#VaYFCon2015 on a buget? Read on and join us!!

The Details :: Come for Free

First Come First Served 

For College/Graduate attendees on tight budgets:
3 rooms are available for free Friday andSaturday night to young feminists who need them. Rooms accommodate up to 4 guests.
10 conference registrations are available for free.
To register, please email Simone at WebEditor@vanow.org to get your name on the sponsorship list. I will get your request recorded. Then, register at the link on the left, and mark Pay At The Door for payment. When the 10 registrations are taken, I will send another email with that announcement.
For the hotel rooms, email Simone at WebEditor@vanow.org with your request. I will get your message to our president forthwith. Same here. When then hotel rooms are all taken, I let you know.
Announcements will also be made on our blog and other social media.
Again, you may register for one day, or two, or the whole conference. But register. We need Saturday lunch orders and a chair count!
Other fees can be found at the registration page, here. Full details at the webpage, here.
VA NOW is thankful for the members who donated these sponsorships. Your support for new generations of dedicated feminists is a great inspiration!!!
Come on over — or down, or up — to Richmond. Come for the whole meeting, or just the day that most interests you.
 Young Feminist Conference Logo
For women!
Simone Roberts
VA NOW Web Editor / Historian / ERA Coordinator

VA NOW Young Feminists Conference: Speakers Announced!

This is going to rock. We’re so proud of the work Richmond NOW has done on this conference. They are an amazing crewe!

Virginia ERA Network

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS  ::  Registration Extends to April 3  :: Sponsorships

About #VaYFCon2015
  1. Local organizing team. We are not pulling in national figureheads; we focus on change in communities can make, here and now.
  2. Many conferences are put on by groups who have already planned out everything and just need volunteers. Richmond NOW created these panels, found experts and professionals, and pulled together our personal hours, resources, and ideas. This is a community conference.
  3. The YFC recognizes and acts on the serious nature of intersectional oppression. Discussions and panels are specifically designed to check privileges of race, class, sexuality, and ability status, conciliate, and build towards our future feminist movement.

Saturday Keynote Speakers

Vida Williams
Managing Partner at The Axis Partners & Founder, GirlsFit! In Richmond, VA
Delegate Charniele Herring
46th VA House of Delegates District

Panels will invite discussion and collaboration. Opening remarks by…

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Sponsorships for Young Feminists Conference, Hurray!

A Few Sponsorships with more on the way!
Tight budget? Generous long-time members of NOW in Virginia have offered to sponsor some rooms, and some fees. More may be on the way, but here’s what we have now:
  • 2 rooms are covered, rooms sleep  up to 4.
  • Student members of Women Matter at VCU, fees can be covered. Email Simone, WebEditor@vanow.org,  and I’ll get you in touch with the donor.
  • A donation of $200 has been made for rooms or for fees.
  • More may be on the way, we are beating the bushes! I’ll keep you updated.
Again, this offer is for young feminists, on a tight budget (in school / underemployed).
To contact us about these sponsorships, email me at the address above (or just reply to this email). Let me know how to contact you, and I’ll get your request to the executives at VA NOW in charge of these sponsorships.
It’s late notice, I know, but we’re working on it!!
Hotel registration deadline
is tomorrow, March 27th! 
For the $119 price, 4 occupants.
You can still reserve a room after this date, but the conference price will expire on Friday.
We know many of our members are used to registering on arrival, since all our schedules are difficult to predict.

Please, don’t wait this time.
The planning and logistics of this conference are far more complicated than in recent years. For our planning purposes, having your name on the list early will help us a lot!

Address: 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond, Va. 23235.

Mention that you are reserving as part of the Virginia National Organization for Women. Please be prepared to indicate the number and names of guests staying in your room.

Telephone: (804) 379-3800 or

Rooms: Rooms can be shared. All the rooms are doubles and allow up to 4 guests per room. $119 per night (Friday and Saturday). We have 40 rooms reserved for attendees.

Register NOW. Pay at the Door.Come for one day, or two, or three. 
Scaled fees to meet most needs.
Fun + Feminism = #VaYFCon2105
Film! Poetry! Music! 
Come for the fun, and stay for the knowledge.
Session Topics
Running for Office * Diversity in Queer Politics * Dismantling Privilege *
Cultural Competency in a Globalized Country * Advocacy 101 *
Communication in the Communication Era * Mental Health is Health – Period *
Fair Housing * Better Anti-Poverty Policy * Moms are Feminists Too *
Body Positivity
Please register before
March 30, 2015.
Come on over — or down, or up — to Richmond. Come for the whole meeting, or just the day that most interests you.
For women!
Simone Roberts
VA NOW Web Editor / Historian / ERA Coordinator
Happy Women’s History Month!!
Great Reading at Virginia NOW Online.

BIG!, HUGE!, ERA News Coming this Week

UpDate: Take backsies! The Big Huge ERA News is NOT NOT NOT Coming. Postponed. Indefinitely. Watch this space.

BIG!, HUGE!, ERA News Coming this Week.

Hop over the Virginia ERA Network Blog: Pay close attention to your feminist news feeds and sources on Wednesday, around 12:30 pm EDT or so. Maybe tune in to C-Span or MSNBC. You might have to hunt around. It is the ERA after all, and the mainstream press is not hot on that particular trail.

Training and Management Resources for Our Chapters

Every nonprofit and advocacy organization needs training. We have staff who need to refresh their tech skills or messaging approach. We have new staff who need to their way around, and fast. At live long last, the progressive community has its very own nonprofit training and management organization: The New Organizing Institute (neworganizing.com).
I attended a two day training in graphic design with them. The training was great. Instructors always moved from objectives to instruction and through to hands-on practice. They offered loads of one-on-one as needed. It was an intense two days, and as a total novice with Photoshop and Illustrator I had to learn fast, but all trainees are given access to the presentation slides, so it’s easy to go in and refresh or practice more later. Totally a +1 in my book.

The trainors they invite are at the top of their game. At least, they were for this graphic design module. Jessica Teal of Echo.co a was the head of design for the Obama ‘08 campaing. She did nearly the whole first day on design basics. Revolution Messaging went into the deeper mysteries of the software. They’ve worked for Ultraviolet, Senator Cory Booker, MoveOn.org, Run Warren Run, Emily’s List, and Lady Parts Justice. So, you’re learning from people of that caliber.
They two registration levels for those who are gainfully employed, depending on the size of your organization: big $800, and small $550. Since VA NOW is all volunteer, I got a scholarship. and we paid a much smaller fee. Worth it. The staff there have to make to a living, and the presenters are serious pros. Also, they feed you breakfast and snacks, and are very into building community and networking — they want to get to know you and for you to get to know others.

They offer free online training modules in the Toolbox on a range of essential topics:

⦁ Organizing And Leadership
⦁ Online Organizing
⦁ Data Management
⦁ Van
⦁ Campaign Management
⦁ Voter Registration
⦁ Voter Contact
⦁ For Trainers
⦁ Organizing Your Career
⦁ Election Administration

So, if you want to expand your skill set, or that of your group or chapter, here’s a good place to look.

Also, more.

Here’s a great article from Social Anarchism on dealing with interpersonal friction in your organizations. It will happen, and we all need bright-new-world strategies for dealing with it.

Lots of tips and advice from Grant Space on managing your organization’s board (executives or officers) and membership.

Blue Avocado is a blog and newsletter full of useful topics for people who run or work for nonprofits.

This Pintrest board is full of fun and non-food fundraising and fun-raising ideas. Money does make a difference.

Idealware is just one of many companies that offer lots of useful softward to help your officers and staff do the work.

Frankly, there is a ton of free advice out there on the ‘net. Go find more of what you need.

We’re Expanding Our Staff and Our Programs!

Staff openings at both the state and local level!


Initiatives for Participation

Communications Department

–  a background in art, communications, promotion, social media marketing, public relations, advertising

Available Positions

Virginia NOW Programs Director
● Arlington NOW Publicity Director 

Party/Event Planning and Fundraising Department
event planning and fundraising background

Available Positions

Virginia NOW Party Representative

Outreach Department
passion for interacting

Available Positions

Virginia NOW Outreach Director
● Virginia NOW Membership Development

Finance Department

crunching numbers

 Available Positions

Virginia NOW PAC Treasurer
● Arlington NOW Treasurer


Upcoming election VERY SOON!


Executive Elected Positions
State Chapter

(Elected by majority vote at state conference, state council meeting every other year – or by electronic vote!)


  • Executive Vice President
  • PAC Treasurer

  These are elected positions. Unlike appointed positions you will have to wait until the next upcoming election to begin your official term.  Members of Virginia NOW can run for any executive position (except for Treasurer), but these positions are specially highlighted and seeking immediate candidates.  Staff positions are currently unpaid.

Appointed Staff Positions
State Chapter

(Positions specially selected by executive officers for their expertise)

Virginia Chapter Position Openings
Local Chapter

  • Arlington Vice President  (Elected)
  • Arlington Treasurer  (Elected)
  • Arlington Publicity Director  (Appointed)
Click HERE for details on joining our staff!


Love and Revolution,

Paradise Kendra
Communications VP/Webmistress

Virginia NOW (*)(*)(*)

Women’s History Month Is Here!!!

Hello there, Virginia! For Women’s History Month, I want to offer you a whole bouquet of rich sources. Why so much at once, you ask? Well, because I’m going to stay busy with women’s futures for the rest of March. I’m going to keep on with the Virginia ERA Network project, and guide our members on writing to Congress to lift that pernicious deadline and to write letters to the editors of our great local newspapers. We need to remind women that they have more at stake than they know.

First, our very own Virginia NOW Foremothers Oral History Project. You can view the videos on our You Tube channel. You can read about the project on its webpage in our site. It’s still very rough, and there’s loads of other archival material I’m going to organize and present one of these days, when I carve out more time for it. There are some real gems in here, and there’s more raw video coming soon.

Second, you know the Turning Point Suffragists Memorial Project, right? Well, check in with them regularly. They’re doing amazing work, coming ever closer to publicly memorializing the sacrifices these foremothers made for the vote. They have some spiffy new social media rocking on Facebook and WordPress.

But, that’s our local work and a history populated largely by one kind of feminist. In honor of our Young Feminists Conference, April 10-12 in Richmond, and the more complex kind of feminism embraced by many in Generation X and the Millennials, the third and fourth waves of feminism, I want to guide you to some other organizations doing a great job celebrating women’s history.

Though these sources are more than anyone can take in quickly, they are but a hint at the scope of women’s history in the US and in our cultures of origin. I invite you to begin here and explore as far your mind and time will take you. Don’t worry, there’s no quiz. Consider this an invitation to great community and solidarity.

Asian American/Pacific Islander women also have recorded their rich history. A number of good sources are in this Daily Kos article for 2012, Women of Color in Women’s History: Asian and Asian Pacific Americans, and in this historical text some of which can be read on Google Books (but which you should buy) Women in Asia: Restoring Women to History. And again, because it is our art, our stories, that keep us connected and strong for the work of change, I direct you to Vona Voices and Asian American Writers Workshop where you’ll discover and rediscover AAPI voices vital to us all.

Madame Noire has run a great profile series on African American women who don’t get much recognition, but deserve it. About.com has a well curated collection of articles on African American Women’s History, and National Women’s History Month offers a great overview of the trouble and triumph of black women in US history. An excellent source for discovering, or reading new work by African American writers is Cave Canem — go, read. I also recommend the African American Literature and Culture Society, and BlackWriters.org.

Of Jewish women in American history, there is a very thorough compendium at the Jewish Virtual Library, and the amazing Jewish Women’s Archive. Brandies and Feminist Press are cooperating to publish a series of contemporary Jewish American women writers, their work is breathtaking!!

Latina Magazine is running a great personality piece featuring 40 Latina Women Who Changed the World. Ms. Blog is taking a more historical perspective with their 5 Fascinating Latinas for Women’s History Month article. For those who want dig deeper, Powerful Latinas offers a great reading list on Latina and Chicana history. Thinking more currently, Latino Rebels is running several great features on women this month. And because our communities live more vibrantly by our arts, Lettras Latinas is always connecting us with great contemporary writing.

Gay Star News offers 11 inspiring LGBT women of history, and HuffPost ran a portraits piece in 2012 on Famous Women Who Loved Women. Among many issues facing the LGBTQIA community is the current rash of murders of trans women of color. I encourage each of you to find a way, no matter what it is, to honor all women and our history by finding a way to bring awareness to this issue, and pressure for better education and protections. It happens that this year we are experience violence against these women with greater intensity than previously. We must seize this moment. The women of this community are also fine writers. AutoStraddle recently published a list of 10 novels and memoirs by and about Black lesbian, bisexual and queer women. I would also direct you to both Sibling Rivalry Press and Lambda Literary for more great writing from LGBTQIA women.

Again, Daily Kos’ Women of Color in Women’s History series in 2012 offers terrific portraits of Native Women in our history, and Ms. Blog’s 10 Things You Should Know about Native American Women is a quick and essential read. The Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains is a good place to get familiar with contemporary issues facing Native women, as are NAWHERC and IndianLaw.org. The Open Education Database offers a list of 20 Native women authors we all deserve to know. I also recommend the poetry anthology Sing, edited by Allison Hedge-Coke, which contains poems by indigenous women through out the Americas, many in their original languages and in translation.

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