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Chicago Foundation for Women's Weekly eUpdate

Jan. 1-7, 2008

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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: BE AN ADVOCATE
POLL: What resolution could you make to improve the lives of women and girls in 2008? 
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TUESDAY SPECIAL
CONTEST: HELP US HIT 10,000. On the one-year anniversary of the Tuesday Blast, we'd like to give away prizes to loyal readers and newcomers. Tell your friends to sign up today--our 10,000th subscriber gets a special package. And we will also choose a winner from our poll respondents - make sure you email outreach@cfw.org once you vote. This week: What's your new year's resolution to advocate for women and girls?

WOMEN AND GIRLS: READ ALL ABOUT IT. We recommend books and a film from 2007 that tell stories or teach lessons that everyone should read--scroll down to News Important to You. Resolve to read some feminist tomes this year. And consider other resolutions that would make you a stronger advocate for women and girls. See our poll options and send your ideas to outreach@cfw.org.

TUESDAY STAR
AMANDA MARCOTTE for her Alternet blog post, “This Christmas, you can buy her affection,” pointing out the tendency of many holiday commercials to insinuate that women’s affections are a commodity, easily secured with baubles and bling.

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
LAUGH. Laughing is good for you, research shows. Not only does it raise your spirits and lower your blood pressure, it burns calories and strengthens muscles. One hundred good giggles are the equivalent of 10 minutes on a rowing machine. OK, so it won’t replace a workout, but we think we might be able to double our exercise output by laughing while rowing.

SAVE THE DATE
MARCH 6: MARGARET GARNER.
That evening, join a community conversation at the DuSable Museum of African American History on race, gender and the impact of American slavery today. Margaret Garner was a fugitive slave put on trial for murdering her child--rather than have her return to bondage. Her story inspired Toni Morrison to write the opera "Margaret Garner," opening in Chicago this November. We are a community collaborator and proud to have the creative team present at our 23rd Annual Luncheon and Symposium on Oct. 31.

MARCH 31: CHICAGO SINFONIETTA. Tickets on sale in February. Foundation supporters have reserved seats for the Chicago Sinfonietta’s March 31 concert, along with a special reception. The Sinfonietta performs a tribute to women in classical music to celebrate International Women’s Month. Featuring conductor Tania León (pictured at left), women musicians and composers, this show is not to be missed.

NEWS IMPORTANT TO YOU--
LITERARY EDITION

A look back at what books (and one film) made 2007 a good year to be a woman.

First, a wonderful documentary made in Chicago: "Turning a Corner," on women in the sex trade. It was produced by Beyondmedia Education, a long-time grantee who served as the official documentarian of our “What Will It Take?” anti-violence initiative in Illinois. The award-winning film (which we hope WTTW will come to their senses and air) is available on DVD on Beyondmedia's website.

Click the titles to buy online at Giveline.com, who will donate to us for every item you buy, or online through Chicago's original (and only) feminist bookstore, Women and Children First.

“Taking on the Big Boys: Or Why Feminism Is Good for Families, Business, and the Nation” by Ellen Bravo (Feminist Press, $15.95). We hosted a reading with Bravo in June. Her book outlines the problem of women's inequality in the workplace, but it also gives solutions and--as the title says--offers proof that equality benefits us all.

“Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity” by Robert Jensen (South End Press, $12). The multi-billion dollar industry of porn is hard to face, but Robert Jensen does and brings up the industry's relationship to violence against women and the meaning of manhood in that framework. 

“The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help” by Jackson Katz (Sourcebooks, $16.95). Technically this is a 2006 book, but we like Jackson Katz enough to keep it on this list. Whether you're a man who wants to help prevent violence against women or a woman who wants to know how men fit into the movement--this is a must-read. 

“Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration” by Jody Raphael (Northeastern University Press, $22). Raphael is a researcher at Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul University College of Law, one of our grantees. "Tammy" is the end of Raphael's trilogy, including “Saving Bernice” on poverty and “Listening to Olivia” on the sex trade.

“Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System” by Silja A. Talvi (Seal Press, $15.95). The number of women in prison has grown exponentially in the last decade. Talvi uncovers how incarcerated women fare in the justice system and why the female population has been booming.

TAKE ACTION
Online Action Center: See the latest bills and policies that need your energy

WHAT IS MISSING?
We add perspective to recent headlines

The story: The Associated Press asked presidential hopefuls to name their “most prized possession.” In a misguided effort to be funny, Republican Fred Thompson answered: “Trophy wife.”
What is missing: AP noted that Thompson’s answer was “tongue in cheek,” but we think it’s much more than that, starting with the offensive idea of a wife as a “possession.” No human being is a possession, a point we hope to reinforce when we begin a series of community conversations in March centered on the “Margaret Garner” opera and the legacy of slavery. March 6 will be the first discussion on race and gender, featuring “Margaret Garner” expert Delores Walters (at right).

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

THIS MONTH
JAN. 9: Meeting: African American Leadership Council, 6-7:30 p.m.
JAN. 10: Our Voices, Our Choices Coalition Meeting, 2-4 p.m.
JAN. 10: Meeting: Asian American Leadership Council, 6-8 p.m.
JAN. 16: Meeting: Lesbian Leadership Council, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
JAN. 23: Meeting: Young Women’s Leadership Council, 6-7:30 p.m.
JAN. 30: 2008 Chicago City Budget Forum, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The new letter of intent deadline for spring 2008 grants will be announced after Jan. 17, in the Tuesday Blast and on cfw.org. For more information on applying for our grants, click here.

COMING IN MARCH
MARCH 6: "Margaret Garner" kickoff community conversation, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
MARCH 31: A Celebration of Women in Classical Music: Chicago Sinfonietta, 6 p.m. reception and 7:30 p.m. concert

For more programs and events see our calendar page.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Catch up at our Press Room or our Past Events page at cfw.org.


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