Issue 51
October 2019
WomenTalk Is Thursday Oct. 10
Special Time, Just to Talk
Come to the Women’s Council office, 2574 Sam Cooper, 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday Oct. 10 for our now-and-then open house conversation that we call WomenTalk.

Bring a friend and share what’s on your mind with women worth visiting. We’ll share ideas, snacks, and something to drink.

Hosted by the board of the Memphis Area Women’s Council. Hope to see you there!
2019 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes:
280 Hit the Streets at UofM
Some guys borrowed high heels, some brought their own, and some shoes were destroyed in the process as the ninth Memphis Walk a Mile in Her Shoes once again gave local men a chance to rally against domestic violence and rape.

Football players, fraternity members, community leaders and others from two universities and across the city joined women in the Walk that launched from the University of Memphis Ramesses II statue plaza on Sept. 25.

At the rally, UofM student leaders Antonio Scott, president of Student Government Association, and Alex Tate, executive director of SAPAC (Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center) urged students to help make the university a place free of sexual assault.

Kenneth Anderson, the university’s Title IX coordinator, thanked students for joining the Walk and reminded all to look out for one another in settings when risky behavior could arise.

Two longtime Walkers - Kevin Reed, a Shelby County judicial commissioner, and Memphis’s Chief Operating Officer Doug McGowen – told the crowd that it is men who can and must stop the violence by helping their friends and family members stop. “Not just today,” McGowen said, “but for another 364 days.”

Organized by the Memphis Area Women’s Council, Memphis Says NO MORE, University of Memphis Title IX Prevention Center and SAPAC, the Walk also was supported by September of Service volunteers from Christian Brothers University who joined UofM student leaders in assisting Walkers with registration, t-shirts, signs and women’s shoes.

The UofM women’s basketball team and Memphis Police Department command staff joined the throng that roamed west to Highland, north to Poplar, east to DeLoach and back down Central to return to the Ramesses plaza.

Visit our website to see more photos.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Stands With Women
Brothers from Kappa Sigma chapters at UofM (pictured), Rhodes, and CBU partnered with Memphis Says NO MORE for 2-day campus sexual assault awareness event Sept. 9 and 10
VOTE on Oct. 3!
It Matters!
Use the right for which so many have fought and died!

Vote for Memphis mayor, city council, city clerk, judges and the sales tax referendum. Click here to see the full list.
Mark Your Calendar For These October Events  
OCT 9 : Deborah Clubb speaks at MOMS Demand Action on the impact of domestic violence and actions you can take. Lester Community Center. 6:30 p.m.

OCT 19 - 20 : Memphis Says NO MORE. Memphis Area Women's Council and Shelby County Crime Victim and Rape Crisis Center counselors provide a "safe tent" for festival goers at Mempho Music Festival . Shelby Farms Park.

OCT 23 : Kentucky photographer Tanya Amyx Berry presents her book For the Hog Killing, 1979 , a visual telling of an American agrarian tradition. Off Square Books in Oxford, MS. 5:30 p.m.

OCT 27 : Biographer and journalist Sonia Purnell speaks about her book A Woman of No Importance , (soon to be a feature film) the true story of Virginia Hall, an American debutante who became the leader of one of the largest networks of French resistance fighters in World War II. Brooks Museum, 2 p.m. Free with Brooks admission.

OCT 31 : Novel presents Gloria Steinem in Conversation with Tami Sawyer . The Orpheum Theater, 6 p.m.
New Video, Audio Highlight OurWork
Recent interviews with cityCURRENT host Jeremy Park and Total Woman Summit founder Sherica Hymes gave Women’s Council executive director Deborah Clubb a chance to reflect on the Council’s work and legacy.

See the video produced for the Summit above. Click here to listen to the interview that was broadcast on Cumulus Media Memphis stations.
Devastating New Data
One in 16 women ages 18 to 44 – more than 3 million women – in a new survey report that their first sexual encounter was rape.

The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the attacks occurred when they were adolescents and that they were more likely to suffer worse long-term health outcomes than women who had sex voluntarily the first time.

NPR's reporting is worth a listen.

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