Issue 43
January 2019
Women of Achievement 35 Exhibit Opens
In County Hall Downtown
In celebration of the 35 years of Women of Achievement, Shelby County historian Jimmy Ogle invited WA to install an exhibit in the lobby of the Vasco A. Smith Jr. County Administration Building downtown in the government plaza.

The exhibit features the Mimi and Katie Dann porcelain award plates loaned by past WA honorees, WA books, essays, photographs, clippings and programs from our 35 years.

A centerpiece is a six-foot by 22-inch poster bearing portraits of all 248 women honored since Women of Achievement began as a celebration of Women’s History Month in March 1984.

The exhibit will remain until the end of March and aspects of it will be on display at the 35 th awards reception on March 24 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Lobby hours at the Vasco Smith County Building are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Men Can Stop the Violence: Speaker on Jan. 29
On Tuesday, January 29, Neil Irvin, Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape, comes to Memphis to talk about engaging boys and men in preventing domestic and sexual violence.

Hosted by the Shelby County Crime Victim Center and Rape Crisis Center, this event will be held at the University Center Theater at UofM from 1-2:30pm on Tuesday.

"This is a free event and no registration is required, so please invite all," says Sandy Bromley, Deputy Director of the Crime Victim Center and Rape Crisis Center.


Join WA; Select New Honorees on Feb. 2
Membership in Women of Achievement is affordable and open to all. Join online today or come on Feb. 2 to First Congregational Church, become a member, and join a committee to select 2019's Women of Achievement in the following categories: courage, determination, heritage, heroism, initiative, steadfastness, and vision.

Light refreshments will begin at 9a.m. and the selections will begin at 9:30 at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper. Enter at the breezeway that links the Sanctuary building to 3-story classroom building. Park off Cooper, behind the church.

Making Memphis: Storytelling with Jimmy Ogle at Pink Palace
Shelby County historian Jimmy Ogle will host his farewell speaker series in conjunction with the Pink Palace Bicentennial exhibit this winter.

Jimmy will speak each Monday and Thursday, from noon to 1 p.m., from Feb. 4 to March 14. Talks will be in the Pink Palace Mansion Theater.

Women in Memphis History are the focus on March 11 . Other topics range from music to the riverfront to tall buildings, pre-Memphis Memphis and more. Click here to reserve your seat.
DOJ Quietly Changes Definition of
Domestic Violence
Without fanfare, the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women made significant changes to its definition of domestic violence in April. The Obama-era definition was expansive, vetted by experts including the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The Trump administration’s definition is substantially more limited and less informed, effectively denying the experiences of victims of abuse by attempting to cast domestic violence as an exclusively criminal concern.

The previous definition included critical components of the phenomenon that experts recognize as domestic abuse—a pattern of deliberate behavior, the dynamics of power and control, and behaviors that encompass physical or sexual violence as well as forms of emotional, economic, or psychological abuse. But in the Trump Justice Department, only harms that constitute a felony or misdemeanor crime may be called domestic violence. So, for example, a woman whose partner isolates her from her family and friends, monitors her every move, belittles and berates her, or denies her access to money to support herself and her children is not a victim of domestic violence in the eyes of Trump’s Department of Justice. This makes no sense for an office charged with funding and implementing solutions to the problem of domestic violence rather than merely prosecuting individual abusers.

As reported in Slate by Natalie Nanas.
We Believe Women.
Allegations against R. Kelly for inappropriate sexual behavior have existed for years, but with the release of Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly," he is back in the headlines and big names are demanding accountability from the R&B superstar.

How has Kelly gotten away with years of abuse? Because his victims are young, black women. Girls and women of color face even more barriers to justice than their white counterparts.

The bad publicity might be enough to force RCA Records to drop him once and for all. UltraViolet has created a petition to do just that. Consider adding your name.

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