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March 2013

1 Kick off party for the 4th Annual Bowl-a-Thon in support of the Women’s Health and Education Fund. The Roots Cultural Center in Providence, under the auspices of Luna’s Ladies Night. Bowl-a-thon scheduled for April 28.

5 NOW President Terry O’Neill to Address Feminist Challenges at UMass Amherst. 12:30pm. Student Union Ballrooom, 280 Hicks Way.

7 International Women’s Day 2013: A State House Reception. 4:30-5:30pm, State Room. Honored guests include Lt Gov Elizabeth Roberts, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Speaker Temporare Elaine Coderre, and more.

8 Women’s Performance Festival at Luna’s, The Roots Cultural Center, 276 Westminster St, Providence. 8-10pm. $6 at the door.

Creative Feminisms, An “Un-Conference”

10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

11 RI NOW meeting, 5:30-8pm, Tea in Sahara, 69 Governor Street, Providence. Interested in getting involved? We’d like to meet you! RSVP to Carolyn Mark.

18 RI NOW invites you to McCormick and Schmicks on March 18th to celebrate Women’s History Month from 6-8pm – please take advantage of their free valet parking!  Have a drink, meet like-minded women, and hear our speakers talk about their work and women who have inspired them to succeed.  Speakers include Dr. Sarah Fox, who has over 16 years of experience in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Rhode Island State Representative Maria Cimini, who brought her passion for economic security and social justice to the State Legislature after being elected in 2010, and Hilary Jones, the founder of “Girls Rock RI” will be joining us. This is sure to be a great event and RI NOW would love for you to tell us who inspires you and the work you do!

19 URI Screening of Miss Representation,6pm, Swan Auditorium, followed by panel discussion.

21 Barrie Jean Borich, author of The Body Geographic. Thursday, March 21st at 5 pm, Swan 154 (Hoffman Room). Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic, forthcoming in the American Lives Series of the University of Nebraska Press. Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage (Graywolf) won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award and was finalist for both the Minnesota Book and Lambda Literary awards. Restoring the Color of Roses (Firebrand), her first book, is a memoir set in the Calumet region of Chicago, where she grew up. Two recent essays, both from Body Geographic, received national literary magazine awards; “American Doll” won the 2010 Florida Review Editor’s Prize in the Essay, and “On a Clear Day, Catalina” won the 2010 Crab Orchard Review John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. Her essays also appear in recent issues of Ecotone, Seneca Review, Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review, South Loop Review, Seattle Review and others, as well as in the New Village Press anthology American Tensions—Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice and the Borealis Press anthology Riding Shotgun—Women Write About their Mothers. Her work has been named Notable in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading and has twice received Special Mention in the annual Pushcart Prize Best of the Small Presses. Borich holds an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and is the recipient of many literary prizes including a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, a Loft McKnight Award in Creative Prose, and a Loft Mentor Award in Poetry. She was one of two writers chosen by Rosellen Brown to receive a Loft McKnight Award of Distinction, and was among those chosen by both Scott Russell Sanders and Gloria Anzaldúa to receive Loft Creative Nonfiction Mentor Series awards. The nonfiction editor of Water~Stone Review, Borich is an assistant professor in the BFA and MFA creative writing programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, where she has received the award for outstanding teaching and service. She serves on the national board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org) where she chairs the Creative Nonfiction and Editorial Committees, she is a contributing editor of AWP’s Writer’s Chronicle, and was a Loft Mentor Series featured author and mentor for the third time in 2008. Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself. One coordinate of Borich’s story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and the other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich’s own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family’s, and her fellow travelers’ in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian—Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.

23 The Amazing Race: 2013 Center for Women & Enterprise Annual Auction and Gala

26 Women’s Health Lobby Day sponsored by the RI Coalition for Reproductive Justice. Mark your calendar and check back for details.

February 2013

14 1Billion Rising: Rhode Island (and surrounding) Events

19 In honor of Black History Month, Women in Charge will feature MJ Daly, actress and director at the Black Rep.Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:00 p.m..  She will talk about Jocelyn Elder.  This event will take place at Urban League of Rhode Island, 246 Prairie Ave., Prov., RI 02905.  There is plenty of free parking,  Come in door #250.  The event will showcase Urban League’s new Computer Center.  There is no charge and complimentary snacks will be served.  Please RSVP by email.

19 Jill Doerner, “Gendered Justice: Girls and Women in the Criminial Justice System.” Doerner will give a Dana Shugar Colloquium talk that will focus generally on the role of gender in the criminal justice system. Doerner’s research focuses specifically on the sentencing outcomes of female defendants in U.S. criminal courts. While examining legal factors that influence sentencing decisions (criminal history, seriousness of the offense, sentencing departures, and offense type), her research also focuses on extralegal factors (marital status, education, and number of dependents) and the role they play in the sentencing of male and female defendants. Doerner’s courses focus on how gender plays an influential role, not only for women in the criminal justice system, but also for girls.

28 Planned Parenthood Fundraiser with Lizz Winstead, Activist, Comedian, and Co-Creator of the Daily Show

January 2013

8  Planned Parenthood Votes! RI Volunteer Appreciation Night in Providence. 7-9pm. Email Kristen Dart or call for details 401-421-7820 ext 3113

January 2013

8  Planned Parenthood Votes! RI Volunteer Appreciation Night in Providence. 7-9pm. Email Kristen Dart or call for details 401-421-7820 ext 3113

15 Save the Date: RI Coalition for Reproductive Justice to Hold Awareness Event – Stay tuned
22 Celebrate 40 years of Reproductive Rights Freedom! Rhode Islanders for Abortion Rights – RIAR (formerly 2 to 1: The Coalition to Preserve Choice) invites you to join us 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, 5:30 – 8pm
Cash bar, Free appetizers, Cuban Revolution, 60 Valley Street, Olneyville (free parking behind the building and parking lot across the street), $25 at the door. Come join your fellow pro-choicers as we prepare to keep up the fight for reproductive rights in 2013. And make sure you take a look at our new logo and website! www.riabortionrights.org, RSVP please: info@riabortionrights.org.

December 2012

10 RI NOW Annual Meeting. 6-8:45pm. Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI. Dinner provided. Suggestion contribution $10. RSVP here. If you’ve been interested in getting involved in RI NOW, now’s the time! The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to learn about the organization and how you can get involved. The evening will feature guest speaker Maureen Maigret. Maureen began her 44-year career as an advocate when she became a registered nurse. After almost 20 years of nursing, Maigret decided she could have more impact if she could work proactively on their behalf as a state legislator. She ran for office in her district and won a seat in Rhode Island’s General Assembly, which she held for nearly ten years. Among her initiatives were a reform of state inheritance taxes to provide equitable treatment for married women; an equal pay for equal work study that led to a pay increase for thousands of women; a pilot program to develop a state child care subsidy program; a change in law to ensure that pregnancy is treated equitably under the state temporary disability program; and the introduction and successful passage in the Rhode Island House of Representatives of an Equal Rights Amendment to our state constitution. She was also the first woman elected by her peers as deputy speaker of Rhode Island’s House of Representatives. After her tenure in the legislature, Maigret served first as the policy director in the Department of Elderly Affairs and later as the director of policy and executive director of the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council. Today, in retirement, she continues to advocate on Capitol Hill for our elderly and their caregivers. Maigret was the chief investigator and author of a 2011 report commissioned by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island entitled “Older Women in Rhode Island: A Portrait.”

November 2012

Amazing Women Radio
Center for Women and Enterprise

13 Women in Charge Annual Women’s Holiday Bazaar, 5pm, Urban League of Rhode Island. This year, it will feature Judi Newcomb Gross’s warm and fuzzy hats (back by popular demand), Leigh Brigg’s paintings and her unique pins and many more one-of-a-kind items for your shopping pleasure! As always, there will be complimentary refreshments.RSVP here.

13 Center for Women and Enterprise Capital Arts Auction

14 RI NOW Post-Election Happy Hour

October 2012

Amazing Women Radio
Center for Women and Enterprise

From October until the general election, phone bank for progressive candidates with Planned Parenthood Votes! RI. Click here to sign up!

3 Join our friends at Planned Parenthood Votes! RI for a Women are Watching Brendan Doherty event 6:30

3 URI Anti-Bullying Presentation: “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard

10 RI NOW Phone Banking and Meeting at Planned Parenthood

10 National Council of Jewish Women panel discussion on 2012 elections

17 Love Your Body Day

18 Benefit for Sojourner House: Project Home at reconstructure 5-9pm

22  RI NOW Phone Banking Night at Planned Parenthood

24 URI annual Gender and Women’s Studies Carlson Lecture

24 RI Legal Services Equal Justice Awards Celebration

26 2nd Annual Sojourner House Masquerade Ball

28 2nd Annual Stomp Out Domestic Violence Fashion Show

29 URI Dana Shugar Colloquium Lecture “The Portrayal of Illness in Grey’s Anatomy and ER, and Its Impact on Society

September 2012

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Center for Women & Enterprise Programs

27 YWCA Rhode Island Announces 2012 Women of Achievement Award Winners 

July 2012

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Center for Women & Enterprise Programs
RI Pride 2012 Calendar of Events
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13 Ocean State Action’s Rock the Boat Party
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25 Drinking Liberally in Providence
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28 Women in Charge: Playtime Potluck Picnic at Lorraine’s 11:00 a.m.
RSVP to Charlene Kneath  chark76@yahoo.com

June 2012

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Center for Women & Enterprise Programs
RI Pride 2012 Calendar of Events
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Soul @ Work: Cafe with Gayle Corrigan
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Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island campaign kickoff
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7-10 Netroots Nation
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12 Title IX and its connection to health equity
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13 RI NOW to co-host State House Soup Kitchen (details forthcoming)
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14 Leading Women’s AWE Conference: Turning Points for Success
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15 Wiley Center 31st anniversary celebration
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16 RI PrideFest & 36th Anniversary Celebration
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21 Got UR Game On? Addressing the Sexual Health Needs of RI Youth
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23/24 OSA to Host New Voices Boot Camp
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26 Women in Charge Leigh – Beach Picnic in Newport. For more info, email Charlene.

May 2012

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Center for Women & Enterprise Programs
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MERI Training: Organizing for Equality
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Women’s Center of RI Walk to End Domestic Violence
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7 Healthy Kids RI quarterly meeting. 4-5:30pm. Women & Infants Hospital, Auditorium C (in the basement). Guest speaker: Carol Cummings, Professor of Health Education at RIC.
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8 Opening Night: Children of Children, Portraits and Stories of Teenage Parents.TseTse Gallery 7-9pm.
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11 New Leaders Council Meet-Up
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15 Women in Charge: Honoring Our Mothers. 5pm. TseTse Lavallee (19 Spruce Drive, Hope, RI) will host. Members are welcome to bring their mothers or pictures of them. Please RSVP to Charlene Kneath.
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16 RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Conference
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20 RI NOW to host screening of Miss Representation in Barrington. RSVP on Facebook!
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23 Drinking Liberally – Check back for details
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31 RI Women’s Health Lobby Day

April 2012

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4 The RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence will speak at a press conference on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30pm in room 313 at the State House. This press conference is being held by Representative DeSilva, the primary sponsor of the Anti-Strangulation bill (H7242). The Anti-Strangulation bill would make sure that batterers are held accountable for their crimes by increasing penalties for domestic violence assaults where the victim is strangled or choked. Please show your support by attending this press conference, as well as the hearing for the bill that will be held just following the press conference in the same room.
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11 Abortion-related bills to be heard in House Judiciary. Contact RI NOW if you are interested in testifying in support of reproductive rights.
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17 RI NOW Equal Pay Day (Un)Happy Hour
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17 Tax Fairness Action. Check back for details.
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23 10th Annual Earth Day Breakfast of Champions
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24 Presidential Primary/Vote for RI delegates
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24 Women in Charge: Famous Women. For more information and to RSVP contact Charlene Kneath.
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28 Unite Against the War on Women: This grassroots rally is to unite men and women in the state who are fighting against the growing war on women in the states and nationally. Similar events will be happening around the country on the same day. Check out the event on facebook.
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29 WHEF Bowl-a-thon

March 2012

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1 Jennifer Campbell Gallery Reception
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2 Vagina Monologues
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4 The Red Tent
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4 Vagina Monolgoues
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5 Glyis Ridley: “The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: Writing the Life of the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe”
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6 Stories of Working Women in Providence
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8 RI Women Are Watching Congress! Protest – Thursday, March 8 from 6-8pm outside the Hope Club in Providence. RSVP on facebook. March 8th commemorates International Women’s Day and should be an occasion to celebrate and recognize the female influences that have touched all our lives. Yet, we find ourselves defending our basic rights as women, justifying the fact that 99% of sexually active women use birth control and defending against intrusions of personal privacy by our government. Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, anti-women’s health leaders in Congress and the states have been spending their time introducing and passing bills restricting women’s access to health care. In fact, lawmakers have introduced more than 1,000 reproductive health bills in legislatures across the country, the majority of which seek to undermine women’s health. We hope you will join us on the evening of March 8th on the public spaces outside of the Hope Club to protest the presence of Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) who have consistently voted against women and access to reproductive health care and who are in town to fundraise for Congressional Candidate Brendan Doherty. The fundraiser which we will stage the protest outside of is linked below:http://www.dohertyforcongress.com/news-and-events/events/fundraiser-with-congressman-sessions/We know that Rhode Islanders support basic reproductive health care like access to birth control with no co-pays! We know that women are watching! We know that women will vote! Let’s send Pete, Jeff and all other anti-women legislators a strong message of solidarity! Women are watching, educating their friends, sharing, taking action, and WE WILL BE VOTING.
11 “Going on 13” Documentary Screening
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13 Volunteer Services Introduction & overview for prospective Clinical, Advocacy, Education and Outreach Volunteers. Tuesday, March 13 from 5:30-7:30pm at the PPSNE Administrative Offices at 111 Point Street. Patrick Comerford, our new Volunteer Services Coordinator will join us to provide new and returning volunteers with a global understanding of the work we do and the need for volunteers and activists in a number of roles throughout the organization.  If you know of others who have wondered what they can do to help or have voiced interested in getting involved with public outreach, educational fairs or advocacy, this is a great opportunity for them to come out and hear more about the work we do and the needs we have for volunteers to fold in. RSVP to Paula Hodges.
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14 Planned Parenthood Public Affairs & Advocacy Phone Bank – Wednesday, March 14 from 5-8pm at the PPSNE Administrative Offices at 111 Point Street. It’s more important than ever that we clean up our list of Rhode Island PPSNE supporters and ensure they are ready to educate, motivate and mobilize year round.  This will be the first regularly scheduled, monthly volunteer phone bank held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at our offices.  We will have approximately 10 calling stations and all phone calls will be done using our online phone banking system which includes easy to follow phone scripts and prompts.  RSVP to Paula Hodges.
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14 Brenda Weber: “Mom or Monster?: Kate Gosselin, Kris Kardashian Jenner, and ‘Momagers’ on Reality TV
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15 RI NOW Meeting. Join RI NOW as we finalize our legislative agenda for 2012. We will meet between 6-8pm on the Brown campus in advance of the Miss Representation screening. Contact Carolyn Mark for more details.
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15 Join RI NOW at a “Miss Representation” screening at Brown; RI NOW gathering to follow
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19 Emily Martin: “Women Can’t Afford Unfair Pay in 2012: The Gender Wage Gap and How to Close It
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20 Screening of Christy Turlington Burns’ “No Woman, No Cry” on Thursday, March 20 at 7pm at Wilson Hall 101, Brown University. Planned Parenthood is proud to partner with fashion icon and women’s health advocate Christy Turlington Burns in the release of her film, No Woman, No Cry, a documentary that follows women in the US and abroad as they face the challenges of pregnancy-related care. NO WOMAN, NO CRY is a feature-length documentary that tells the powerful personal stories of people in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Tanzania and the United States whose lives lie in the balance of the safe motherhood movement. It is about pregnant women and the caregivers who can make all the difference in their lives. By bringing the problem and the solutions back to a human level, we hope to inspire the action and change needed to create lasting improvements in the lives of every woman for generations to come.
26 RI Coalition for the Homeless Annual Awards Luncheon
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28 ‘Drinking Liberally’ to celebrate Women’s History Month. Mark your calendar, and check back for details. RI NOW will post the event on facebook as details become available, so ‘like’ us to stay informed!
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28 Women Helping Women: A Crossroads Women’s Shelter Benefit
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29 URI Carlson Lecture on “The State of Women in Higher Education.” Lynn Pasquerella, now president of Mt. Holyoke, will be presenting. It will be at 4:15. Mark your calendars! Thank you also to the Center for Humanities for being willing to “share” Lynn’s visit with us. She will also be talking about the Humanities for their celebration at 7:30 p.m. Contact Jody Lisberger for more information.
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31 Women in Charge 5th Anniversary Celebration. 3pm at The TSETSE Gallery. For more information and to RSVP contact Charlene Kneath.

February 2012

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7 Women in Charge meeting. The Women in Charge February event will take place on Tues., Feb. 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the Urban League of RI, 246 Prairie Ave., Prov., RI in the administrative conference room.  To celebrate Black History Month, MJ Daley will do a presentation on famous Black women.  Please RSVP by return email. Members of the 5th Anniversary Planning Commiittee will meet at 4:00 p.m. For more information and to RSVP contact Charlene Kneath.
8 RI NOW Meeting. Join RI NOW at the William Hall Library (1825 Broad Street, Cranston) from 6-8pm for an informative evening regarding legislative issues of concern to RI NOW. We will be joined by Paula Hodges of Planned Parenthood Southern New England, Ali Wolfson of Rhode Islanders for Fair Elections, and Rachel Orsinger of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence. RSVP on facebook.
9 PPSNE Public Affairs Open House.
13 Choice Coalition Meeting. For more information, contact Paula Hodges.
14 URI Lecture: “Mothers of Invention: Birthing Babies in a ‘Post-feminist’ Era.” Lippitt 402, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4-5:15 p.m. Description: Public discourse on the role of choice in giving birth has taken on increasing significance as the result of two recent and diametrically opposed trends in the U.S.: a rising Cesarean-section rate that reached 32.9 percent in 2010 – a fifty percent increase in just a decade – and a historic increase in the number of women who give birth outside of the hospital environment. Media reports and research studies, in attempting to uncover the origin of these developments, polarize even the experts. Lurking behind policy statements and medical jargon is the social reality that these changes in how women give birth in the U.S. today are not simply medical, but structural –brought about by enormous social, economic, legal, and political changes that have taken place over the last century. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in three states and 109 qualitative, in-depth interviews with physicians, midwives, childbirth educators, and mothers, my research revealed that the rhetoric of safety, choice and control dominate mothers’ understandings of pregnancy and birth, though the extent to which they rely on each of these concepts varies depending on whether they give birth at home, in birth centers, or in hospitals and on the type of care provider in attendance.  Notably, despite the significance of personal agency in their narratives, women of all backgrounds and experiences express deep anxiety about this concept and indicate ambivalence about the extent to which technology and litigation have come to dominate contemporary birth practices in the U.S.
17 Soul @ Work
29 WHEF Bowl-A-Thon Kick Off Party. 6-8pm at DUSK Providence (301 Harris Ave.)

January 2012

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Center for Women & Enterprise Programs
11 Providence Blogosphere Post-Holidays Party
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14 Women in Charge meeting. For more information and to RSVP contact Charlene Kneath.
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16 Martin Luther King Day
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20 Soul @ Work
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22 Roe v Wade Day
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23 Choice Coalition Meeting. For more information, contact Paula Hodges.

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