Issue 37
JUNE, 2018
WomenTalk June 11 –
Make time to come!

A time and a place – just to talk!

That’s WomenTalk at the Women’s Council office on Monday June 11, 5:3-0 to 7 p.m.
This time: hear about a new opportunity to provide legal support to local survivors of sexual harassment. We hope to see some of the local candidates as well as Shelby County seeks to fill many administrative and legislative positions!

Bring your concerns, your ideas, your friends and share a snack and a beverage with other great women!

See you June 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at
2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., first floor.
Lt. Col. Michael Shearin, Deputy Chief of Investigative Services and member of the Memphis Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, posed to say NO MORE at the "Stand with Survivors" event at
LeMoyne-Owen College in April.
Memphis Says NO MORE
Campaign Grows

For three years, folks in the Memphis area have seen and heard the images and messages of the Memphis Says NO MORE campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault.

Featuring the faces and voices of community champions and local survivors of gender violence, the campaign has used MATA buses, WMC-TV spots, radio and screens at the airport baggage area.

On windows and in classrooms all over town, the Grizzlies star players urge:
NO MORE “I’ll say something next time.”
NO MORE “It’s none of my business.”
NO MORE “Not my problem.”
NO MORE “Leave it behind closed doors.”

MSNM volunteers have distributed thousands of posters and hundreds of palm-sized cards with all the key contacts victims and survivors of these crimes need.

Coming soon: new photography of new champions, new voices and narratives for the Memphis Says NO MORE website, new messages based on local research.

Watch for new partnerships at local events to reach ages 15-35 with messages against abuse and in support of victims.

If you want to help expand this work – sign the No More pledge on the website and donate your money, your time and your concern for those around you.
Great Women Doing Great Things

CBS Sixty Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl and PBS Newshour anchor Judy Woodruff shared tales from their decades of barrier-busting journalism at the recent awards dinner for the Deadline Club.

Their commentary is insightful and their long friendship despite the competitive nature of the news business is refreshing.

In other news: It’s no small thing that a woman is now in the top spot on Wall Street. For the first time in its 226-year history, the New York Stock Exchange will be led by a woman when Stacey Cunningham, the NYSE’s chief operating officer, takes over on May 25.

She becomes its 67 th president. And the glass ceiling in the world of finance has a new crack.
Happy Jones
Additional Tributes Honor Founder Happy Jones, Support Council

The Women’s Council is grateful for ongoing generous tributes in honor of the great Happy Jones, a founder and generous supporter of the Memphis Area Women's Council and a legendary women's rights and social justice champion. Happy passed away in November.

Mickey Klenz and Juan Fuentes have joined those who are donating to the MAWC Founders’ Fund in Happy’s memory. That support is much appreciated.

Tributes in Happy's honor can be made in support of the Women's Council and Women of Achievement to the MAWC Founders' Fund at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. or via PayPal   here .
Lois Freeman
Memorial Service for Civil Rights Warrior Lois Freeman
on June 2

Lois Freeman, 2001 Woman of Achievement for Steadfastness, died peacefully on May 17.

Her obituary in The Commercial Appeal quoted extensively from her WA essay, saying: “Lois worked steadfastly for equal rights for women and minorities, for voters’ rights, for opportunities for individuals with disabilities, for better lives for children and for open community dialog and discussion.”

Lois was among a biracial group of Memphis women who began integration of local restaurants simply by going out to lunch together. Her civic service ranged from the Memphis Women’s Political Caucus and the Democratic Party to the YWCA, Equal Employment Opportunity Council of Greater Memphis and more.

Asked by her WA essay writer to choose which of her many endeavors was most meaningful, she named her work during the Civil Rights movement.
We honor Lois Freeman, a gentle, devoted and steadfast friend and warrior for equal rights. Her memorial service is June 2 at 3 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home,  1638 Sycamore View Road .
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