Lucie Brandon 1933 – 2018

Lucie Brandon MemorialContra Costa NOW members (from top, left to right) Katia Senff, Phyllis Bratt, Kem Tetlow, Nancy Bocanegra, Erika Maslan and Kathy DeFabio attended the memorial service for longtime member, Lucie Brandon, on June 9th.  Phyllis spoke on behalf of NOW, noting Lucie’s many contributions to the chapter.  Lucie was described as a powerhouse, and a dedicated activist who knew how to get things done.  She will be missed.

Illinois Passes The ERA

Illinois Passes the ERA,

Bringing Women One Step

Closer to Constitutional

Equality

Statement from NOW President Toni Van Pelt

May 31, 2018

After 36 years, the Illinois House has finally moved to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, bringing us one step closer to constitutional equality.

NOW salutes the hard work of Illinois NOW and its partners’ relentless efforts to pass the ERA.

The #MeToo movement has underscored the importance of strong legal protections for women’s rights, and our resolve to secure these Constitutional guarantees is unwavering. The hard-fought battle in Illinois shows that women are determined to win.

We know our work is not done and we will continue our efforts to help ratify the amendment in the remaining states. Not only will we work to urge our representatives to continue the fight for equality for women, but we will make sure the candidates we elect share our commitment to this cause.

Illinois has finally voted to put itself on the right side of history. There’s still more to be done to correct this shameful failure of our Constitution. But today, NOW activists celebrate our victory in Illinois and tomorrow we will continue the fight in Virginia and the remaining states.

15 Women Who Were Overlooked by History — Until Now

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15 Women Who Were Overlooked by History — Until Now

It was not customary, in New York City during the late 19th century, for a woman to accompany a man to a construction site. Petticoats tended to get in the way of physical work.

But when Washington A. Roebling, the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, fell ill with the bends, it was his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, who stepped in. She managed, liaised and politicked among city officials, workers and her husband on his sick bed to complete the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge. In 1883, she would be the first person to cross the new bridge — carrying a rooster for good luck.

Roebling is one of 15 women featured in Overlooked, a project we launched today, in which we are revisiting 167 years of New York Times history to write the obituaries for women who never got them, but should have.

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It is said that obituary writing is not about death, but life — the last word, so to speak, on a person’s time alive. A good obituary is a carefully crafted final testament to a mark left on society, culture, history, whether good or bad.

But who gets remembered — and how — has always been a matter of judgment. And so to look back at obituaries over time is to learn not only about lives lived, but about how society assessed those lives. In some cases, a gap is obvious in who was, and wasn’t, deemed worthy of an obituary.

Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries, for heads of state and Nobel Peace Prize winners, but also for the inventors of Stove Top dressing and the namer of the Slinky. The vast majority of those obituaries chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just more than one in five of our subjects were female.

Among the women who did not receive obituaries are Charlotte Bronte, who wrote “Jane Eyre,” and Ada Lovelace, a gifted mathematician who was the world’s first computer programmer. They were Mary Outerbridge, who brought tennis to the United States, and Qiu Jin, a Chinese feminist, author and revolutionary. Also Ida B. Wells, the muckraking journalist and leading voice of the anti-lynching movement (her wedding, however, did receive front-page attention).

It is said that obituary writing is not about death, but life — the last word, so to speak, on a person’s time alive. A good obituary is a carefully crafted final testament to a mark left on society, culture, history, whether good or bad.

But who gets remembered — and how — has always been a matter of judgment. And so to look back at obituaries over time is to learn not only about lives lived, but about how society assessed those lives. In some cases, a gap is obvious in who was, and wasn’t, deemed worthy of an obituary.

Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries, for heads of state and Nobel Peace Prize winners, but also for the inventors of Stove Top dressing and the namer of the Slinky. The vast majority of those obituaries chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just more than one in five of our subjects were female.

Among the women who did not receive obituaries are Charlotte Bronte, who wrote “Jane Eyre,” and Ada Lovelace, a gifted mathematician who was the world’s first computer programmer. They were Mary Outerbridge, who brought tennis to the United States, and Qiu Jin, a Chinese feminist, author and revolutionary. Also Ida B. Wells, the muckraking journalist and leading voice of the anti-lynching movement (her wedding, however, did receive front-page attention).

Qui Jing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some women, by contrast, received obituaries that now seem comically inadequate.

When Frida Kahlo died, in 1953, she was identified first as the “wife of Diego Rivera.” Susan B. Anthony was noted in 1906 to have “possessed a figure of medium size” and “a firm but rather pleasing face.” Harriet Tubman’s 1913 death merited only 132 words (though short obituaries were customary at the time).

Emily Warren Roebling, the Woman Behind the Man Who Built the Brooklyn BridgeRoebling
She was not an engineer. But she was instrumental to the construction of the great engineering feat.

 

 

 

 

Ida B. Wells, Who Took on Racism in the Deep South With Powerful Reporting on LynchingsWells
Wells is considered by historians to have been the most famous black woman in the United States during her lifetime, even as she was dogged by prejudice.

 

 

 

 

Diane Arbus Called Her Portraits ‘A Secret About a Secret’Diabe Arbus
A daughter of privilege, she photographed those on the outside, and her work has been hailed as brave and reviled as freakish.

 

 

 

 

 

Marsha P. Johnson, a Transgender Pioneer and ActivistJohnson
When she died at 46, under murky circumstances, Johnson was mourned by many friends but her death did not attract much notice in the mainstream press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from the Contra Costa Women’s March

 

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Holiday Party with STAND!

As part of our community outreach we collected donations of items for women’s shelters in our county through STAND! For Families Free of Violence.  Items included women’s underclothes, women’s socks, children’s underclothes, children’s socks, adult pajamas, child pajamas, diapers, hygiene supplies (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, tampons, pads, hairbrushes, bath soap-liquid, hand soap-liquid), bed sheets, towels, pillows, back packs w/school supplies, journals and pens.

Rhonda, director of STAND!, raised our awareness of how STAND! operates and the various problems it faces.  Funding is mainly through grants, then donations.

Below is a photo of the Board members in front of a table with various donations.

Stand Party

 

Photos From Our Paint Nite Event: Contra Costa NOW Stands with Planned Parenthood

 

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Photos from the Garden Party 8/19/2017

Photos from our garden party

What a wonderful turnout!  We had raffle prizes, a feminist quiz, suffragette video, delicious food, and good company.

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 Mary, state board rep and past president with our newest member Olin.  Olin adores Mary! and vice versa!

Mary and Olin

Laura and Jim

Laura and Jim

Chapter members enjoying conversation

Karen S and chapter members

 Kathy and Dorothy

Kathy and Dorothy

Erika, president; Katia, action committee chairperson and Olin’s mom; and Adel from Planned Parenthood

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Darnelle and Lesley, longtime members

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 Current Board Members:  Kathy, treasurer; Erika, President; Nancy, VP Action; Phyllis, VP Public Relations; Karen VP Membership

Board Members

Planned Parenthood Capitol Day

Contra Costa NOW members, behind the desk of Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governer, in support of Planned Parenthood Capitol Day, #CAStandsWithPP.

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Contra Costa NOW at the Earth Day Science March

Photos from Earth Day March

Earth Day

Erika

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#MyDecision

This is what victory looks like. Thank you #SCOTUS for a win for women everywhere! #MyDecision

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