Womyn's music and music by women

Period Pain Is Real

It looks like some doctors are getting this, finally!


That’s right—agony. Not aches or discomfort or grumpiness, but very serious pain. Dysmenorrhea, the clinical term for painful menstruation, interferes with the daily life of around one in five women, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. And yet there’s remarkably little research into the condition, say experts, and too many doctors are dismissive when presented with the symptoms.

Frank Tu, director of gynecological pain at NorthShore University HealthSystem, tells Quartz some physicians are taught that ibuprofen “should be good enough.” Clearly, this is not an adequate response to such severe pain. How severe? John Guillebaud, professor of reproductive health at University College London, tells Quartz that patients have described the cramping pain as “almost as bad as having a heart attack.”

It’s not only women’s period pain which is taken less seriously, either – ignoring women’s pain is a concerning practise across medicine. Recent research has shown that women’s pain is taken much less seriously by doctors generally.



Chambana’s own Kristin Lems, that’s who. Even though she is no longer native to Champaign-Urbana, her songs like “Smith Hall” evoke the University of Illinois. Kristen was instrumental in getting the National Women’s Music Festival started here. I first discovered her because of “The Ballad of the ERA” and her voice led me into feminism. Now she has won the Northern Illinois University.

From the NIU blog:

Congratulate the winners of National Louis University’s annual Excellence awards for faculty and staff. The University announced them Sept. 7.

Excellence in Teaching Award

Kristin Lems, Ph.D., professor of ESL/Bilingual Education in NLU’s National College of Education, won the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Lems has led two grant projects from the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education.  She is an English Language Specialist at the U.S. State Department and a two-time Fulbright Scholar, to Algeria and Mongolia.  She is first author of a textbook about linguistics and reading in English, and co-editor of a book on reading fluency which was a finalist for the Literacy Research Association’s Fry Award. She has published with Scholastic and in distinguished journals including English Teaching Forum, The Reading Teacher, Reading in a Foreign Language, and Writing Systems Research.  She earned her Ed.D. in Reading and Language at NLU, where she won the Rebecca Barr Award for outstanding performance. She has been with NLU for 25 years.


Do you believe in science?

Not a woman’s voice, but good. Produced by Steven Brust.

Date host-Megan Womyn Making Waves
Artist Song Disk Disk Released Label
Upshot Driving Bring Bourbon 2015 SCP
Rhiannon Giddens Hey Bebe Freedom Highway 2017 Nonesuch
Ani DiFranco Binary Binary 2017 Righteous Babe Records
Birds of Chicago Travelers Love in Wartime 2018 Signature
Alice Di Micele Desire One With the Tide 2018 Alice Di Micele
Diane Patterson Come on Rain Open Road 2018 Diane Patterson
Laura Freeman The Night’s Too Long Hummingbirds & Helicopters Vol. 1: A Benefit for South Texas 2018 Cinquefoil
Mary Chapin Carpenter This Shirt Sometimes Just the Sky 2018 Lambert
Indigo Girls Fugitive Staring Down the Brilliant Dream 2010 Vanguard
Joss Stone – Project Mama Earth Mama Earth Spring 2017 Provogue
Michelle Malone I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (with Shawn Mullins) Slings & Arrows 2018 SBS Records
Ally Venable Band Backwater Blues Puppet Show 2018 Connor Ray Music
Meg Williams Little Bit of the Devil Maybe Someday 2018 Self Released
Robin McKelle Yes We Can Can Melodic Canvas 2018 Doxie Records
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar Only So Much Run To Me 2018 Gypsy Soul Records
Kathy & The Kilowatts Premonition of Love Premonition of Love 2018 Nola Blue Records
Danielle Nicole How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore Cry No More 2018 Concord Records
Kara Grainger Working My Way Back to You Living With Your Ghost 2018 Station House Records
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band Featuring Erica Brown Ernestine Tangled Road 2015 Self Released
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Give Me a Holler Here In Babylon 2018 Jesi-Lu Records
Bette Smith I Will Feed You Jetlagger 2018 Big Legal Mess Records
Keeshea Pratt Band Have a Good Time Y’all Believe 2018 Self Released





September 7th

6:30pm-Drag Queen Story Hour at the URBANA FREE LIBRARY

September 8th

2:30pm-Volunteer meeting to canvas downtown at the NEWS GAZETTE PARKING LOT

September 11th

3:30-6:30pm– Catch the UP Center at the Champaign Farmer’s Market!

September 12th

7pm (doors at 6:30)- Showing of “Call me by your Name” put on by McKinley Foundation

September 13th

7:30pm-Showing of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” at the Art Theater. Panel Discussion lead by the UP Center’s Gal UP group and the Women of Pride registered student organization from the University of Illinois. Showings are throughout the weekend!

September 14th

Cheers 4 Queers, TBD

9pm– Queer Dance Party at 51 Main

September 15th

11am-9pmDrink Specials at Ice House

2-3pm-Drag Queen Story Hour at the Orpheum Children’s Museum

2-5pm-Educational Panels at Big Grove Tavern

2pm panels include: “Biblical Self Defense Workshop” By CUCC’s Reverend Leah Roberts-Mosser

“Getting to Zero” by CU Public Health

“Advocacy and Policy: How to Create Change” by Equality Illinois’s Mike Ziri

3:30 panels include: “Hormone Replacement Therapy” by Planned Parenthood’s Len Meyer

“Bisexual and Pansexual Meet and Greet”

2-7pm– Vendor Fair at the Orpheum Children’s Museum Parking Lot. Vendor set up is at 1pm

2-7pm- Queer and Trans Clothing Swap at the Orpheum Children’s Museum

5pm- Parade -line up is at 4:00

7-10pm- Teen After Party at the Orpheum Children’s Museum

8-2am- Drag Show with Alaska 5000 at 51 Main

September 16th

12pmDrag Brunch with Dish Passionate Cuisine at City View

5pm-Volunteer Appreciation party at 51 Main-side bar

5pm-Pride After party at 51 Main

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