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Card 1: To celebrate Native/Indigenous Heritage Month this year, the WGC is holding a raffle supporting Native/Indigenou...
11/10/2020

Card 1: To celebrate Native/Indigenous Heritage Month this year, the WGC is holding a raffle supporting Native/Indigenous women, femme and nonbinary authors, and Native/Indigenous-owned businesses! Follow the WGC on Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter to learn more. Answer the questions correctly, and you will be entered into the raffle!

Card 2: How to enter the raffle:
1. Fill out the google form: https://bit.ly/3p6zMN0 by November 15th.
2. Answer trivia questions correctly!

There are 14 opportunities to win a prize! Winners will be drawn and announced on November 16th!

Card 3:
Who are we supporting?
Writers: Winona LaDuke, Lisa Brooks, Elizabeth Hoover, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Eden Robinson, and Robin Wall Kimmerer
Shops: B.Yellowtail, Lakota People's Law Project, Cheekbone Beauty, Skwálwen Botanicals, Eighth Generation, Birchbark Books

06/23/2020

March 14th, 2004: National Coalition for LGBT Health Awareness Week Starts
In 2003, the National Coalition for LGBT Health’s annual meeting focused on transgender health. They made fact sheets for trans men’s and trans women’s health to be distributed during their National Coalition for LGBT Health Awareness Week the following year, which started on March 14th, 2004.

"Your 'Quarantine Body' is strong enough to survive this collective trauma. Food has no morality, and your body deserves...
06/22/2020

"Your 'Quarantine Body' is strong enough to survive this collective trauma. Food has no morality, and your body deserves comfort."

Image description: A person holding an ice cream cone while wearing a green and orange animal onesie, over a teal background with a heart and flowers.

March 13th, 2009: Anne Wiggins Brown Passes AwayOn this day in Womxn’s History Month we lost a Broadway star and groundb...
06/22/2020
Anne Wiggins Brown (1912-2009) •

March 13th, 2009: Anne Wiggins Brown Passes Away
On this day in Womxn’s History Month we lost a Broadway star and groundbreaking figure in the entertainment industry. Anne Wiggins Brown was the first African American vocalist to attend the Juilliard School in 1928. Brown then went on to star on Broadway throughout the 30s and 40s!
Source: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/brown-anne-wiggins-1912-2009/

Image description: black and white smiling headshot of Anne Wiggins Brown

Broadway performer Anne Wiggins Brown was born August 9, 1912 in Baltimore, Maryland to Dr. Harry F. Brown and Mary Wiggins Brown. Her father, the grandson of a slave, was a respected physician, and her mother was of black, Cherokee, and Scottish-Irish decent. Brown was … Read MoreAnne Wiggins Bro...

06/21/2020

March 12th, 1990: 8-year-old Jennifer Keelan Leads Disability Rights Protest at the Capitol
On this day in 1990, disability rights activists participated in the “Capitol Crawl,” in which they crawled up the steps of the Capitol building to demand the passage of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The ADA was passed later that year, and is the law that governs accessibility requirements for buildings across the country today. 8-year-old Jennifer Keelan (pictured) famously said “I’ll take all night if I have to” about reaching the top of the Capitol building steps. Today we celebrate the resilience and determination of this young activist!
Sources: https://www.businessinsider.com/america-activism-photos-2017-2#around-the-same-time-the-disability-rights-movement-began-activists-worked-to-end-disability-discrimination-and-institute-more-accessibility-regulations-10
https://share.america.gov/crawling-up-steps-demand-their-rights/

06/20/2020

March 11th, 1985: One Day After Whoopi Goldberg’s One Woman Show Closes on Broadway
Whoopi Goldberg, a trailblazer in comedy and now a host on The View, ended the Broadway run of her one-woman-show in 1985 one day prior on March 10th. While March 11th marked the first day without Goldberg on Broadway, it certainly did not mark the end of her contributions to comedy and the entertainment industry at large! In a 2016 interview about being unmarried, Goldberg said, “I don’t want somebody in my house.” Iconic.

March 10th, 2016: NBC Interviews Miss Major Griffin-Gracy in their #31Days Of FeminismLike Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major...
06/19/2020
#31Days of Feminism: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

March 10th, 2016: NBC Interviews Miss Major Griffin-Gracy in their #31Days Of Feminism
Like Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major was also an important figure in the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Griffin-Gracy is still a trans activist today, fighting specifically for trans women of color. In her NBC interview, Miss Major said, “feminism is being allowed to be strong and a delicate flower at the same time! You want to be strong when you are, but you should also be able to be soft and delicate when you feel that way.”

Check out the article here: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/31days-feminism-miss-major-griffin-gracy-n528251

Image description: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy in a floral and cheetah-print patterned orange top, raising her arm.

Throughout the month of March, NBCBLK, NBCLatino, and NBC Asian America have partnered with the Ms. Foundation for Women to spotlight women of color.

06/13/2020

March 9th, 1997: Washington Post Celebrates Composer Hildegard Von Bingen
In an article celebrating female composers, Journalist Gayle Worl highlighted the work of Hildegard Von Bingen (1097-1179), a 12th-century German nun and composer. Worl wrote, “Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century Benedictine abbess, was not only a composer but also a poet, mystic, teacher, scientist and the confidante of popes and politicians. Her ethereal liturgical songs, available on several recent recordings, have become standards in the medieval chant craze of our own time.” If you’d like to listen to a piece by von Bingen, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei88J4lERbk

Here’s the article on female composers: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/style/1997/03/09/women-of-historic-note/259adb97-9eaf-41ef-94e7-d92b7ca54f04/

March 8th, 2018: New York Times Honors Marsha P. JohnsonIn 2018, New York Times Journalists Amisha Padnani and Jessica B...
06/12/2020

March 8th, 2018: New York Times Honors Marsha P. Johnson
In 2018, New York Times Journalists Amisha Padnani and Jessica Bennett came out with their series titled “Overlooked.” In this series, they honored important figures in history who are often overlooked by mainstream historians and Journalists. They wrote, “Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, we’re adding the stories of other remarkable people.” One of the activists they honored was Marsha P. Johnson, a self identified drag queen and Black gay liberation activist. Johnson famously threw the first brick at the Stonewall riots in 1969.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked.html

Image is of Marsha P. Johnson smiling and wearing a flower crown.

06/11/2020

March 7th, 1965: Amelia Boynton Robinson Organizes March from Selma to Montgomery
600 civil rights activists and demonstrators marched from the city of Selma to Montgomery in Alabama in protest of Black voter suppression. The march was organized by Amelia Boynton Robinson, among others. Boynton Robinson was a leader and important activist throughout the civil rights movements and the many marches that took place to fight Black voter suppression.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma_to_Montgomery_marches

06/09/2020

We will be continuing our daily posts on an event in womxn's history from Womxn's History Month!

March 5, 1931: Geraldyn (Jerrie) Cobb is Born
On this day in 1931, Geraldyn (Jerrie) Cobb was born. Cobb was the first woman to ever pass the astronaut qualifying exam in 1959. She was unfortunately not allowed to train because she was a woman.

Source: https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/events/march/

To our sisters and siblings, we are so sorry the movement has forgotten you. We will continue to speak your names. #blac...
06/02/2020

To our sisters and siblings, we are so sorry the movement has forgotten you. We will continue to speak your names. #blackoutTuesday #AllBlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #SayHerName

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05/26/2020

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"Body Positivity" can be toxic when some bodies are valued more than others. No bodies are disposable! (Image is of the ...
05/14/2020

"Body Positivity" can be toxic when some bodies are valued more than others. No bodies are disposable!

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05/09/2020
14 Stunning Pieces of Artwork to Honor #MuslimWomensDay | Muslim Girl

https://muslimgirl.com/14-stunning-pieces-of-artwork-to-honor-muslimwomensday/

Image Description: Pink text on a blue and pink floral circle background reads "Muslim Women's Day Autonomy."

On March 27, 2020, we celebrated the 4th Annual Muslim Women’s Day. The theme of “Autonomy” lives in all of these 14 jaw-dropping pieces of art. These artworks will leave you feeling inspired, reflective, and proud of our Muslim sisterhood. 1. Muslim Women’s Alliance: 2. Teaching While Musli...

https://www.forbes.com/sites/avivahwittenbergcox/2020/04/13/what-do-countries-with-the-best-coronavirus-reponses-have-in...
05/06/2020
What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders

https://www.forbes.com/sites/avivahwittenbergcox/2020/04/13/what-do-countries-with-the-best-coronavirus-reponses-have-in-common-women-leaders/?fbclid=IwAR0bjsTIq-Fm294lPn2BSQpX5VwzpFkOeraJGRiDkzgZ3ebzdzwZn7JlafQ#68d6b4413dec

Image Description: Seven images of female world leaders joined together side by side.

From Iceland to Taiwan and from Germany to New Zealand, women are stepping up to show the world how to manage a messy patch for our human family.

To all the gender nonconforming and gender exploring folks quarantining
04/30/2020

To all the gender nonconforming and gender exploring folks quarantining

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonthMarch 4th, 2018: Daniela...
04/17/2020

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonth

March 4th, 2018: Daniela Vega Makes History at the Academy Awards
At the Academy Awards in 2018, Daniela Vega introduced a performance by Sufjan Stevens, whose song “Mystery of Love” featured in “Call Me By Your Name” was nominated for an award. Vega was the first openly transgender person to present at the Academy Awards!

Image description: Daniela Vega presenting at the Academy Awards in front of a microphone in a pink dress.

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonthMarch 3rd, 1916: The End...
04/16/2020

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonth

March 3rd, 1916: The End of a Womanless Congress
Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to congress, began her term one day later on March 4th, 1916, meaning March 3rd marked the last day of a single-gender Congress. On her win, Rankin said “I may be the first woman member of congress, but I won’t be the last.” A century later in 2019, our leader of congress is a woman (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi). We’ve come a long way!

Image description: Black and white photo of Jeannette Rankin in a hat.
Sources: https://share.america.gov/women-in-politics-timeline/2/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannette_Rankin

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonth March 2nd, 1982: Wiscon...
04/15/2020
LGBTQ Rights Milestones Fast Facts

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonth

March 2nd, 1982: Wisconsin Bans LGBT Discrimination
On March 2nd, 1982, Wisconsin made discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal. They were the first state to do so! Go Wisconsin!
Source: https://www.cnn.com/2015/06/19/us/lgbt-rights-milestones-fast-facts/index.html

Read CNN's Fast Facts on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender milestones in the United States, and learn more about their struggle for equal rights.

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonth March 1st, 2009: Attend...
04/09/2020

Every day in March marked the anniversary of a milestone in women's history! #womenshistorymonth

March 1st, 2009: Attendance Up In Malala Yousafzai’s Class

Malala Yousafzai has spent much of her life fighting to increase education for girls and women. In February 2009, Yousafzai went on Capital Talk, a Pakistani news show, to speak out against the Taliban’s ban on women’s education. Three days later, the Taliban lifted the ban and by March 1st, 19 of the 27 students in Malala’s class were back in school.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai

Image description: Malala Yousafzai speaking with a red scarf around her head and shoulders.

Just because March is over doesn't mean the WGC will stop celebrating women's history month! Keep an eye on our facebook...
04/07/2020

Just because March is over doesn't mean the WGC will stop celebrating women's history month! Keep an eye on our page this week and next week for a this-day-in-women's-history timeline for every day of March!

Image description: Screenshot of DW from the children's cartoon Arthur. Subtitles read "That sign can't stop me because I can't read!" An April 2020 calendar is overlaid on top of the sign.

Here are some awesome Indigenous Womxn's voices to be listening and paying attention to! Image description: Three Indige...
04/02/2020
9 Great Podcasts Hosted By Indigenous Women

Here are some awesome Indigenous Womxn's voices to be listening and paying attention to!

Image description: Three Indigenous women in a recording studio with microphones and multiple computers. Two of them are looking at the same screen.

https://www.flare.com/identity/indigenous-women-podcasts/

As these standout Indigenous podcasts show, the storytelling tradition is alive and well. Nine podcasts, including Finding Cleo and All My Relations

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Hi! I’m writing an article for College Magazine titled “Top 10 Colleges for Women’s Studies,” and your school made the list! Would any students in this major be interested in sharing why your program stands out? Please respond in the comments or feel free to private message me.
Amherst College has approved the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Certificate! This means that Amherst College students who complete the Certificate requirements—six approved classes and an approved special project—may now graduate with the Certificate. Amherst College students who are interested in the Certificate should fill out this student interest form to be connected with a RHRJ Advisor.
Five College registration begins April 1st-check out these great reproductive health, rights, and justice classes!
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I want to ask WHY? Why is toilet paper free in our bathrooms but tampons and pads sold? I don't care about the price tag - what message is that sending? I'm looking for a serious conversation.
Hi Everyone! Interested in gaining hands-on clinical experience, learning about healthcare in the global setting, traveling abroad and helping underserved communities? This opportunity is for you! I'm part of the Global Outreach Organization Volunteers Around the World and we are looking to bring a chapter of VAW Global Health Outreach to Amherst College and need a TEAM LEADER to do so! The TL will be in charge of founding VAW on their campus, recruiting a team of volunteers, fundraising money and preparing the team for the outreach trip during a summer, winter, or spring break to Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Peru or Vietnam. So, if you are looking to have clinical experience abroad, develop valuable leadership and management skills and feel like you might be the right fit to this position, email me at [email protected] for more info!
CLPP is hiring a student group coordinator for the 2017-2018 academic year. Five College students are eligible to apply. Please share! https://clpp.hampshire.edu/webform/2017-2018-student-group-coordinator-application