Womyn's music and music by women

Jewel / My Father’s Daughter / Picking Up the Pieces / 2015 / Sugar Hill
Ana Egge (featuring The Straybirds) / Rock Me (Divine Mother) / Bright Shadow / 2015 / Grace/Parkinsong
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer / From Scratch / Dancin’ in the Kitchen / 2015 / Community Music Inc.
Laura Nyro & La Belle / Desiree / Gonna Take a Miracle / 1973 / Columbia
Toshi Reagon / Heartbreak Hotel / Have You Heard / 2005 / Righteous Babe
Kristen Lems / Heart of a Woman / You, Me and All of the Above / 2015 / Carolsdatter
Beth Patterson / Lyrebird / Forward / 2013 / Beth Patterson
Cosy Sheridan / Bad Cliche / Grand Design / 1998 / BWE Music
Sisters Unlimited / Working Girl Blues / No Limits / 1991 / Harbour Town Recordings
The Deadly Nightshade / No Rest for the Wicked / Never Never Gonna Give Up / 2011 / CD Baby
Fanny / Hey Bulldog / The First Time in a Long Time / 2005 / Reprise
Nedra Johnson / Amazon / Nedra / 2005 / Big Mouth Girl records
Amasong / Fruits of the Selfless Heart / Everything She Touches Changes / 2014 / Amasong
Lynda Millard / Blessed Be / Millardian Fables / 2013 / Glass Umbrella Music
Eliza Neals / I’m the Girl / Breaking and Entering / 2015 / Self Released
Miki Berenyi / Miki Berenyi Interview (2015) / Miki Berenyi Interview (2015) / 2015 / Spoken work
Lush / Ladykillers / Ciao! Best of Lush / 2001 / 4AD
Amy Helm / Wild Girl / Didn’t It Rain / 2015 / Enretainment One
Cheryl Wheeler / Meow / Sylvia Hotel / 1999 / Philo
Jill Sobule / Lucy at the Gym / Pink Pearl / 2000 / Beyond
Holly Near / Something About the Women / Simply Love / 2000 / Calico Tracks Music
Joni Mitchell / Woman of Heart and Mind / For The Roses / 1972 / Asylum
Maria Muldaur / I Never Did Sing You a Love Song / Maria Muldaur / 1973 / Reprise
Margie Adam / Best Friend (The Unicorn Song) / The Best Of Margie Adam / 1990 / Pleiades
Kristina Stykos / Talk to Me / Horse Thief / 2015 / Thunder Ridge Records
Katie Dahl / Diamonds / Ordinary Band / 2015 / Waterbug
Tracy Chapman / For My Lover / Tracy Chapman / 1988 / Elektra


Interview with Miki Berenyi  from Lush

WRC Newsletter | October 30, 2015

2nd Floor; 703 S. Wright Street, Champaign IL 217.333.3137www.go.illinois.edu/wrc

Monday, November 2 

Mission Positive

Time: 4-5 pm 

Regularly scheduled meeting of this RSO. Come see what this new RSO is trying accomplish related to body image. New members welcome!

Women on the Move Fitness | Belly Fit: Free Belly Dance Class

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

All women-identifying students are encouraged to attend this free weekly belly dance class designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. This class is designed to be an introductory course focused on accessibility. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in!

IATA Illini Art Therapy at the Women’s Resources Center

Time: 7pm

Illini Art Therapy Association is an organization that invites the community to come participate in art workshops led by their members. Take a break from your classes and create art for self-reflection, self-knowledge and empowerment. You don’t have to be creative or artistic- though you may find out that you are! You’ll be encouraged and guided in making images and writing that help you to reflect and reconnect with your emotions and aspirations. Illini Art Therapy Association will provide all necessary art supplies, occasionally offer refreshments, and lead self-expressive projects.

Tuesday, November 3

Women’s Support Group

Time: 5:30pm

This weekly support group is open to women-identifying students who have experienced sexual assault, abuse within a relationship, or stalking.

UIUC NOW (National Organization for Women) Meeting

Time: 7:30pm

NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood. Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, November 4

Advocates for Choice weekly meeting

Time: 5:30pm

Join this RSO on the UIUC campus that is affiliated with Planned Parenthood. We advocate for reproductive health care and access without judgment. We underscore our steadfast commitment to high quality reproductive health care and education while innovating to ensure that we are here for those who need us most. We care, no matter what.

Thursday, November 5

Behind Closed Doors No More: Linocuts and Quilts by Elzbieta (Elka) Kazmierczak 

Time: 5-7pm | Location: University YMCA

Elka Kazmierczak is a printmaker, book artist, expressive arts instructor, and survivor of domestic violence. A fellow of the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, she immigrated from Poland in 1990, later receiving an MFA, MA, and PhD at the University of Illinois. Behind Closed Doors–No More presents an emotional journey from victim of domestic violence to advocate against gender-based violence. It includes the artist’s personal story and stories of women and girls interviewed by the artist. This exhibition shows the value of art as a means for speaking out against taboos: a means for healing and empowerment.

Women on the Move Fitness | Yoga for Healing

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

All women-identifying students are encouraged to attend this free weekly yoga class designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in!

  Relationship Support Group

Time: 6:30-8pm

Are you worried that your relationship with a friend, family member, or partner is emotionally unhealthy? Do you frequently feel like you’re walking on eggshells around this person? Do you feel isolated, manipulated, or confused within this relationship? This is a support group for students of all genders who have experienced unhealthy or emotionally abusive behaviors within the context of a relationship.

An Expressive Art Workshop: Behind Closed Doors No More with Elzbieta (Elka) Kazmierczak

Time: 7-9pm | Location: University YMCA

Elka Kazmierczak is a printmaker, book artist, expressive arts instructor, and survivor of domestic violence. A fellow of the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, she immigrated from Poland in 1990, later receiving an MFA, MA, and PhD at the University of Illinois. Behind Closed Doors–No More presents an emotional journey from victim of domestic violence to advocate against gender-based violence. It includes the artist’s personal story and stories of women and girls interviewed by the artist. This exhibition shows the value of art as a means for speaking out against taboos: a means for healing and empowerment.

Friday, November 6

Birth Control + Contraceptives WRC Sexual Health Series

Time: 2-3pm

This workshop provides information on all of the current available methods of contraception, including those available at McKinley. Female participants of this program can receive credit for completing the “Birth Control Education Class” required by McKinley for first time users of hormonal birth control.


 November Women’s History Events and Birthdays

Women’s History Events

  • November 1, 1848 – First medical school for women, the New England Female Medical School, opens, in 1874 it merges with Boston University to become one of the world’s first co-ed medical schools
  • November 8, 1910 – The state of Washington passes a constitutional amendment to guarantee woman suffrage
  • November 8, 1984 – Dr. Anna L. Fisher, a physician on the shuttle Discovery, becomes the first American mother and third American woman to fly into space
  • November 11, 1979 – Bethune Museum and Archives opens in Washington D.C. as a center for African-American women’s history, honoring Mary McLeod Bethune
  • November 11, 1993 – The Vietnam Women’s Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after being conceived by former army combat nurse Diane Carlson Evans and sculpted by Glenna Goodacre to honor the 265,000 women who voluntarily served during the Vietnam era
  • November 13, 1938 – Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini is beatified, the first American woman citizen to become a saint
  • November 14, 1889 – Journalist Elizabeth Cochran, aka Nellie Bly, sails around the world in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds, beating the fictional record set by Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days
  • November 14, 1903 – The U.S. Women’s Trade Union League is established
  • November 14, 1946 – Emily Greene Balch, co-founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • November 28, 1881 – The first organizational meeting is held for the predecessor group to the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

November Birthdays

  • November 2, 1936 (1999) – Rose Elizabeth Bird, attorney, first woman in California to hold a cabinet position (Secretary of Agriculture), allowed workers to unionize, appointed Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court in 1977, defeated in 1987 by conservatives because she opposed the death penalty
  • November 3, 1905 (1998) – Lois Mailou Jones, entered the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1933, won the coveted Susan Minot Lane Scholarship in Design, chaired the Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina, 1938-77
  • November 5, 1857 (1944) – Ida Tarbell, investigative reporter, wrote expose on Standard Oil that led to federal investigation and break-up of the company
  • November 7, 1909 (1980) – Ruby Hurley, served on the committee that arranged Marian Anderson’s performance at the Lincoln Memorial after she was barred from singing at Constitution Hall, as youth secretary for NAACP increased youth membership to 25,000, investigated the murder of Emmitt Till despite personal danger
  • November 7, 1925 (1983) – Barbara Wertheimer, wrote We Were There: The Story of Working Women in America in 1977, founding member of Coalition of Labor Union Women
  • November 8, 1892 (1977) – Therese Benedek, fled Nazi Germany in 1936 and settled in Chicago, researched the relationship of aspects of psychosomatic medicine and female sexuality at the Institute for Psychoanalysis
  • November 8, 1897 (1980) – Dorothy Day, social reformer, suffragist and peace activist, co-founded the Catholic Worker movement and edited “The Catholic Worker” newspaper
  • November 8, 1908 (1998) – Martha Gellhorn, pacifist war correspondent, reported on eight wars, married to writer Ernest Hemingway 1936-45, wrote six novels and four books of short stories
  • November 8, 1920 (1998) – Esther Rolle, one of founding members of the renowned Negro Ensemble Company in 1968, created the role of Florida Evans in “Maude,” starred in “Good Times” 1970-79
  • November 9, 1918 (1995) – Florence Chadwick, legendary female long distance swimmer, at age 10 swam the 2.5 mile channel at the mouth of San Diego Bay, swimming the English channel in 1950 she bested the existing record by 71 minutes, joined the Swimming Hall of Fame in 1970
  • November 11, 1744 (1818) – Abigail Adams, politically influential First Lady, early advocate for women’s rights
  • November 11, 1896 (1977) – Shirley Graham Du Bois, composed libretto for “Tom Tom” in 1932 and wrote score for “Swing Mikado” for the Federal Theater Project before the House Committee on Un-American Activities shut it down, traveled in triumph with her husband W.E.B. Du Bois in China and Ghana in 1956
  • November 11, 1914 (1999) – Daisy Lee Bates, mentored and advised the “Little Rock Nine” who integrated the Little Rock, Arkansas, public high school between 1959 and 1961, suffered personal, physical, economic, and professional loss, wrote autobiography in 1963, The Long Shadow of Little Rock
  • November 12, 1815 (1902) – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminist, suffragist, organized first U.S. women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, first president of the National Woman Suffrage Association
  • November 12, 1887 (1979) – Bertha McNeill, worked on civil rights starting in 1930 as vice-president and later president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • November 12, 1905 (1979) – Louise Thaden, aviator who worked for Walter Beech’s Travel Aircraft, soloed in 1927, set an altitude record of 20,260 feet and a speed record of 156 mph, won many cross-continent races, founded with other competitors the Ninety-Nines, which was open to all women with a pilot license
  • November 14, 1906 (1985) – Louise Brooks, danced with the Denishawn Dancers in 1922-23, made movies in America and Germany including “Pandora’s Box,” her frank memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, showed her sharp wit and intelligence
  • November 15, 1887 (1986) – Georgia O’Keefe, innovative painter, known for her oversized, close-up paintings of flowers and landscapes
  • November 16, 1899 (1976) – Mary Margaret McBride, appeared in radio show as fictional grandmother on “The Martha Deane Show” from 1934-40, and hosted a radio talk show for 15 years with guests as varied as explorers, literary types, ministers, and florists, remembered for her tag line, “It’s one o’clock and here is Mary Margaret McBride”
  • November 16, 1903 (1996) – Barbara McLean, film editor, helped cut Mary Pickford’s first talkies, went on to Twentieth Century Fox with credits for “Jesse Jones” (1939), “The Black Swan” (1942), and “12 O’Clock High” (1949), when arguments arose her comment was, “If you’re going to ask me, then listen to me,” and they did
  • November 17, 1903 (1977) – Spotted Elk (Molly Alice Nelson Archambaul), international and spellbinding native Penobscot dancer, resisted assimilation while building bridges between cultures, used her knowledge of anthropology in her lecture/dance recitals
  • November 17, 1923 (1988) – Ruth Bleier, trained in neuroanatomy in 1961, worked with Maryland Committee for Peace, lost hospital privileges when she refused to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, studied differences in brain structure between males and females at University of Wisconsin, involved with Women’s Studies from 1975
  • November 18, 1857 (1950) – Rose Knox, one of America’s foremost businesswomen, co-founded Knox Gelatin Co., revolutionized the company following her husband’s death initiating a five-day work week and two-week vacations
  • November 18, 1904 (1989) – Esther McCoy, an astute analyst of California architecture including both large and small homes and modern, Mexican, and Italian influences, joined preservation campaigns and organized museum exhibits
  • November 18, 1945 (2010) – Wilma Mankiller, first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation, 1985-95
  • November 18, 1948 (1985) – Ana Mendieta, artist, born in Cuba and influenced by minimalist earth and body art as well as by performance art which resulted in her 1976-77 “Tree of Life” series where her mud-covered nude body rested against trees, active with the Sotto Artists in New York
  • November 19, 1895 (1989) – Louise Dahl-Wolfe, photographer for interior decorators in New York and San Francisco, staff photographer for “Harper’s Bazaar” 1936-58, launched the career of 17-year-old actress Lauren Bacall, also worked for “Sports Illustrated” and “Vogue”
  • November 19, 1910 (1993) – Gladys Hobby, microbiologist whose clinical research, pathological materials, and patients with serious infections heralded the introduction of penicillin, sulfa drugs, streptomycin, and other antibiotics
  • November 20, 1896 (1965) – Rose Pesotta, union organizer and first woman vice president of the International Ladies Garment Worker Union, 1934
  • November 20, 1910 (1985) – Pauli Murray, civil rights lawyer, Episcopal priest, first black person to earn a doctorate at Yale Law School, 1965http://paulimurrayproject.org/
  • November 20, 1903 (1997) – Alexandra Danilova, Russian ballet soloist at the Imperial Ballet School in 1922, moved to United States in 1938 and became a leading dancer for 13 years, taught at the School of American Ballet from 1964
  • November 20, 1918 (1986) – Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), artist, entered Immaculate Heart of Mary congregation in 1936, her popular prints featured peace themes and silk-screening techniques with bright primary colors, left religious order in 1967, continued peace work with Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • November 20, 1976 – Dominique Dawes, first African-American to win an individual event medal with the Magnificent Seven in 1996, won Olympic gold medal as gymnast in 2012
  • November 21, 1906 (1983) – Mary Ellen Bute, foremost innovator of abstract animation beginning in early 1930’s and a world pioneer in electronic imagery, her 1952 “Abstronic” was among the world’s first films to use electronically generated imagery
  • November 22, 1943 – Billie Jean King, tennis champion, won 20 Wimbledon titles, first female athlete in any sport to earn $100,000 (1971)
  • November 23, 1898 (1980) – Rachel Brown, bacteriologist who found pathogenic fungus responsible for diseases and refined a safe and effective antibiotic for human fungal diseases at the Department of Health in Albany (NY) in 1950, worked with the American Association of University Women to widen opportunities for women in science
  • November 24, 1910 (1982) – Lucy Covington, with her heritage of many chiefs, was tribal leader who saved the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State and made the federal government fulfill its treaty responsibilities to Indians, supported higher education and training for tribal members
  • November 24, 1921 (1992) – Yoshiko Uchida, author of more than 30 books dealing with the Japanese-American experience
  • November 25, 1900 (1980) – Helen Gahagen Douglas, actress and politician, starred in H. Rider Haggard’s “She,” served as California Congressional representative 1944-50, when she ran for the Senate her opponent Richard Nixon claimed she was “pink down to her underwear,” which was later termed the worst “red-smear” campaign in American politics
  • November 26, 1792 (1873) – Sarah Grimké, outspoken abolitionist and influential women’s rights pioneer, wrote “Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States” in 1836 refuting Biblical scripture that justified slavery, wrote “Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman” in 1838
  • November 26, 1832 (1919) – Mary Walker, women’s rights advocate who adopted the “Bloomer” dress reform in 1850s, won the Congressional Medal of Honor for services in the Civil War including treating patients in the South, an active suffragist she probably left medicine after the war
  • November 28, 1903 (1998) – Alice Cook, labor educator, tried several systems to increase union representation of textile workers and the CIO, taught and researched at Cornell University 1952-72, established Cornell’s Department of Women’s Studies
  • November 29, 1832 (1888) – Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women
  • November 29, 1876 (1977) – Nellie Tayloe Ross, became the first woman governor when her husband died in 1924, championed prohibition and worker’s rights, defeated for a full term, Roosevelt appointed her director of the Mint, a position she held for 20 years
  • November 29, 1902 (1979) – Essie Parrish, spiritual and political leader of Kashaya Pomo Indians, famous for their baskets, possessed the gifts of prophesy and as medicine woman used hand power to counter illness
  • November 29, 1919 (1994) – Pearl Primus, choreographer and dancer who fused modern dance with African dance and created public demand for African American women when she debuted in 1943, her interest in anthropology helped preserve African dance tradition
  • November 29, 1926 (1999) – Michi Weglyn, wrote about the World War II internment of American citizens because they had Japanese ancestors, Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of American Concentration Camps, in 1976, Congress later apologized and paid $20,000 to each internee
  • November 30, 1900 (1994) – Mary Lasker, worked with the Birth Control Federation of America in 1939 (which was renamed Planned Parenthood in 1942), lobbied for federal funding for the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart Institute
  • November 30, 1924 (2005) – Shirley Chisholm, first African-American Congresswoman, (D-NY, 1969-83), first woman and first African-American Democratic presidential nominee, received 151 delegate votes at the Democratic Convention in 1972

November is Native American Heritage Month which provides an opportunity to honor and recognize the history, cultural traditions, and contemporary issues of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  National Native American Heritage Month 2015 Presidential Proclamation https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/30/presidential-proclamation-national-native-american-heritage-month-2015

Whitney Houston / Exhale (Shoop Shoop) / Waiting to Exhale (Original Soundtrack Album) / 1995 / Arista
Dionne Warwick / walk on by / Make Way for Dionne Warwick / 1964 / Rhino
Aretha Franklin / rock steady / Young, Gifted & Black / 1971 / Atlantic
Lara Price / Moon In the Mirror / I Mean Business / 2015 / BMI
Shemekia Copeland / Isn’t That So / Outskirts Of Love / 2015 / Alligator
Natalie Cole / This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) / Inseparable / 1975 / Capitol Records
Nancy Lane / All of You / Let Me Love You / 2015 / self-released
Nina Simone / here Comes the Sun / Here Comes the Sun / 1971 / Legacy
Janet Jackson / No Sleeep (feat J. Cole) / No Sleeep – Single / 2015 / BMG Rights Management
Toni Braxton / Another Sad Love Song / Toni Braxton / 1993 / Arista
Karrin Allyson / Oh, What A BeautifulMornin’ / Many A New Day (Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein) / 2015 / AGATE
Connie Hosier / Black Mass / Connie’s Hot Flashes On The Movies / 2015 / Self
The Supremes / Come See About Me / 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: Best of Diana Ross & The Supremes, Vol. 1 / 1999 / Motown

9th Annual disABILITY Resource Expo Saturday, October 17 from 9am to 2pm @ the Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign, IL – 100 organizations and businesses will be on hand to ensure that individuals with disabilities and their families have the opportunity to ask questions, get information, share ideas and learn more about what supportive services, resources and technology are available in our area.

We hope you’ll join us for this FREE family-friendly event offering different hands-on activities for children. Our theme this year is “Amazing Service Dogs”.  Come and learn about these amazing animals and how they are changing and enhancing the lives of persons living with a disability.  Our Artistic Expressions area will feature local artists and entrepreneurs displaying and selling their one-of-a-kind works of art. There will be live entertainment and opportunities to win prizes, such as Ebertfest tickets and a Kindle Fire! Your family will have fun while also gaining valuable information about available resources for individuals with disabilities in East Central Illinois.  Come one, come all!  This event is for everyone!

WEFT will be represented! Stop by the WEFT Disability Beat table to say Hi!


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