Issue 49
August 2019
Rally and March Against Gender Violence
at Sept. 25 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Men, boys, women and girls are invited to join the rally and stroll on Sept. 25 when the 9 th annual Memphis Walk a Mile in Her Shoes steps off.

Uniting men in the push to stop rape, sexual assault and domestic violence, the event will begin at 5:30 at the Ramesses II statue on Central at the University of Memphis. Dozens of pairs of women’s shoes and signs will be available for walkers --- or bring your own.

After a rally at 6, the Walk will stretch west on Central to Highland, north to Poplar, east to DeLoach and back to the statue plaza. Registration minimum is $10; UM students walk free with ID, other students with ID walk for $5. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 200 to register.

Sponsors are Memphis Area Women’s Council, Memphis Says NO MORE, SAPAC (Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Coalition), Splash Creative and the University of Memphis.

More than 250 people walked last year! This year’s event launches the annual domestic violence prevention calendar that centers on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Pre-registration is available, or register in person!
Fun Night Supporting
Women’s Equity at Kinky Boots

Deborah Clubb spoke before the show about the work of the Women's Council. She was introduced by Marcus Cox, Director of Communications for Playhouse on the Square and cast member.

Alicia Vizenor and Lia Roeme tied for the "kinkiest boots" award.
Fun shoes, fantastic performances and rollicking music delighted guests at the Kinky Boots theater party hosted by the Women’s Council at Playhouse on the Square.

Among the 130 happy theatergoers, some tall and glittering shoes competed for prizes. Winners were:

Dizziest stilettos – Dr. Angela Madden
Prettiest pumps – Christy Smith
Kinkiest boots – Lia Roemer and Alicia Vizenor
Best Bling – Candace McGowen

The Council is grateful to Dr. Tom Ratliff, Cheryl Pesce the Lifestyle Store, Aldo’s Pizza Pies and the Slider Inn and Splash Creative. Special thanks to MAWC board members Dr. Carol Danehower, Bettye Boone, Dr. Cathy Meredith and Erma Elzy. We also appreciate donors who provided tickets for survivors of gender violence.
New Historic Marker Honors Local Women
Pioneer broadcaster and feminist Marion Keisker is honored in a historic marker unveiled on Aug. 9 by the Shelby County Historical Commission. The reverse side celebrates WHER, the nation's first radio station to staff only women on the air. The marker was arranged for 960 Second Street by Jimmy Ogle who served as Shelby County historian.

Deborah Clubb joined Ogle at the marker dedication.
Wide View of Domestic Violence at Community Conference,
Sept. 28
The Women’s Council works hardest on the epidemic of domestic violence that occurs between intimate partners because it is a high proportion of local violence crime and disproportionately burdens women.

But domestic violence also labels other family violence and elder abuse -equally horrible terrors faced by people across our community.

On Sept. 28, the Shelby County Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center will join with the Memphis & Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council and First Baptist Church-Broad to host a one-day conference on domestic violence.

Titled “Wake Up Our Community, Take Action and Make a Difference,” the one-day conference aims to educate about the wide range of types of domestic violence and how we can address them.

A panel of leaders in the field will include MAWC executive director Deborah Clubb. Break-out topics include Understanding Orders of Protection, Hate Crimes, Grief and Relationships, DV and Homelessness, Men and Violence and Family Violence. Click here for more information.
WomenTalk Set For
Oct. 10
Did you love  Kinky Boots  but want to talk more with the great women you met? 

Do you have opinions to voice or just want time to share what's on your mind about the challenges and opportunities we all face? Or a good change that we can all celebrate?
Come to the Women's Council office on Thursday Oct. 10 for WomenTalk - a time and place just to talk. We'll have some yummy snacks, some nice beverages and some women worth visiting.

That's at 5:30 to 7 p.m., Oct. 10 at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., 38112.

Hosted by the board of the Memphis Area Women's Council. Hope to see you there!
Total Woman Summit,
Sept. 28 in Germantown 
Domestic violence is a key topic at the third annual Total Woman Summit on Sept. 28, organized by founder Sherica Hymes. It will be in the Great Hall & Conference Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The summit’s focus is to educate, empower and connect women at a soulful level. Community partners include United Way of the Midsouth, Women United and CityCurrent.

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has its first female dean – Katharine Traylor Schaffzin. Congratulations, Dean Schaffzin!

Abby Meyers won the $10,000 2019 Memphis Film Prize as co-director and co-writer of “A Night Out.” Abby was one of three local artists who produced a multi-media show on the process of healing from traumatic experiences called Object (n) Object (v) and staged in various locations including the offices of Splash Creative and the Memphis Area Women’s Council in 2017. Congratulations, Ms. Meyers!
She Made a Difference
Our nation had a woman on the presidential ticket in 1984, the first female vice-presidential candidate representing a major American political party:

“We fought hard. We gave it our best. We did what was right. And we made a difference.” - Geraldine Ferraro, August 26, 1935 – March 26, 2011

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