May 21 marked the 20th Annual Women Helping Women Fund Benefit Luncheon. It was held in the Spokane Convention Center and packed wall to wall with inspirational women and men from all over the great Northwest. Every table had a captain, which symbolically was a person who had attended before or sponsored others to be at their table. Each captain welcomed their guests and spent time helping the members network with one another. I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Elizabeth J. Keeler as my captain, thanks to the generous sponsoring by one of Eastern’s own, Dr. Jennifer Stucker. Dr. Keeler was jubilant to be celebrating her 20th year in attendance at the WHWF Benefit Luncheon, which made the atmosphere of our table that much more amazing.
The Magic Lantern recently screened the documentary “Miss Representation” as part of Get Lit! week. It is a film that explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
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As you probably already know, SlutWalk has caused controversy. While some people are upset about the name, I’m boycotting for other reasons. The lesser-known controversies of SlutWalk lie in, what is ultimately feminist apologia manifested in really problematic and dangerous ways.
Independent Lens, an Emmy-winning series of PBS that broadcasts independent documentaries, will be showing a documentary on a Native American who was murdered for being “two-spirited”. Nádleehí, a male-bodied person with feminine characteristics in Navajo culture, were once respected and given honor, but are now subject to hate crimes.
From my perspective, as an activist, people who don’t wait for directions from “the organizer” or permission from the city, people who don’t limit themselves to petitions and electoral campaigns, are a breath of fresh air.