Patricia Sledge
Saturday, March 18, 2017
What an honor to be nominated for recognitoin as a second wave feminist, particulary since that nomination comes from a women I consider to be a champion of human rights and the feminist movement!  I hope to attend the event on March 31.
Patricia Webb Sledge
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  Aleta Styers
Sunday, March 12, 2017
As founder of Chicago NOW - the second NOW chapter in the United States - I am thrilled at the continuing work of the VFA. I am particularly happy to see another southern event as my southern father was from Kentucky.  His father's family were early settlers in Kentucky from undivided "Carolina" and his mother's family were ealy Kentucky settlers from undivided "Virginia".  I attend the first VFA southern event in New Orleans and mailed VFA founder Jacqui Ceballos pictures from that even recently.
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  Nancy Dawson (Drum)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
You chose well to have the conference in North Carolina, a state in which women have pushed the envelope for feminism for generations. In the early 70s, I helped to organize the first NOW chapter in Winston-Salem; we circulated an invitation by word of mouth, expecting 25 to 30 women – and 200 came. The excitement in the room was electric and in one meeting we organized ourselves in a smart and productive way. We identified our community’s problems, set reasonable priorities and went to work. I was the second president of the chapter in a watchful community. I remember asking Wallace Carroll to desegregate the male/female want ads in the Winston-Salem Journal, and he did. I remember explaining (unsuccessfully) to a home economics teacher why my daughter should be allowed to take shop instead of sewing (she had helped me renovate a house). It was a hard and a life-changing experience on many levels, work I am very proud of. From 1974-1976, I was the president of the state NOW. I organized chapters and made speeches all over the state and I remember the eagerness of the women in Fayetteville and Asheville, in Hickory and in Edenton, all of them ready for change. I remember organizing a group of six women who had had abortions to visit a newly-elected Jesse Helms; we told him our stories: mine, rubella, the others had genetic and health issues. He dismissed us with the story of his adopted child with cerebral palsy. We shouldered on. I led the North Carolina campaign to ratify the ERA in 1975, a four-month nasty, protracted fight and I’ll never forget Sam Ervin sounding the death knell at the podium of the House, at the invitation of the puffed-up Speaker, Liston Ramsey. They were proud moments for us all; we did well. Thank you all for carrying on. I wish so much that I could be there, but I live in France. My heart is with you. Bravissimae, my sisters!  
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  Dorothy O'Brien
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Hi Everyone,  Am now excited to be participating. So glad others from Chicago will be there. And looking forward to the honoring of to southern feminists... Dorothy O'Brien 
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  Mary-Ann Lupa
Monday, February 27, 2017
It's time to register for the March 31st conference.
A few rooms at the special VFA rate are still available at the Hilton Durham. A welcome reception, the day before, will be hosted by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Duke University. So, come and join us.
Mary-Ann, co-chair
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  Heather Booth
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I'm looking forward to this conference and encouraging many others to come.
Now is the time to learn about the struggles of the past--how we won against seemingly insurmountable odds, and also connect with the lessons from and struggles of today.

Hope to see you there!
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  Mary Jean Collins
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Hello everyone! I am one of the organizers of this conference and I couldn't be more excited that you are looking at this page and considering joining us in NC this Spring. I'm a second wave feminist and throughout the last 50 years I have used my experience from feminist organizing again and again to create change and recruit feminists, change policy and gain power for us. The lessons from 1966 to 1982 are invaluable in today's organizing.  Furhter, we are in the latter days of actually being heard and our stories recorded.  Please, please, make your plans to come.  If I know you I want to see you again....if I don't know you I want to meet you and honor your work.   In all sisterhood,   Mary jean
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  Kathy Rand
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
As one of the co-chairs of this event, I am really excited about the potential.  It's so important for our stories from the Second Wave to be told.  I hope you will join us!
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  Diane Crothers
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
So glad you are doing this! I will try to attend. In 1965 I participated in voter registration in Fairfield, Alabama, and as a direct result of that work, was a member of the first CR group in Durham in 1968, led by Sara (Boyte) Evans and Paula Goldsmid who I think had both been in Chicago Women's Liberation and then returned to Durham/Chapel Hill. As part of this group, I remember reading Andre Gorz's Strategy for Labor and begining the CR process, which, like millions of other women, transformed my life. When I returned to NYC in the fall of 1969, I co-founded New York Radical Feminists and The Women's Rights Law Reporter, became a civil rights lawyer and spent my professional life in the federal and NYC government, working on civil rights policy and practice. Now in Brooklyn, I am somewhat retired, catching up on a lifetime of historical reading and establishing genealogical documentation (am descended from Scots-Irish folk from South Carolina, Mississippi and Philadelphia) and helping to raise two granddaughters. Hope to see you soon, if I can manage caregiving. Diane
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