Women's Equality Day 2007
Once again this year the NWHP joined a coalition of California women's organizations to stage of Women's Equality Day Parade in Sacramento. . This year the parade program was followed by a slide presentation on the strategies of Woman Suffrage Movement by Robert Cooney(establish link to his bio in the National Presenters), author of Winning the Vote: the Triumph of the Woman Suffrage Movement.(establish link to book in webstore). Bob's presentation was an amazing tribute to the creative, brilliant strategies of the movement as well as to the tenacity of working for 72 years to win the right to vote.
My participation in Women's Equality Day was different from previous years in that I spent a day at Fort Irwin in Southern California. Although I have spoken at many hundreds of national, federal, and community gatherings, this year was the first time I had the opportunity to speak to about 250 military personal. From the posters that decorated the facility to the introduction by the Commanding Officer to the program which included soldiers portraying some of the most famous women's right activists, I was very impressed by the preparation, understanding, and respect for the importance of Women's Equality Day.
It seems that often the federal government does more programs for Women's Equality Day than women's organizations or the schools. Since next year is an election year, we are hoping that we'll be able to launch an early campaign to encourage more programs, parades, and special events throughout country to recognize Women's Equality Day and the importance of women winning the right to vote.
Hisptanic Heritgage Month: September 15th to October 15th
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries-Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.
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2007 Honorees Auction
Before we begin announcing our plans for 2008, we want to recognize our 2007 Honorees.We have set up a special 2007 Honoree auction in conjunction with E-bay of items that are related to or donated by this year's honorees. We'll send out a special notice once the auction is live. Begin on September 20th ...Good luck!
The Power of Oral History
If we don't collect and record our own history, who is going to think what we did was important? Please consider using the amazing Sonoma County Women's Oral History Project (Please establish link http://www.sonomawomenshistory.org/) as a model for your own community.
The Sonoma County Women's Oral History Project is an on-going effort to collect stories about and write a history of the contemporary women's movement in Sonoma County, primarily from 1965-1985.
Mary Ruthsdotter (co-founder and former Projects Director of the National Women's History Project) conceived the idea of preserving the history of Sonoma County's women's movement. Michelle Jolly (professor of history at Sonoma State University) mobilized students in her classes to begin the work of gathering the stories of feminist activists from the 1960s-1980s.
In the first 18 months of work, members of the project have conducted 49 interviews with activists, begun to index coverage of women in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, analyzed the annual reports of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, and put together this first presentation of the project to date...