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NOW marching 50 years ago

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2020 Rose Parade We Heart float

2020 marchers Rose Parade for Women;s Suffrage Centennial 

Above: The 2020 Rose Parade float  commemorating the Women's Suffrage Centennial

 

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Women's History Month 20323

March is National Women's History Month

"Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity."
Source: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

 

President's Message


March 2023

Dear NOW friends,

If you've been in Sonoma County for a while, you likely know that the origins of National Women's History Month are rooted here, in Santa Rosa, specifically. National Women's History Month originated as simply a week in 1978, just in Sonoma County schools. Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan founded the National Women's History Project (NWHP)in Santa Rosa, in 1980. Prior to the NWHP, these five came up with the idea of honoring women's contributions in schools. Sonoma County adopted the idea in 1978 for one week, with March 8 as the focal point. (March 8 has been designated International Women's Day since 1911.) The event was so popular that the NWHP lobbied Congress to turn it into a national week of remembrance. President Jimmy Carter was the one who signed it into law. In 1987, the week became a month!

The NWHP became the National Women's History Alliance (NWHA) and still today comes up with the themes for each year's commemoration in March. For 2023, the theme is "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories." For more on this month's history, see the NWHA's website.

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Our guest speaker this month is Dr. Catherine Meeks, and we are excited to have this author. Dr. Meeks not only has written a number of books, but also is the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Please see the details in the box below. Invite your friends and neighbors. We expect to have an evening to remember! This will be recorded, so if you miss it, we will post it on our YouTube channel. Also, Elaine interviewed Dr. Meeks on February 27 during Elaine's radio program, Women's Spaces, and that recording is recording is here.

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If you are not yet a NOW member or need to renew your membership, please join our growing organization! Our chapter's ID is CA0660 and you can select it when you sign up here.

--Amy Nykamp, President

 

Dr. Catherine Meeks

Photo courtesy of Dr. Catherine Meeks

 

Dr. Catherine Meeks

Guest Speaker March 20!

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Sonoma County NOW In Collaboration with Blacks United of Sonoma County and Women's Spaces is sponsoring this event.

Time to have a real discussion about Racism in Sonoma County.
Catherine Meeks, PhD, a 2022 recipient of the President Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service, is the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing.

She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD. Her latest book is The Night Is Long, But Light Comes in The Morning: Meditations on Racial Healing; she is the editor of the bestselling book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, and co-author of Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times.

We are proud to be the Sonoma County Chapter of NOW and working with Blacks United of Sonoma County and Women's Spaces. We hope to see all of you at this special ZOOM meeting. The time will be from 6:00-7:30 this month. Please join us!

March 20, 2023 Zoom Details

Zoom Meeting Information:

Monday, March 20, 2023, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PST
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82846374496?pwd=WlA0cE5CaFczUUtqa1Nkc2tYQXkydz09
Meeting ID: 828 4637 4496 Passcode: 035853

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If you are not yet a NOW member or need to renew your membership, please join our growing organization! Our chapter's ID is CA0660 and you can select it when you sign up here.

--Amy Nykamp, President

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Elaine B. Holtz in the News!

Elane B. Holtz speakiung at SSU Graduation Ceremonies in 1975

Photo courtesy of Elaine B. Holtz and was taken during her graduation from Sonoma State University in 1975.

The Sonoma County Gazette just featured our current treasurer and past-president, Elaine B. Holtz. Elaine has been a long-time member of NOW and is very active in the Sonoma County community. She is also the host of Women's Spaces on KBBF 89.1 FM. In addition, Elaine has given out thousands of copies of the special pledge on self-esteem, which she wrote for her grandson when he was a toddler. This can be found below and on her website. For the full article in the Gazette, click here or on her photo.

Women's Spaces Pledge

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Our proud Chapter

Celebrating the NOW's 50th Anniversary in Santa Rosa, CA

Above: Our Chapter celebrating the 50th Anniversary of NOW with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, October 2016.

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August 26, 2020, the 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day was celebrated in Sebastopol with the Women's Suffrage Banners.

City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 202          City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 2020

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The 2020 Rose Parade featured the We Heart float commemorating the Women's Suffrage Centennial and won the Theme Trophy. See video clip below for the passage of the float and the Women Suffragist marchers in front of KTLA cameras January 1, 2020.




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Susan B. Anthony

 

Susan B Anthony grave decorated with I Voted stickers

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 Monthly Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of every month, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. See Events page for details.

 

 

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