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Economic and Reproductive Justice Top Priorities for UU Women
In late summer of 2015, the UUWF invited UU women at GA and online to respond to nine survey questions. When asked which of the issues affecting women are most important to them, survey participants focused on economic and reproductive justice. Equal pay, abortion, and contraception were ranked the highest, followed closely by gender-based and domestic violence. Other issues that are front-of-mind currently include insurance, environment, and human rights. It is encouraging that the UUWF already has a broad focus on a wide range of issues that impact women and girls, and yet the survey also gives us scope for broadening our work.
Shaya French is the latest Clara Barton Intern working in the Multicultural Growth and Witness staff team at UUA Headquarters in Boston, MA. She graduated from Bard College in May 2015 with coursework focusing on ecology, gender and sexuality, and human rights. A lifelong feminist, in college, Shaya studied workplace discrimination, welfare programs for women and children and how the criminal justice system impacts women. While at Bard, Shaya founded the Anti-Racism Collective to engage more white students in racial justice.
The New Prophetic Sisterhood initiative (NPS) is a new network of fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist women ministers who will covenant to affirm and promote justice and equity for women and girls and promote their spiritual growth.
We commit to using our voices in the pulpit and public square to speak out on issues that affect women and girls, e.g. reproductive justice; economic and racial concerns; gender based violence; women and aging and the status of women in UUism. We will be Engaged, Empowered and Energized by our work together. Read more…
Lucile Longview was the initiator and primary author of the ground-breaking 1977 Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion Resolution and a crusader for women’s human rights and equality in the family and community. She was a radical visionary in the traditional meaning of the word – addressing the root causes of sexism. The role that patriarchal religion has played in the oppression of women is something that Lucile was deeply committed to exposing.
During the last years of her life, she assembled into The Red Notebook what she felt were the best and most herstorically relevant of what she wrote from 1980 to 2000. These writings and presentations were delivered at meetings of Unitarian Universalists and at Harvard’s Theological Opportunity Program and appeared in a variety of publications.
On September 29, the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation (UUWF) stood up on the National Day of Action – “Pink Out Day” – in support of continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its key role in the reproductive health of women across the country. Read more and find out how to donate…
One of our UUWF partner organizations, the Religious Institute has launched a petition to Congress for people of faith and religious leaders to demonstrate that they stand with Planned Parenthood.
The Religious Institute hopes you will read it, sign it, and join us in getting the word out there:
UUWF’s Clara Barton Sisterhood is a great way to honor women aged 80 or more for their often unsung contributions to your religious community. Learn how.
Left to right: Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York City, with women honored with Sisterhoods by the congregation’s Women’s Alliance in 2014: Rose Patton, Joan C. Brown, and Sheila Darnborough.