Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize-Winning Novelist, Passes at 88

"Ms. Morrison placed African Americans, particularly women, at the heart of her writing at a time when they were largely relegated to the margins both in literature and in life. With language celebrated for its lyricism, she was credited with conveying, as powerfully or more than perhaps any novelist before her, the nature of black life in America, from slavery [...]

2020-09-14T10:12:09+00:00August 7th, 2019|Obituary, Uncategorized|

Obituary for Barbara Materka, Fighter for Women’s Rights and Human Rights

Barbara F. Materka, a lifelong fighter for human rights and women's rights, died peacefully in her home on Turtle Creek Blvd at the age of 99, surrounded by loving family in the days preceding her death. Barbara was a member of the VFA, and SMU student interviews of her can be viewed in our "Fabulous Feminists" ebook. She served [...]

2019-07-16T07:42:23+00:00July 16th, 2019|Activism, Equality, ERA, Feminism, Obituary, VFA|

Leslie Wolfe, Second Wave Feminist Who Fought for Inclusion of All Women, Dies at 74

Ms. Wolfe sought AIDS treatment for women in the 1980's and researched gender and racial bias on the SAT exam as head of a think tank. She pursued equality for women, particularly women of color, as a longtime leader of the Center for Women Policy Studies in Washington. Ms. Wolfe’s work began in the thick of feminism’s second wave. She [...]

2018-03-30T04:49:55+00:00December 11th, 2017|Activism, Feminism, Health, Obituary, Reproductive Justice, Second Wave|

WBAI’s Multicultural Feminist Radio Show on Kate Millett, Sun. Dec. 3 at 6pm

On Sunday, December 3, 6-7 PM on WBAI at 99.5 FM (streaming at wbai.org), Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI will play excerpts from the recent celebration of the life of Kate Millett. We will also interview Kathie Sarachild, a pioneer feminist who will help to put Millett's work in historical context. After the show, you can [...]

2018-03-30T04:52:03+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Activism, Feminist, History, News, Obituary, Second Wave, VFA|

Myrna Lamb, Feminist Playwright, Dies at 87

The New York Times, September 22, 2017, by Neil Genzlinger. Myrna Lamb, a feminist playwright in an unwelcoming era, put the tenets of second-wave feminism in front of theater goers in provocative works that were staged at the Public Theater in Manhattan and elsewhere. She died on Sept. 15 in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. She was 87. Her daughter Joellen [...]

2018-03-30T04:52:59+00:00September 25th, 2017|Activism, Art, Feminist, Obituary, Second Wave|

On the Passing of Kate Millett

It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of our longtime friend, pioneer feminist and author of SEXUAL POLITICS, Kate Millett. She died this morning in Paris of cardiac arrest. Kate would have been 83 this week. It is impossible here to recount and pay tribute to all of Kate's many, many groundbreaking contributions to feminist theory and [...]

2018-03-30T04:54:48+00:00September 7th, 2017|Feminist, History, Obituary, VFA|

Sister Joel Read, who shaped Milwaukee’s Alverno College and was among nation’s top college innovators, dies at 91

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 26, 2017 By Karen Herzog Sister Joel Read, the longtime leader of Alverno College whose vision of placing abilities over grades put her among the nation's top college innovators, died shortly before midnight Thursday. She was 91. For nearly 35 years, Read led her alma mater on Milwaukee's south side with warmth, determination and energy. The women's [...]

2017-05-30T14:14:01+00:00May 26th, 2017|NOW, Obituary, VFA|

Obituary: Sister Joel Read 1925-2017

Former Alverno College President Sister Joel Read, SSSF, ’48, one of the nation’s longest-serving college presidents and a renowned advocate for education reform, died May 25. She was 91 years old. During her 35 years at Alverno’s helm, Sister Joel grew her alma mater into the internationally renowned educational institution it is today. She led the development of Alverno’s [...]

2017-06-06T11:00:11+00:00May 26th, 2017|NOW, Obituary, VFA|