Today’s Femtastic Friday coincides with the final day of the Obama administration and the inauguration of Donald Trump. It comes shortly after this Monday, when we celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
As Dr. King famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” President Obama reflected on this profound statement in his farewell letter, stating “And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’ ”
No matter your views on today’s political climate, these words serve as a reminder that you are not alone. Whatever your feelings are on this momentous occasion, know that you are not the only one feeling them. No matter what you are fighting for, you are not fighting single-handedly.
If you are looking for a reassurance of this togetherness, please join us at the WCC as we hold space to be in community with one another.
What’s new at the WCC:
Feminist Narratives Podcast!
The Feminist Narratives podcast seeks to amplify, share, learn, and educate listeners about stories of feminist resistance and innovation through the podcast medium.
Our inaugural interview with artist A-lan Holt focusing on the importance of healing practices and creation during these troubling times.
We’ll be playing it in the WCC’s Self Care Corner today at 4pm!
Feminist Discussion Nights
Sundays at 9-10:30pm
Women’s Community Center
Come by for some stimulating discussion, tea, and snacks!
Coordination for Bay Area Women’s Marches
Stanford students are going to be coordinating rides up to various marches for the weekend. Check out the public Facebook link here
Marches are being held across the country to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. Stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
Oakland – Meet at Oakland’s Madison Park (9th and Madison) at 10:00 am, with the march culminating at a12:30 pm rally at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway, downtown) with speakers, art and music. More info
San Francisco – Rally with speakers, arts and music from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Civic Center Plaza. Then join a 5:00 pm candlelight march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza. More info
San Jose – Meet at San Jose City Hall at 10:00 am, with an 11:00 am march to Cesar Chavez Plaza where there will be a rally with speakers and music. More info
WCC Event Recap:
Women’s March Safety Meeting
On Wednesday, the DGen Office sponsored an event to provide anyone participating in activist marches this weekend with the information to do so safely and responsibly. To learn more, view the notes from the meeting in the attached document below.
Hundreds of thousands of women will be marching in solidarity this weekend. You can learn more here.
We applaud the significant work President Obama has done while in office to advance gender equity. Check out his best feminist quotes (https://www.bustle.com/p/the-best-barack-obama-feminist-quotes-during-his-time-in-office-26257) and this writer’s thoughts on what it meant to have a feminist president (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/our-feminist-president-barack-obama_us_58755eeae4b092a6cae3a393)
If you’re looking for something else to do this weekend, check out the film Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of three pioneering African American women whose calculations for NASA were integral to several historic missions, including John Glenn’s successful orbit of earth. Full review here.
A Note from the WCC Directors from Election Day:
“Dear WCC community,
We see you. We love you. We are here for you. You matter.
Please take care of yourselves. Please take care of each other.
If you can’t stop by, we invite you to remember these easy self-care practices:
1. Breathe. Inhale for five counts through the nose, exhale for five counts through the mouth. Repeat.
2. Drink a glass of water.
3. Take a shower.
4. Stretch for 30 seconds, or more.
5. Take a walk to your favorite spot on campus (lake lag? cactus garden?). Leave your phone at home or on do not disturb and don’t check it til you’re back.
Now, more than ever, we must do what we can to sustain ourselves and each other. We are here for you.
Faith & Marta”
WCC Community: We stand with you. You matter, and your voice matters.