This is my first report since I've had the honor of assuming the Presidency of VFA, succeeding Jacqui Ceballos who founded the organization and has been its only president and most passionate guiding spirit for 25 years. She continues to run the office which typically includes warm and robust communications with the wider feminist community. She is still the face of VFA and hers are difficult, if not impossible shoes to fill.
So, mindful of her legacy and free-spirited leadership, I decided to follow my own style--which is dramatically different from hers--and hoped for the best.
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 $92 (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.
MARLENE SANDERS, our friend and co feminist, and for many years the only woman with the position of a television journalist has left us. She was 84.
Marlene had covered feminist events from the founding of NOW and was still in contact with many of us. I'd been in touch with her in April and was shocked and saddened to hear of her death.
Very close to Betty Friedan, Marlene first supported the Movement from the "sidelines", but, as a VP of ABC in 1970's she began to take an active part.
In 1972 she filmed the first "get together" of NOW and the women's liberation movement at a lower East side public school. Sadly, the tape she made of the event was stolen and thrown into the East River by a group who decided they didn't want the feminist movement covered by any TV station.
Tragically, we have said goodbye to many great feminists in the past two years... but VFA will make sure that they and their legacy, will never be forgotten.
Our condolences to her son Jeffrey, and his family.
Filmmaker Al Sutton Produced and Directed this inspirational short film with historic, archival footage documents the largest gender equality event in US history, where fifty thousand gathered in New York City to celebrate. It also acknowledges the contribution of the early pioneer feminists.
Veteran Feminists of America is proud to have him as a member.
The organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Jane Hunt, and Mary Ann McClintock. On July 19, 1848, they stood before 300 curious people and presented a Declaration of Rights and Sentiments. That document, modeled after the Declaration of Independence, declared that all men and women are created equal. It demanded equal access to all means of employment and the ministry. And it insisted that women had "the duty…to secure to themselves their sacred right of franchise," or suffrage (the right to vote).
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The Celebration of Sidney Abbott's life at the Judson Memorial Church, NYC, was upbeat, joyous and even inspirational. About 150 people attended, including many well-known feminists.
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.
The purpose of Veteran Feminists of America is to honor, record and preserve the history of the accomplishments of women and men active in the feminist movement, to educate the public on the importance of the changes brought about by the women’s movement, and to preserve the movement’s history for future generations.
VFA is a nonprofit organization for supporters and veterans of the Second Wave of the feminist revolution. It is the foremost national source of information about the modern women's movement for journalists, historians, archivists and writers.
Veteran Feminists of America is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.