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Feminist  Reunion 2017
We Won't Go Back!

June 10, 2017    1:30   -  4:30

Join with us in collecting, creating& sharing our photos.

Email your favorites today to
Joan Casamo

(If you can, include names, place, date & photographer )

We will show them and play them on a loop at the Reunion and make them all available on a free keepsake DVD.


June 10, 2017

55 Washington Street South
New York, NY 10012

Handicap Accessible

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Questions?  Email us.

Farewell Our Great Friend, Aileen Hernandez

Aileen Clark Hernandez (May 23, 1926 - February 13, 2017)

Aileen HernandezThe only woman appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 to the first EEOC, Hernandez has spent a lifetime working to improve the political and economic status of minority groups and women. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she moved to California in 1951 to become an organizer and later education and public relations director for the Pacific Coast Region of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, where she worked for 11 years. Before accepting the EEOC post, Hernandez was assistant chief of the California Division of Fair Employment Practices. Elected as executive VP at the founding conference of NOW in 1966, Hernandez declined that position but later agreed to serve as VP West, soon after resigning from the EEOC and launching her urban consulting business, Aileen C. Hernandez Associates, in San Francisco in 1967. She has chaired the national advisory committee of NOW, served on the board of NOW LDEF, and co-chaired a NOW task force on minority women and women's rights. She facilitated sessions at the founding meeting of the NWPC in 1971 and at the 1973 NOW-sponsored International Feminist Conference held in the Boston area. She also founded and was active in Black Women Organized for Action, Bay Area Black Women United, The National Hook-Up of Black Women and Black Women Stirring the Waters. She has served on numerous boards and commissions at national and local levels, including The Urban Institute, National Urban Coalition, Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, Ms. Foundation for Women, Bay Area Urban League, National Advisory Board of the American Civil Liberties Union, African American Agenda Council, and Center for Governmental Studies. She chaired the California Council for the Humanities, the Center for the Common Good, the Coalition for Economic Equity, and the board of the Working Assets Money Market Fund. In 1996, Hernandez helped create and became chair of the California Women's Agenda, a virtual network of over 600 women's groups organized to implement the Platform for Action adopted by 189 nations at the Fourth International Conference on Women held in China. Hernandez holds a B.A. from Howard University, an M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.

from Feminists Who Changed America 1936 – 1975, ed. Barbara Love, University of Illinois Press, 2006

Tributes & Obituaries can be found at:

New York Times

Washington Post

SF Gate

Sharing Our Stories

Historians and Feminists:
An Intergenerational Conversation

A dialogue between Second Wave activists and young historians will ensure that the full story of the Women’s Movement is told to current day historians who are researching, writing and teaching about women’s history and women’s issues.

Panel discussions:  
Grassroots Organizing; Law and Government;
Employment Activism

Each features three Second Wave activists and three historians.

Keynote Address: Dr. Nancy MacLean

Reception and Dinner: A Salute to Southern Feminists

Second Wave feminists from southern states will be honored at a celebratory reception and awards dinner. Deceased feminists will be honored in memoriam.

Please suggest southern feminists to be honored; for a nomination form, send an email to




Save the Date!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Durham Hilton
Durham, North Carolina

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Letter on behalf of the VFA from Gloria Steinem & Carol Jenkins.

Gloria Steinem & Carol Jenkins invite you to join and support the Veteran Feminists of America. Read their inspiring letter by clicking on the image to the right.

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