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Upcoming WRC Events:
Date Please Join Us for:
April
April 14 Sexual Assault Awareness Day
Massasoit Café 10:30-1:00
April 16 Sexual Assault Resource table
Massasoit Café 11:30-1:00
April 23 Lunch & Learn- “Women, Girls and the Criminal Justice System”
Brockton SSCR rsvp x1484
April 24 Lunch & Learn- Women in American Life-“Cultural Image & Economic Reality
Canton-Akillian Gallery rsvp x1064
April 28 Women’s Center Club Meeting-“Next Steps”- SC/177 12noon
The Women's Resource Center

What is the WRC?

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) first opened its doors in 1970 as a place for all women and those interested in issues relevant to women.  The WRC is dedicated to the support, education and personal growth of our female students, staff and faculty as well as the women in our local community.  Our purpose is to assist women in facing the new challenges, opportunities, and demands which are encountered in today’s ever changing society. The WRC invites everyone to participate in our many programs that are offered throughout the year. These programs include; women’s history, women’s health, women’s safety, in addition to workshops that address issues dealing with work and family, finance  and  the plight of women around the world  to name a few.

Resources at the WRC:
  • Books and films for and about women’s issues.
  • Information about women’s programs and services in the community.
  • Career, scholarship and resume resources.
  • Coffee and conversation always available.
  • Opportunity to plan and participate in workshops, discussion groups,
    book reviews, women’s history month and community service projects.

 
Book Review of the Month
"One Amazing Thing" by Chitra Divakaruni

When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There's little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, a young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.
Website of the Month
www.mass.gov/mova
The mission of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is to empower all crime victims and witnesses in the Commonwealth of MA.  MOVA strives to ensure access to equitable services, across the Commonwealth, which meet the unique needs of those impacted by crime through survivor-informed policy development, fund administration, training, and individual assistance.
“Herstory”
Fannie Lou Hammer
Fannie Lou Hamer  1917-1977
Hamer addressed the Credentials Committee of the 1964 Democratic National Convention and told of her beatings and arrest as a civil rights activist. She was a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged the right of the all-white delegates of the Democratic Party to represent the state, since African Americans had been excluded from choosing them.

The youngest of twenty children born to sharecroppers, Hamer was forced to leave her home for attempting to register to vote. She worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, dedicating herself to voter registration.

Sarah Winnemucca
Sarah Winnemucca: Native American Activist
Sarah Winnemucca was born about 1844 in what was then Utah Territory and later became state of Nevada. She was born into what were called the Northern Paiutes.  When she was 13, in 1857, Sarah and her sister worked in the home of Major Ormsby, a local agent. There, she added English to her languages and by 1866, Sarah was putting her English skills to work as a translator for the U.S. military. In 1879, Sarah Winnemucca began working toward changing the conditions of Indians, and lectured on that topic. Soon, she went with her father and brother to Washington, DC, to protest the removal of their people to the Yakima Reservation. Sarah's lecture tours and writings financed her buying some land and starting the Peabody School about 1884. In this school, Native American children were taught English, but they were also taught their own language and culture. In 1888 the school closed, never having been approved or funded by the government, as hoped.

Jone Johnson Lewis
The Women’s Resource Center is part of the Office for Institutional Diversity located in the Student Center / SC 177
Hours of Operation: M,W,TH 9:00-3:00 p.m.
Coordinator
Donna LeClair / 508-588-9100 x1484, dleclair@massasoit.mass.edu
Director
Yolanda Dennis, Executive Officer for Institutional Diversity / 508-588-9100 x1304





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