Second Wavers & Third Wavers – VA NOW State Conference


Virginia NOW 2010 State Conference

Bridging The Gap
Second Wavers & Third Wavers Together

From Feminine Mystique to Feministing – Let’s Talk!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

James Madison University, Harrisonburg
Montpelier Room, East Campus Dining Hall

What do you think about choice? "Words of Choice" will give you new ideas, new perspectives - make you laugh and cry! Don't miss it - 2:30 pm Saturday, Montpelier Room.

Keynote Speaker: Erin Matson, Action V-P, National NOW

Intergenerational Mini-Confabs, Officer Elections, Resolutions

Special Performance of Acclaimed Play “Words of Choice.”

Lana Ingram – and A Lot of Other NOW Members – Endorse Krystal Ball

Krystal Ball Deserves Endorsement
By Lana Ingram

Krystal Ball embodies exactly what the Farm Team is promoting – a strong, young woman who is committed to moving Virginia forward.  She is 21st century media savvy as can be seen on her webpage, facebook page, and even a listing in Wikipedia. With a degree in Economics, a CPA, her background in competitive sports, and her young daughter, we can expect an intelligent, unflinching, leader who will strive to protect our future.  Her focus is on building healthy communities through economic prosperity, an educated citizenry, and a safe, healthy environment.
Some quotes about Krystal More

Cuccinelli’s Policy All Wrong

Virginia NOW condemns the March 4 letter from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli informing state universities that their non-discrimination policies as applied to gays and lesbians are not authorized by state law and must be rescinded. NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas and supports the ACLU of Virginia’s position that “gays and lesbians are protected against governmental discrimination by the U.S. Constitution.” Universities are required to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation under the U.S. Constitution. More

My Day in Richmond – with Bob Marshall, Dick Saslaw, Fred Quayle, & Dr. Wendy Klein

I went to Richmond yesterday (March 3) to sit in on the Senate Education and Health Committee, which was slated to consider three anti-abortion bills. It’s the same thing every year – the House of Delegates passes the Republican “anti” bills and this Senate committee kills them. In fact, it’s called the killing ground for these totally unnecessary bills. Still – I’m glad I went and wish more people would go. If we’re not there, they’ll think we don’t care – and who knows what (additional) mischief will happen? So, I urge people to show up in Richmond at appropriate times, when NOW and others request that they be there. 

This committee operates like a formal dance – everyone has their place and they perform as rehearsed and expected. The two bills that were considered –  TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) and “informed consent” – both failed 11-4, with Republican Fred Quayle voting with the 10 Democrats. Quayle is an old-timer and I guess he doesn’t much like the lock-step politics of the right wing-nuts and their fixation on abortion. Another interesting note on the Republicans – both Gov. McDonnell and Atty General Cuccinelli sent representatives to speak in favor of both bills (in case anyone thought they were against them). Cuccinelli continues to build his empire, I guess. Or, to continue the metaphor of the dance, fill up his dance card. More


March is Women’s History Month. Take our feminist quiz (with thanks to Charlottesville NOW for the historical questions) and see how much you know about women’s history and about women today.
Which was the first state to give women the right to vote and hold public office?
What was the name of the women’s rights newspaper published by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
What year did women win the right to vote in the United States?
In what New York town was the Declaration of Woman’s Rights issued in 1848?
Who was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate?
Who founded the League of Women Voters?
Who started the first birth control clinic?
Who was the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court?
Who said, “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less”?
What year was NOW founded?
How many women are in the U.S. Senate?
How many women are in the U.S. House of Representatives?
Who is the Speaker of the House?
In Virginia, name the seven women senators in the Virginia Senate? 
How many women delegates are there?

Answers: More

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