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Chicago Foundation for Women's Weekly eUpdate

Jan. 8-14, 2008

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CHICAGO'S BUDGET,
 BEHIND THE SCENES

What does the 2008 Chicago city budget have in store for women and girls? And how is the budget drafted? How does the budget impact you? From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, join us at a forum with three aldermen, including budget expert Ald. Helen Shiller (Ward 46). Register now.

From left: Ald. Shiller and Ald. Freddrenna M. Lyle (Ward 6) at the 2007 city budget forum.

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CELEBRATE WOMEN: JANUARY

JAN. 22: 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
JAN. 25: Virginia Woolf's birthday

TUESDAY SPECIAL
BLASTING OFF ANEW IN 2008. Can you believe the Tuesday Blast is already one year old? And, we’re just shy of the 10,000-subscriber mark. To mark both milestones, we’re having a contest—and you could be the winner. Here’s how it works: Send us your suggestions for making the Tuesday Blast a more valuable and useful resource. Email outreach@cfw.org with the subject line “Feedback,” and we will draw a few respondents at random for prizes. Winners will be contacted by email and announced in our Jan. 29 Tuesday Blast. Don't forget to tell your friends to sign up for the Tuesday Blast--our 10,000th subscriber gets a special package.

TUESDAY STARS
STEPHANIE SINCLAIR for her disturbing photo of a child bride in Afghanistan, which won the photo of the year (at right) from the United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF.

KATHY STANGL, despite a painful and incurable lung disease, is grilling Presidential candidates on health care. She has confronted almost every contender about universal health care and medical research. “The legacy I want to leave is for my daughters—that one person can make a difference,” she said. 

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
DEADLINE TODAY: REGISTER TO VOTE IN ILLINOIS. For all new voters, or for voters who have moved or changed their names, the Illinois State Board of Elections needs your registration forms postmarked by today, Jan. 8, to vote in the Feb. 5 primary. (The form in English.) Cook County residents can register until Jan. 22 at the county clerk’s office but must cast absentee ballots for the primary. For information on other states’ deadlines, visit the League of Women Voters’ www.Vote411.org

JAN 14: OPEN YOUR “POCKETBOOK.” At 7 p.m. for one night only, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents “The PocketBook Monologues.” The Foundation is a co-sponsor of this honest, funny and racy production that talks about women’s “pocketbooks” from a black woman’s perspective. Tickets are $35.  

LISTEN NOW
"DESCRIBE, PLEASE, THE DESTROYED GOODS," a judge asked during the trial of Margaret Garner, a fugitive slave who murdered a daughter rather than have her return to slavery. Registration starts today for our first community conversation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Register online for $25, which includes a reception. Listen to Mary Morten’s conversation with expert Delores Walters (MP3), who will speak at the program, to learn more about the incredible story behind the opera based on Garner’s life and legacy.

SAVE THE DATE
MARCH 31: RECOGNIZE WOMEN IN CLASSICAL MUSIC. The Chicago Sinfonietta will feature women composers and artists at their March 31 concert, including guest conductor Tania León (at right). Exclusive tickets go on sale through our website starting in February.

WHAT IS MISSING?
DIET RESOLUTION EDITION

To ring in 2008 and all the healthy resolutions it may bring, we turn a feminist eye to dieting.

What does Body Mass Index have to do with it?
BMI, as it’s called for short, categorizes you as underweight, normal, overweight, obese or morbidly obese based on your height, weight and gender. The size-acceptance women at Shapely Prose created a slideshow of diverse women (and a few men) with body mass indexes across the board. Consider this a reminder that labels and calculators aren’t the end-all and be-all of either health or beauty. 

“Health at Every Size”
A long-term study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of obese adult women found remarkable health improvements when the women focused on healthy lifestyle changes at their own pace, without a weight loss goal in mind. These women “learned how to build their self-esteem; recognize and follow the body’s natural, internal cues to hunger and satiety (a feeling of fullness); make healthy choices at mealtimes and in between; and enjoy some form of physical activity—an approach that’s different from exercising mainly to lose weight.”  

A diet by any other name…
In Chicago, it’s everywhere: “Live or diet.” “Go on a diet diet.” Sounds like a positive message, right? But the messenger is in fact Weight Watchers, who claim their program is about lifestyle changes, not dieting. Their programs involve counting calories (albeit as “Points”) and exercising in order to earn more “Points” for food or more rapid weight loss. Our point is simple: If it focuses on weight loss, it’s a diet. Period. Thanks again to Shapely Prose and other blogs in the “Fatosphere” for their insight.

NEWS IN BRIEF
MRIs are being lauded for detecting tumors in breasts, but women deserve more preventative cancer research, according to Ms. Magazine. Read an excerpt.

States are ensuring
emergency contraception access, and abstinence-only education got more failing grades—two of the top 10 wins for women’s health and rights in 2007, according to the International Women’s Health Coalition.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

THIS WEEK
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.

NEXT WEEK
JAN. 16: Meeting: Lesbian Leadership Council, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

LATER IN JANUARY
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.

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

NEW LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE for spring 2008 grants will be announced after Jan. 17, in the Tuesday Blast and on cfw.org. To learn about applying for our grants, click here.

For more programs and events see our calendar page.

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