Women’s History Videos

We can now post two videos of presentations given here during Women’s History month this year, arranged by Tucker Farley.

First, Clare Coss, discussing Political Theater, Women, Race, Class and Power.

Second, Eleanor Roosvelt Comes to Collington, with Blanche Cook, distinguished biographer.

The original videos were posted by Richard Zorza.

News – All the Photos From the January 21 Women’s March

Collingtonians on the march.

Photos from the January21, 2017, Post-Inaugural Women’s Marches. (Including one from Seattle and one from Philadelphia)

Don’t mess with these folks!

Thank you!

p.s. Maybe we can be a “host hub” for residents from other Kendals coming to future DC events.

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There She Is . . . The Real Ms. America

The new issue of the Collingtonian, the monthly resident publication at our retirement community, Collington, includes a wonderful article about how the US got to its unmatched position in women’s sport.

It is an interview with Joan Hult, below, who played a pivotal role in making that happen, and her interview provides some powerful lessons about how societies change.  Read the whole article, and share with anyone who cares about any of these issues.


The article describes how it all got started:

Joan’s association with the U.S. Olympic Committee began in the 1960s, when “I went to them and I said, ‘You guys are never winning in women’s sports and that’s because we don’t teach women to play competitively.’ I said, ‘I can give you 10 women that are right now ready to win.’”

This was no idle boast. Since 1958, Joan had been at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where she became chair of the women’s physical education department, coached
every women’s sport except gymnastics and founded the women’s intercollegiate sports program.

There was political savy too.

Working with Birch Bayh, a senator from her home state of Indiana, she helped bring about the passage of Title IX, an amendment to the Civil Rights Act.

Title IX is often described as promoting equality of men’s and women’s sports programs. But Joan pointed out that it wasn’t that simple. “We were smarter than that,” she said. Facing a predominantly male Congress and sports establishment, Title IX’s backers were careful to keep its language as neutral as possible. She recalled that she and Bayh “worked together quite well, although it’s really his wife that kind of talked him into taking this to Congress. He was smart enough to not have a bunch of women” as prominent advocates, so Joan and others worked behind the scenes.

The original Title IX never mentioned sports. It simply guaranteed equal access to educational opportunity. (Legislation in 1988 mandated gender equality in collegiate athletic scholarships.)

And so it gets to this (photos on google).

By the way, Joan’s book, A Century of Women’s Basketball: From Frailty to the Final Four, published in 1991, is on Amazon.

Women’s History Month At Collington Video Now Available

Many residents will recall the presentation by Charlotte Bunch:  “A Feminist Human Rights Journey: Advances and Challenges After 25 Years of Advocacy“which was part of Women’s History Month here at Collington.   As the announcement of the presentation said:

Charlotte is best known for her activism internationally and at the UN, where she spearheaded the drive for a coordinated office to work globally for women’s equity.

 Charlotte Bunch moved from being a youthful member of the student and civil rights movements to being president of the ecumenical University Christian Movement, affiliated with the World Student Christian Federation; so while she was studying history and political science at Duke, she was already becoming an organizer around the world.

She was the first woman tenured Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.  

With the dynamic emergence of the Second Wave of Feminism, Charlotte came out; she became part of a famous collective in DC, whose home has recently been named a Historic Landmark.

The radical energy of the 60’s had visionary components worldwide, and Charlotte connected to South American feminists, where being a feminist meant you were a human rights activist , fell in love with the founder of the first Women’s Center in Lima, Peru, Roxanna Carrillo—who has had a distinguished career at the UN–and became active in the global conferences generated by the UN Decade of the Woman. Her energy and leadership has provided a vital focus for women’s movements around the globe.

 In 1989, Charlotte Bunch founded the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. CWGL lobbied the United Nations and the international community to view women’s rights as a human rights issue:   The entity UN Women was established in 2010.

Here is a complete video of that presentation.  Thanks to Tucker Farley, among others, for putting the program together, and to Grant Bagley for the editing.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/162822990″>Women’s History</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user20326806″>Grant Bagley</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>