 


ONE FINE DAY
 
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.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ishtarfilms
 


ONE WOMAN
http://song.unwomen.org

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From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia, acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity:
We are "One Woman".

 


THE LADY LIFERS
Including Brenda Watkins, lead vocals, Dannielle Hadley, Debra Lee Brown, Theresa Battles, Diane Metzger, Thelma Nichols, Joann Butler, Lena Brown and Trina Garnett. Words by Howard Woodring, music by Naomi Blount.

We Hear You, We See You 

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This performance was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. A life sentence in Muncy Pennsylvania Correctional Facility means exactly that. These women, all of whom have served decades in prison, sing of the very real possibility of dying alone in prison.

Changing the Way We Think
 

 


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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.

 

 

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