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Updated November 6, 2001
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Tahmeena Faryal of RAWA speaks
in Chicago Friday Nov 9 and Saturday Nov 10.
is the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan which is
working toward a secular democratic
Afghanistan. Their video smuggled out of Taliban controlled territory
has been seen around the world.
Friday, November 9, 6 p.m at the Hot House, 31 E. Balbo (between Wabash
& State St.) No cameras (still or video) will be allowed. Donation: $3.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. at a panel on "The Struggle for Women's Emancipation
in the Middle East and South Asia," Harold Washington Library Center,
400 S. State St., 7th floor sponsored by the Society in Focus Series.
New Women's Art Show Opens at
Chicago's Artemesia Gallery.
There and Everywhere" featuring work by Jy Hyun Kim, Nicoletta
West and CWLU Herstory Treasurer Mary Ellen Croteau will run
the entire month of November at Artemesia Gallery at 700 N. Carpenter
St. Chicago, IL 60623 Call (312 )226-7323 for more info. There was an
opening reception Friday Nov 2, 5-8 pm.
Henry Flamethrowa Now Playing
at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater-Directed by Susan Nussbaum.
is the story of a very unusual sister and brother, Lilja and Henry.
Lilja, only 12-years-old, lies in a coma behind a glass wall, and at her
father's invitation, people come from all over the country seeking her
miraculous healing powers.
Director Susan Nussbaum is a member of the Herstory Project and
a former CWLUer. The play received a nice review in the Chicago Tribune.
runs through November 18 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue
in Chicago. Call the Victory Gardens box office, (773) 871-3000 for tickets
and information, or go to http://www.ticketweb.com
to purchase tickets online.
of Women's Contemporary Humor to be in the Bookstores April
fresh and funny collection of modern women's humor will hit the bookshelves
in April of 2002. Contributors include Wendy Wasserstein, Delia
Ephron, Anna Quindlen, Kathy Najimy, Gloria Steinem,
Christine Lavin and many others. Herstory Project members Estelle
Carol and Bob Simpson contributed several of their feminist
labor cartoons to the effort.
The royalties and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The
American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), the National Coalition
Against Domestic Violence, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
UIC Gender and Women's Studies
Program sponsors lecture series on Gender
and City Spaces.
This year's annual lecture series
includes talks on:
I Have a House with a Door? Indian Women and Development
a Woman-Friendly City: A Gendered Perspective on Urban Planning and
from Oz: Marking Chicago's 'Boys Town'
If I Can't Dance Shirtless, It's Not a Revolution: Sexuality and Feminism
in the Twin Cities, 1970
Lectures will be held during October,
November and January on the UIC campus. The complete schedule is here.
Call 312-996-2441 for more details. You may view the lecture series
Herstory Project Affiliates with
the HistoryChannel.com & Women and Children First Bookstore.
On our homepage you will see two
new banners for the HistoryChannel.com & Women and Children First
Bookstore.If you click on either of these and make a purchase from their
online catalogs, the Herstory Project will receive a modest commission.
It's a great way to treat yourself
as well as your friends and family to fine books and videos, while helping
the Herstory Project at the same time.
Women and Children First Bookstore
in Chicago has a Great November Line-up.
Naomi Wolf and Diane Ackerman will be among the writers
appearing at Women and Children First Bookstore in Chicago this month.
More details avaiable on their website.
Records and Harvard's Schlesinger Library Team up to Re-release the
"Mountain Moving Day" album
1972, the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band and the New Haven Women's
Liberation Rock Band released "Mountain Moving Day", a feminist
rock album which became a classic of the women's liberation movement.
unavailable, the album is being remastered with additional previously
unreleased songs to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original
"Mountain Moving Day" album. The re-release is a joint project
between Rounder Records & Harvard's Schlesinger Library -- an archive
on the history of women in America.
Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band was a workgroup of the Chicago
Women's Liberation Union.
of the credit for this exciting development goes to Naomi Weisstein,
former keyboard player for the Band. Her personal papers reside at Harvard's
Schlesinger Library along with reel-to-reel masters of previously unreleased
Rock Band material.
CWLU Herstory Project assisted Naomi in her efforts. The Project digitally
transferred songs from the original LP in 2000 and distributed a limited
number of promotional CD's to help generate interest in a general re-release
of the album.
Band fans should also check out Susan Abod's new solo CD of jazzy
upbeat tunes. Susan was the lead singer of the Chicago Women's Liberation
Rock Band. Those of you who were lucky enough to hear Susan sing in
her Rock Band days will be pleased to know that she can still belt out
a tune....better than ever. Her album "In the Moment" is a
real joy. Visit http://www.cdfreedom.com/susanabod
to hear samples and purchase a copy.
Coming Up on the Herstory Site?
are adding new primary source documents every month. Currently we are
processing documents about Jane as well as selected articles from Womankind.
We will also be processing a video interview with feminist singer Kristen
We will be converting Becky Kluchin's wonderful
audio interviews with former CWLUers into narrative text format with
historical context and commentary added.
Thanks to Jo Freeman and
Joan Berman, we will also be posting all seven issues of Voices
of Women's Liberation, the first national women's liberation newsletter
that Jo Freeman edited in the 1960's.
Thanks to Sue Davenport and Gordon Quinn
(Kartemquin Films), we will have some web video clips from The
Chicago Maternity Center Story. Gordon has also given us permission
to post clips from a video made by Shirlee Blumenthal and Barbara
Bejna about the Chicago Women's Graphics Collective when he finishes
converting it from its ancient video format.
Jennifer Abod encouraged us to put up audio
clips of the New Haven Women's Liberation Rock Band and we hope to get
permission to use some video clips Jennifer is making of a Band reunion.
The long and short of it is, we have plenty to keep
us busy for quite a while to come!!
Ruth Surgal receives
recognition for her work in Jane. Paula Kamen honored for her "Jane"
The National Abortion Federation recently recognized
and honored Ruth Surgal for her tireless work in the Abortion
Counseling Service (AKA "Jane") at its recent Chicago meeting.
author of Jane: Abortion and the Underground was honored for
her powerful documentary play. The National Abortion
Federation is the organization of professional abortion providers.
Along with the expected workshops
on purely medical topics, there was a heavy emphasis on security- not
surprising considering the number of attacks on clinics. One of the
other people honored was a doctor who had been shot twice by anti-abortion
terrorists. As one former Jane once put it, "In the old days we
only worried about getting arrested, now we would have to worry about
Both Ruth and Paula are members
of the Herstory Project. Estelle Carol, Herstory Project Coordinator,
was also invited to attend.
more information on the NAF meeting read the Nation article
Kamen has a new interview in the online magazine LIP
Former CWLU member Meredith Tax is President of Women's World: An
Organization Devoted to Advancing the Rights of Feminist Writers
Women's WORLD, a global free speech network of women
writers, was founded in 1994 to address the deteriorating situation
of feminist writers, who are caught between media consolidation and
globalization, on the one hand, and backlash movements that target feminists,
on the other. Its goals are:
- to build a worldwide mutual aid network
of women writers in order to break down isolation and defend those
- to develop autonomous feminist institutions
including presses, distribution networks, writers' centers, and institutes,
as a basis for women's independent political thought
- to fight the silencing of women through
research, public education, and action
Womens's World is planning a website which is due to
go online very soon. In the interim, Meredith sent us a statement of
purpose and a history which you may read HERE.
Meredith Tax is the author of several
acclaimed books including The Rising of the
Women, Rivington Street,
Union Square and
Families. You may order her books online through our Feminist
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