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95th Anniversary of Women
Winning the Vote on Women's
Equality Day August 26, 2015

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Back in 1776, Abigail Adams sent this urgent advice to her husband, John, who was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress:

In the new Code of Laws, I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors....If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

John Adams' reply voiced his own opinion about women's rights, and reflected the sentiment of that exclusively male meeting:

As to your extraordinary code of laws, I cannot but laugh. Depend upon it, we know better than to repeal our masculine systems.

Did you learn in history class about this fascinating exchange between Abigail and John Adams? Probably not. But you will hear this anecdote and much more about the women's suffrage movement during the speech, WE CAN DO IT, written by the National Women's History Project and presented by local readers of all ages.

Our Third Annual Women's Equality Day program begins at 3PM on August 26th. There will be entertainment by the Northwoods Raging Grannies; a display of books, videos and other materials pertaining to the women's rights movement avaiable in the Many Ways of Peace lending library, and food and refreshments.

In 1971,Congress designated August 26th of each year to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

The celebration of Women's Equality Day also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality, including fair treatment in the workplace and equality in pay and recognition for their contributions to improving lives.

The right to vote was hard won. Plesae do not take it for granted.

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Politics and Women's Rights:
What We Can and Should Do About It

June 7, 9:30-11:30AM at Many Ways of Peace
Presented by Mary Jo Berner, President
MJ Berner Foundation for Peace and Justice, Inc.

Message from Mary Jo:

Back in 1931, the NY Herald Tribune wrote a tribute to Margaret Sanger, praising her for her vision, integrity and valor as founder of what was known at the time as the Birth Control League.  Sanger, you may recall, was the driving force behind development of The Pill and her Birth Control League became Planned Parenthood.  The tribute closed with this comment:  her victory is not by any means complete,  but the dragons are on the run.

Are the dragons really on the run?  Or are they getting stronger in their fight against women's reproductive rights?  You are welcome to join the discussion on this important topic. We'll look at legislative activity on the national and state levels that impacts women's rights and access to basic health services. We'll also talk about services available for women in our own backyard and how they could be affected.

These are treacherous times for women's reproductive rights and access to essential health care, proclaims a recent NY Times editorial  headlined: THE WAR ON WOMEN.  Those of us who care and are concerned need to raise our voices in alarm. 
First, however, we need to be well-informed.  That is the goal of this program: to start the conversation that will result in all of us knowing what we're talking about. 

 

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A project of the MJ Berner Foundation for Peace and Justice, Inc.
IRS approved 501(c)(3)
PO Box 189, Eagle River, WI 54521