Issue 49
August 2019
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The Women’s Council is here, every day, to speak up for local women and girls. We are here to speak out, to take action, to keep a focus on women’s rights to equity, justice and safety.

The Women's Council is here, every day, training local employers about gender violence, leading outreach and awareness events, educating the public through multiple community presentations and media interviews, partnering with a wide array of agencies, and honoring Memphis women’s history with Women of Achievement.

You can support this steadfast work (and have a ridiculously fun evening) with fabulous women and the men who encourage us at our Kinky Boots theater party, Aug. 23 at Playhouse on the Square.

See what we've been up to since our founding here. To get involved with upcoming events, read the rest of this newsletter.

Your support helps keep the Women’s Council strong!

Historic Moment for Women Gets Official Marker Today
Thanks to the diligence of recently retired Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle, an official historic marker will be unveiled Friday Aug. 9 honoring WHER, the nation’s first radio station to staff only women on the air, and one of its leading voices, Marion Keisker.

The ceremony is at noon at the Third Street site of the studio which was housed in a Holiday Inn. Today’s WHER participants will gather indoors at the Calvary Rescue Mission, 960 Second Street, two blocks south of Crump Blvd. All are welcome.

Marion was honored with a Memphis Woman of Achievement award for Heritage in 2001. We encourage you to read her WA essay.

Find the nomination form for 2020 Women of Achievement here.
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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2019
They stride, they wobble, they step fast and slow - it’s the ninth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, coming up on Sept. 25.

At our annual event men and boys walk in women’s shoes (if they dare and their health permits) along with women and girls to show their support of ending all gender violence. Last year more than 250 participated in the rally and walk.

The walk will begin at the Ramesses II statue along Central Avenue at the University of Memphis. Parking is in the lots north of Central. Find your shoes and grab your complimentary t-shirt during the rally starting at 5:30. 

The Walk will step off around 6 p.m. to head west along Central, north on Highland, east on Poplar, south on DeLoach back east on Central to the statue by around 7 p.m.

Bring your own shoes or use ours – but bring your buddies and pals to this one-of-a-kind awareness event against sexual harassment of all kinds.
Mark your calendar
The Women’s Council speaks out on the scope and extent of domestic violence in our community in many settings with many partners. Upcoming dates include:

SEPT 10 : fraternity members share messages and materials about campus sexual assault. Kappa Sigma Says NO MORE at Christian Brothers, Rhodes and University of Memphis.

SEPT 21 : how employers and the faith community respond to domestic violence in the home and workplace. Women and Wellness, Temple COGIC, 672 S Lauderdale.

SEPT 27 : community dialog. Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Summit at the University of Memphis, hosted by UM, Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Athena Project.

SEPT 28 : the many aspects of domestic violence. Domestic Violence “Wake-up Call” Conference, sponsored by the Shelby County Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center at First Baptist Broad.

OCT 9 : local intimate partner violence. Moms Demand Action, Lester Community Center.
Don't miss it
Feminist leader, writer, organizer and icon Gloria Steinem receives the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award on Oct. 30.

Other honorees are Hafsat Abiola, Nigerian human rights, civil rights and democracy activist and President of Women in Africa, and John Legend, recording artist and social justice activist.

See the event calendar and get your tickets here .

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