Feb. 10-16, 2009
We love women making an impact
Tickets for the 2009 Impact Awards on March 19 are on sale now. The awards recognize women whose leadership and compassion are changing the world. Join us in the Narcissus Room at Macy's on State Street to honor three advocates who are making great strides for women and girls. Dolores Huerta will receive this year's Pioneer Award—read more about her in Tuesday Stars, where we will also introduce Action Award honorees Mary Mitchell and Prue Beidler in the coming weeks.
Dolores Huerta's life story revolves around activism, compassion and leadership. She is a leading advocate for the human rights of workers, immigrants and women. Huerta co-founded United Farm Workers with César Chávez and now leads the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Her recognitions include the U.S. Presidential Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award and induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame. We will honor her with the 2009 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award for a Pioneer in Women’s Rights at our Impact Awards on March 19. Read more about Huerta's life and work on our website.
The constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage will be considered by the state Supreme Court on March 5. Voters passed Proposition 8 on the Nov. 4 ballot, invalidating a May 2008 court decision that declared same-sex marriage legal. The Supreme Court's decision may also impact the validity of 18,000 same-sex marriages that have already occurred. According to The Los Angeles Times, the California Supreme Court "has been inundated with friend-of-the-court arguments in the case," a majority of which are from supporters of same-sex marriage, including Feminist Majority Foundation and National Organization for Women, the Feminist Daily Newswire reports. A decision is due within 90 days of the hearing.
Are abortion and humor like oil and water? A survey by the magazine "Our Truths–Nuestras Verdades" found that many women say humor has helped or could have helped them during their abortion experiences, and they have a generally negative impression of how entertainment and news media minimize abortion experiences. Read more at RH Reality Check or in the Winter 2009 "Our Truths–Nuestras Verdades" (PDF), in English and Spanish.
Grantee Spotlight: Part 2 on transgender inclusion
Last week, we began our two-part series on how women’s and girls’ organizations can incorporate the issues and needs of transgender people. (Read Part 1 here.) We gave a brief introduction on transgender identity and disproportionate injustices the trans community faces, then shared the work of Women and Girls Collective Action Network. This week, we showcase Young Women’s Empowerment Project's work on reproductive justice and offer insight from Lara Brooks at Howard Brown’s Broadway Youth Center.
Work with us this year: Download a job description and apply for the 2009 Jessica Eve Patt Internship (PDF).
On Sat., Jan. 31, we offered the first in a series of forums on health disparities, especially among communities of color. "Obtaining Peace of Mind: Dealing with the Stressors of Everyday Life" kicked off the series at the Gary Comer Youth Center. The program addressed several health issues African American women face: the lack of access to pre-natal care and maternal health; the challenges of substance abuse; and diabetes. Pictured, left to right: Kuliva Wilburn, MPH, moderator; Shelley A. Davis, Chicago Foundation for Women; Rebecca Holbrook, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition; Kischa Hampton, Access Community Health Network; and Dawnavan Davis, a doctor at The University of Chicago Department of Medicine. Thanks to all our guests and panelists as well as the Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, our series sponsor. The Medill News Service covered this program—the article focuses on diabetes and wellness, which Dawnavan Davis addressed.
Read more at our Press Room and our Past Events at cfw.org.
Advocacy News: Sexual health summit in D.C.
Chicago Foundation for Women participated in a national summit in Washington, D.C. last week that convened advocates for responsible sexual health education from across the country. The conference—hosted by Advocates for Youth, ACLU, Ms. Foundation for Women, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and SIECUS—gave participants the opportunity to share local strategies and celebrate successful campaigns. One such success story came from the Collaborative for Comprehensive School-Age Health, which advocated for comprehensive sexual health education programming in Cleveland public schools. An independent research firm's evaluation of the program found that students benefited enormously from medically accurate and age-appropriate information. Summit participants also participated in a coordinated lobby day. Chicago Foundation for Women and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health spoke with staff for Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., lobbying for passage of the Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act and for the elimination of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.
Find more advocacy opportunities at our Online Action Center.
Visit our website calendar to see all our upcoming programs, events and cosponsorships.
In the spotlight
FEB. 11 (Wed.): Valentine’s Day Family Violence Lecture with Robert Jensen
(DePaul College of Law), 2:15-5 p.m.
FEB. 16 (Mon.): 2nd Annual February Fundraiser (for the Lesbian Leadership Council's
Lavender Fund), 6-8 p.m.
FEB. 17 (Tues.): The Fine Art of Supporting Women and Girls, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NEW MARCH 12 (Thurs.): Grantees: How to Budget in an Economic Crisis, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
NEW MARCH 18 (Wed.): Queer Funding Strategies for Women-Led Organizations and
Women Leaders, Session 3 (Lesbian Leadership Council program), 6-8 p.m.
NEW MARCH 19 (Thurs.): 2009 Impact Awards at Macy's Narcissus Room, 5:30-8 p.m.
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