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Feb
24
Thu
2022
Book Discussion, Hood Feminism @ WF Sunny Table | Women’s Fund Office at the Landmark Building
Feb 24 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Book Discussion, Hood Feminism @ WF Sunny Table | Women’s Fund Office at the Landmark Building

Book Discussion, Hood Feminism

Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 5 – 6:30 PM

Book Host: Marilka Vélez

A potent and electrifying critique of today’s feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminism

Hosted by Marilka Vélez
“I think Hood Feminism is a good book to continue the conversation of the feminist movement and the issues of intersectionality we heard at the Women’s Fund Presents event held in November 2021. Oftentimes, we look at the lens of feminism through goals such as pay equity and executive leadership; however these pale in comparison to issues many women of color from a different socioeconomic reality are dealing with: food insecurity, housing issues, gun violence, and sexual assault.  As a feminist, I look forward to learning how to make my feminism more intersectional.”

Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

Book summary derived from Penguin Random House.

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In an effort to create a safe environment, the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee adopted a COVID policythat requires all attendees either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a recent negative COVID-19 test.  Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has COVID or COVID symptoms, please refrain from attending events/meetings in person. 

If your status regarding COVID changes ahead of an event/meeting, please contact Lisa Attonito, Executive Director, to discuss participation options.  Lattonito@womensfundmke.org or 414-290-7350.

Mar
29
Tue
2022
Book Discussion, Funding Feminism @ Virtual Via Zoom
Mar 29 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Book Discussion, Funding Feminism @ Virtual Via Zoom

Book Discussion, Funding Feminism

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 5 – 6 PM

Joan Marie Johnson examines an understudied dimension of women’s history in the United States: how a group of affluent white women from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advanced the status of all women through acts of philanthropy. This cadre of activists included Phoebe Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst; Grace Dodge, granddaughter of Wall Street “Merchant Prince” William Earle Dodge; and Ava Belmont, who married into the Vanderbilt family fortune. Motivated by their own experiences with sexism, and focusing on women’s need for economic independence, these benefactors sought to expand women’s access to higher education, promote suffrage, and champion reproductive rights, as well as to provide assistance to working-class women. In a time when women still wielded limited political power, philanthropy was perhaps the most potent tool they had. But even as these wealthy women exercised considerable influence, their activism had significant limits. As Johnson argues, restrictions tied to their giving engendered resentment and jeopardized efforts to establish coalitions across racial and class lines.

As the struggle for full economic and political power and self-determination for women continues today, this history reveals how generous women helped shape the movement. And Johnson shows us that tensions over wealth and power that persist in the modern movement have deep historical roots.

Book summary derived from Amazon

Your registration and attendance certify that you are following these requirements.  

In an effort to create a safe environment, the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee adopted a COVID policythat requires all attendees either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a recent negative COVID-19 test.  Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has COVID or COVID symptoms, please refrain from attending events/meetings in person.

If your status regarding COVID changes ahead of an event/meeting, please contact Lisa Attonito, Executive Director, to discuss participation options.  Lattonito@womensfundmke.org or 414-290-7350.

May
12
Thu
2022
Book Discussion, Lakota Women @ Virtual via Zoom
May 12 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Book Discussion, Lakota Women @ Virtual via Zoom

Book Discussion, Lakota Women

Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 5  – 6 PM

Mary Brave Bird grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in a one-room cabin without running water or electricity. With her white father gone, she was left to endure “half-breed” status amid the violence, machismo, and aimless drinking of life on the reservation. Rebelling against all this—as well as a punishing Catholic missionary school—she became a teenage runaway.

Mary was eighteen and pregnant when the rebellion at Wounded Knee happened in 1973. Inspired to take action, she joined the American Indian Movement to fight for the rights of her people. Later, she married Leonard Crow Dog, the AIM’s chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance.

Originally published in 1990, Lakota Woman was a national bestseller and winner of the American Book Award. It is a story of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights. Working with Richard Erdoes, one of the twentieth century’s leading writers on Native American affairs, Brave Bird recounts her difficult upbringing and the path of her fascinating life.

Book summary derived from Amazon

Your registration and attendance certify that you are following these requirements.  

In an effort to create a safe environment, the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee adopted a COVID policythat requires all attendees either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a recent negative COVID-19 test.  Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has COVID or COVID symptoms, please refrain from attending events/meetings in person. 

 If your status regarding COVID changes ahead of an event/meeting, please contact Lisa Attonito, Executive Director, to discuss participation options.  Lattonito@womensfundmke.org or 414-290-7350.

Jun
14
Tue
2022
Book Discussion, Notorious RBG @ WF Sunny Table | Women’s Fund Office at the Landmark Building
Jun 14 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Book Discussion, Notorious RBG @ WF Sunny Table | Women’s Fund Office at the Landmark Building

Book Discussion, Notorious RBG

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 4  – 5:30 PM (This is the date RBG officially accepted the Supreme Count nomination in 1993)

Book Host: Joanne Williams

“It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would one day become the ‘Notorious RBG.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2019

She was a fierce dissenter with a serious collar game. A legendary, self-described “flaming feminist litigator” who made the world more equal. And an intergenerational icon affectionately known as the Notorious RBG. As the nation mourns the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, discover the story of a remarkable woman and learn how to carry on her legacy.

This runaway bestseller, brought to you by the attorney founder of the Notorious RBG Tumblr and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well as an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcended divides and changed the world forever.

Book summary derived from Harper Collins

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Your registration and attendance certify that you are following these requirements.  

In an effort to create a safe environment, the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee adopted a COVID policythat requires all attendees either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a recent negative COVID-19 test.  Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has COVID or COVID symptoms, please refrain from attending events/meetings in person. 

If your status regarding COVID changes ahead of an event/meeting, please contact Lisa Attonito, Executive Director, to discuss participation options.  Lattonito@womensfundmke.org or 414-290-7350.