25 Reasons We Love Gloria Steinem on Her 80th Birthday

I attended a fancy dinner party at the Waldorf – Astoria with some friends many years ago honoring, Madeline Albright, Joy Behar and Gloria Steinem. It was a really amazing evening to hear these three fucking cool women speak. During a break, my friend Courtney and I went up to Gloria and gave her an “official” life time membership card to the FCW Society! She really inspires so many of us and we are very grateful! Here’s a great blog post from Ms Magazine!


March 25, 2014 by Lindsey O’Brien and Andrea Ananighian

 Image1. She co-founded Ms. magazine!!!

2. She said, “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”
3. She used her skill has a journalist to explain and fight for women’s rights.
4. She went undercover as a Playboy Bunny not to write a sexy story but to expose harsh, exploitative working conditions.
5. She said of her own choice to have an abortion, “No matter how hard I tried to feel guilty … I couldn’t.”
6. She insisted on sharing her speaking engagements with women of color.
7. She has always embraced each younger generation’s feminist movement.


8. She has long advocated for affordable and available childcare in the U.S.
9. She said, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
10. She can still tap dance, and when she was young she dreamed of becoming a Rockette.
11. She wrote the much-reprinted article, “If Men Could Menstruate.”
12. She said, “Someone asked me why women don’t gamble as much as men do … women’s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.”
13. She said of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, “Catwoman is a feminist superhero with a story line and transformation of her own—plus class consciousness, a girl buddy, equal skills with the Batman equipment and an apartment of her own in Old Town.”
14. She protested the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
15. “She helped change the way the world the world thinks about women, and changed the way women think of themselves”—Marie Leonard (via Twitter)
16. She cofounded the Women’s Media Center
17. She helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus
18. Every Passover, she takes part in a women’s seder with her friends in New York City.
19. She said, “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
20. She also said, “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.”
21. She wrote about female genital mutilation in 1980, long before it became commonly recognized.
22. She weighed in on Miley Cyrus and gave us all a lesson.
23. She makes her points with “good humor and verve,” which “may not be political qualities, per se, but they sure help change hearts and minds.”—Patricia Stokes, women and gender studies professor, Ohio University (via Twitter)
24. She has said, “I’m keeping my torch, thank you very much—and I’m using it to light the torches of others.”
25. She has yet to retire from the feminist fight. And she never will.

Written by:
Andrea Ananighian is a graduate in English from California State University, Channel Islands. She is currently an intern at Ms.

Lindsey O’Brien is currently studying journalism at Ohio University and interning at Ms.


Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to  women throughout the country on an equal basis with men.

Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was certified. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug.     This resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

The right for women to vote was first proposed in 1848, but did not become law until 1920, 72 years later.  This is one reason its so important to VOTE … for all of the women who fought for the right for women to vote.   AND THEY DID FIGHT!   They were beaten and often jailed… but they didn’t give up!   WE shouldn’t either!

I recently attended the We are Women Rally in Washington DC on August 18.   If you’ve never been to a feminist rally – I highly recommend that you go the next time!!   A lot of my friends mentioned that they don’t like large crowds … and I understand how they feel, especially when the crowds are part of protest.  I’ve been to large events that are showing solidarity against war and yes, these crowds are sometimes a little intimidating.    The difference between rallies that are against something VS rallies that are FOR something is …. the ENERGY!    I was completely inspired by all of the WOMEN, MEN and CHILDREN that attended!

There is a lot of great people out there doing great things … and we need to remember to ENCOURAGE & SUPPORT one another!    Here are a few pics that I took at the rally — be sure to check out the We are Women website for more info — we have to stay connected to encourage everyone to VOTE for the politicians that support WOMEN and EQUAL RIGHTS !

See more pictures here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/trickydame/sets/72157631179179002/

We are WOMEN Rally – August 18, Washington DC!!!

There are some fucking cool women who are organizing an event in Washington, DC on August 18. (as of this blog posting, I’m still trying to get up there- looking for a ride from Savannah, GA!)

Why are women upset? Because we are still being punished for being women! Why are politicians trying to limit access to health care/birth control? Its the 21st Century!!! We are in a period of human evolution where everyone needs to start making choices from their heart not their EGOS! To control women is to limit human evolution and there are a few politicians who are not being very nice. Its very challenging for me who is very conscious of all of my thoughts/actions not to get really PISSY & ANGRY at the politicians who are denying women access to health care and other opportunities that will allow them to THRIVE! Support the women – and you support the Mothers! Support the Mothers and you SUPPORT FUTURE GENERATIONS! A lovely and smart woman named Maya Angelou once said, “We are not here for ourselves, but for future generations!”

And what about our rights as women to have sex with out getting PREGNANT!! Its hilarious to me how many GOP politicians want to deny women access to birth control when they are “against abortions/unwanted pregnancies”. People have sex. People require sex to be healthy people. People are going to have sex especially lower income because its usually something they can afford! Politicians are having sex so why can’t everyone!

I invite all of you to support the WE ARE WOMEN MARCH by attending or donating funds!!

Here’s some info from the http://www.wearewoman.us

We are marching for Rights affecting:

* Our bodies
* Our health
* Our families
* Our livelihood
* Our future

Women’s rights are human rights.

Click Here to read our bios.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring national attention to the ongoing war on women’s rights being fought by conservative representatives in federal and state legislatures throughout the country. We believe that women have the right to control their own bodies, make their own decisions about healthcare, receive equal pay for equal work, and be treated with respect by the men and women who represent them in their own state houses and in Washington. Women are not a special interest group seeking special privileges; we comprise 50% of the population, and we are citizens deserving of the same freedoms and protections awarded to our male counterparts. We Are Woman supports the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and the restoration of all the rights that have been limited or destroyed by governors and other legislators across the nation. It is our goal to bring thousands of men and women together at the Capitol on August 18th, 2012, to tell our politicians, “No more!” We are strong, powerful, loving and brave. We are America. We Are Woman.

Sexually Empowered Life

As most FCW know and agree —
Women need a safe space in which to heal, explore, examine and learn about
their sexuality. In this unique six month program, women will be able to do the
deep work on their sexual selves that can empower and affect every aspect of
their being and of their lives.

Which is why its great to know that Amy Jo Goddard is sharing her gifts with this great workshop …

The Sexually Empowered Life
A 6-month sexuality program for women

This program will take place over six weekends between January and
June 2012, in New York City. (Specific dates available here.) The Sexually
Empowered Life involves a combination of deep work on the sexual self
through discussion, coaching and self-exploration; examination of our
sexual history and patterns; education about sexuality and the sexual
body; and ritual, experiential learning and group support. It is a rare
opportunity to dive deeply into the study and development of our own sexual
selves: as we step out of cultural limitations for relationships, identity, and
gender, we can examine and explore how sexual norms and sexual shame have
affected or inhibited our sexuality, challenge and confront what is no longer
serving us, and move into a place of full-embodiment of sexual power, desire
and healthy vulnerability. Women of all sexual orientations and backgrounds are

Sexual empowerment coach, Amy Jo Goddard, M.A., facilitates this program
with a progressively feminist approach that creates an environment where
women can fully step into their sexual power and own the parts of themselves
they have forsaken or disconnected from, while being supported by other
women. Amy Jo has been a sexuality educator for over 15 years and is a
published author. Having worked in various women’s and queer communities as
an activist, performance artist and advocate, she maintains a deep commitment
to empowering women and girls. Read more about Amy Jo’s transformational
work at www.AmyJoGoddard.com.

A short write up about the free class:

9 Steps to a Sexually Empowered Life
A free workshop for women
Wednesday, December 7, 7-9 pm, NYC
In this workshop, learn about the 9 steps that will help you come home to your
authentic sexual self and express your sexuality with integrity and joy. Hear
about an amazing opportunity to grow your sexual self in a totally unique and
meaningful way.
To sign up and for more info:


About the free teleclass:

9 Steps to a Sexually Empowered Life
A free teleclass
Saturday, Decemeber 3, 11 am-noon
In this workshop, learn about the 9 steps that will help you come home to your
authentic sexual self and express your sexuality with integrity and joy. This
teleclass is also an opportunity for you to learn about Amy Jo’s newly reformatted
program for women, The Sexually Empowered Life, and to ask her any questions
you might have about this 6-month long unique course so you can become the
full sexually empowered woman you are meant to be.

To sign up and for more info:

38th Anniversary of Roe vs Wade!!

Thank You Supreme Court for passing this very IMPORTANT Law for the right to choose for US Citizens who are WOMEN!

And thank you to all of the women & men and various organizations who continue to make Abortion Legal in our country — it is our HUMAN right to make choices about how we live our lives. And it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to take responsibility for our choices & rights — I encourage to all FCW (& the FCM that we love) to continue to speak up about, share and support A Woman’s Right to Choose.

Here are two FCW Society Organizations — for a great poster (or FB profile pic!!) and a great “call to action” email!

Feminist Majority – www.feminist.org

I love their slogan — “TRUST WOMEN!” This is so true — as women we need to trust ourselves and each other to be able to heal our planet. Right now we are in a place in time where we need to have faith & trust that we can find a place to co-habitat on this planet peacefully. Using this slogan really finds a way to shift some of the “political action” of this issue to find its “spiritual message” … yay!! That’s Magic Passion Love working in all of the women who created this campaign. Thank you!!

Radical Women www.RadicalWomen.org

Roe v. Wade: The Battle Continues

Dear Friend,

January 22 is the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion throughout the United States. This was a huge victory. Access to safe, legal abortion and freedom from forced sterilization are as fundamental as the right to breathe the air. No woman should ever need to apologize for taking action to control her own body and life.

Roe still stands, but it’s been a rough year for reproductive justice. The new federal health care system severely restricts insurance coverage for abortions. At the state level, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, “legislatures considered and enacted some of the most extreme restrictions on abortion in recent memory, as well as passing laws creating many other significant new hurdles.” State legislatures and medical boards have created rules allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions. Other measures include mandatory waiting periods, parental notification, allowing health care providers to refuse services related to abortion or contraception, and outright bans on abortion, even when a woman’s health is in danger.

There were a few bright spots. The District of Columbia reinstated public funding for abortions. Wisconsin mandated that sex education be medically accurate. And Colorado voters defeated an initiative that would have defined a fetus as a human being from the moment of conception.

But these are only skirmishes in an intensifying battle. The ultra-right has rallied its forces, fueled by economic depression, skyrocketing prices and desperate competition for jobs. They blame single moms, immigrants, people of color, queers, and unionists for society’s problems. A fundamental pillar of their ideology is misogyny. They strive to turn women into unskilled workers and unpaid breeders and nursemaids, whose lives can be ruled by husbands and fathers, pharmacists, and religious decrees.

Some women’s groups have sought to appease conservatives by claiming a shared interest in preventing abortions by increased access to contraception. This opportunist strategy has been a predictable failure that has merely fueled the far-right.

Other organizations have relied on Democratic politicians to defend women. But these allies have proven false. President Obama’s call to “end the polarizing debate on abortion” was a request to stop agitating for reproductive rights. In negotiations for federal healthcare legislation, Democrats bartered away abortion and allowed contraception to be eliminated from covered benefits. Debate still rages over whether contraceptives will be available without a co-pay under the federal Affordable Care Act. (Tell the Department of Health and Human Services what you think at http://www.hhs.gov/feedback.html).

To defeat the bigots, a powerful movement must be built to demand that women have the right to make the most crucial decisions about their lives. Visible, bold, multi-racial organizing is what won abortion rights and virtually every other gain of working people. That is what is needed today – in the streets, outside women’s clinics, in the media, and wherever our opponents raise their reactionary program.

Radical Women calls on feminists to join together to build a united front to stop the ultra-right. If you are interested in collaborating on this kind of effort, contact Anne or Margaret for National Radical Women at RadicalWomenUS@gmail.com or 206-722-6057.

Trip to Senaca Falls!

I can’t wait until I visit Senaca Falls, NY – the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton one of the first FCW! It was these early suffragettes that inspired the FCW Society. Until I can visit the Women’s Hall of Fame in person, I’m very grateful for FCW like Janice Formichella for writing about her trip to Senaca Falls on her blog, “The Feminist Guide to NYC!”

Here’s an excerpt of the blog post:

It all began in Seneca Falls, New York. It is here that five rebellious women, unsatisfied with the plight presented to them, decided to take matters into their own hands and ultimately changed America forever. The town is the site of a true feminist pilgrimage, and a must-visit for anyone with a passion for revolution and social movements. If you are in Upstate New York you will be glad to make sure to take a day and explore all that Seneca Falls has to offer.

The natural first place to begin your day is the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitor’s Center. Open entering you will find “The First Wave,” a highly detailed cluster of life size bronze statues depicting the major players of the early women’s rights movement. You will find Frederick Douglas, Lucretta and John Mott, and of course Elizabeth Cady Stanton, among many others. I have truly never seen a piece like it, both in detail and size.

to read more visit: http://thefeministguide.com/other-cities/seneca-falls-2/

MS Magazine — for FCW everywhere!

There are a few great magazines out there for Feminists and they all started because of MS Magazine!!

You can get a membership & subscription to MS for $25/year!

It doesn’t cost a lot to be a FEMINIST SUPPORTER!

MS. Founded in 1972, Ms. became the first national publication to advance women’s rights. For 28 years and counting, it’s championed the struggle for women’s equality and celebrated women’s new freedom. WOMEN’S STUDIES SYLLABUS The late 1960s marked the first time that colleges offered women’s studies as an academic subject, underscoring the fact that history books traditionally excluded women’s ideas, contributions, and experiences. ACT (TITLE VII) Women’s rights were not considered civil rights in the U.S. until women successfully lobbied to include a provision against sexual discrimination in the Civil Rights of 1964.

HerStory: 1971 — Present

When Ms. was launched as a “one-shot” sample insert in New York Magazine in December 1971, few realized it would become the landmark institution in both women’s rights and American journalism that it is today.

The founders of Ms., many of whom are now household names, helped to shape contemporary feminism. According to founding editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ms.’ authors translated “a movement into a magazine.”

Ms. was a brazen act of independence in the 1970s. At the time, the fledgling feminist movement was either denigrated or dismissed in the mainstream media — if it was mentioned at all. Most magazines for women were limited to advice about saving marriages, raising babies, or using the right cosmetics.

When the Ms. preview debuted-carrying articles on subjects such as the housewife’s moment of truth, “de-sexing” the English language, and abortion, the syndicated columnist James J. Kilpatrick jeered that it was a “C-sharp on an un-tuned piano,” a note “of petulance, of bitchiness, or nervous fingernails screeching across a blackboard.”

And after the first regular issue hit the newsstands in July 1972, the network news anchor Harry Reasoner challenged, “I’ll give it six months before they run out of things to say.”

But Ms. struck a chord with women. Its 300,000 “one-shot” test copies sold out nationwide in eight days. It generated an astonishing 26,000 subscription orders and over 20,000 reader letters within weeks. By the time Ms. celebrated its 15th anniversary in 1987, Reasoner, media soothsayers, and the nation had all been pressed to change their tune.

Ms. was the first U.S. magazine to feature prominent American women demanding the repeal of laws that criminalized abortion, the first to explain and advocate for the ERA, to rate presidential candidates on women’s issues, to put domestic violence and sexual harassment on the cover of a women’s magazine, to feature feminist protest of pornography, to commission and feature a national study on date rape, and to blow the whistle on the undue influence of advertising on magazine journalism.

Ms. was the first national magazine to make feminist voices audible, feminist journalism tenable, and a feminist worldview available to the public.

Today, the magazine remains an interactive enterprise in which an unusually diverse readership is simultaneously engaged with each other and the world. The modern Ms. boasts the most extensive coverage of international women’s issues of any magazine available in the United States.

And the magazine’s time-honored traditions-an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis, the Ms. Women of the Year Awards, and the renowned “No Comment” section-have been supplemented with discussion of such subjects as environmental feminism, women’s work styles, and the politics of emerging technologies, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to create the feminism of the future.

Unique, outspoken, and hard-hitting, Ms. has consistently faced down financial instability and advertiser resistance. From 1978 to 1987, Ms. was published as a nonprofit magazine through the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication. In the ensuing decade and a half, Ms. had four different owners and adopted a revolutionary and extremely popular advertising-free model.

TO READ MORE – visit: http://www.msmagazine.com/

Gloria was given her FCW Society membership card … and all of the women who have ever worked with MS Magazine are all LIFETIME MEMBERS!! If they need their cards, all they need to do is email, trickydame@gmail.com

I am Woman!

One of my favorite songs from the 70s is the Helen Reddy hit, “I am Woman!”. I can remember singing this song and her other great hits, like “delta dawn” , “angie” with my next door neighbors.

When I did a search for Helen Reddy, I am Woman on You Tube this link came up and after watching her sing … and then her video blog, I knew she was FCW and I wanted to share!

Here’s Karen En singing, “I am woman”

Of course, Helen Reddy had another awesome song for a young girl to hear …

June 17-18, 1873

June 17-18, 1873:
The United States v. Susan B. Anthony is a milestone in women’s history, a court case in 1873. Susan B. Anthony was tried in court for illegally voting. Her attorneys unsuccessfully claimed that citizenship of women gave to women the constitutional right to vote.

Women in 10 states voted in 1871 and 1872, in defiance of state laws prohibiting women from voting. Most were prevented from voting. Some did cast ballots.

Susan B. Anthony and 14 other women registered in Rochester, New York, in 1872, and voted in the presidential election on November 5, 1872. On November 28, the registrars and the 15 women were arrested. Only Anthony refused to pay bail; a judge released her anyway, and when another judge set new bail, the first judge paid the bail so that Anthony would not have to be jailed.

The jury found Anthony guilty, and the court fined Anthony $100. She refused to pay the fine and the judge did not require her to be jailed.