A few weeks ago, I went to a wonderful event with Gloria Feldt. She is one inspiring woman!
Once a teen mom, Gloria went on to raise three children and to work for 30 years for Planned Parenthood, serving as its national president until 2005. I’ve only made a dent into her book so far (it just came out last week!), but the in-person event was a fabulous way to rekindle my feminism and help me to think about my commitment to holistic health within that context. So much rides on the telling and retelling of stories.
Alas, life with a young baby sometimes gets in the way of my telling stories in a timely and thorough manner. (I know: “no excuses,” right?) A few of my com-madres got their thoughts down, though, including Kim at I’m Not the Nanny and Joanne at PunditMom (who hosted the evening). Check those out posts for a preview of what’s in store tonight, Wednesday, October 13, when Gloria gives her official reading at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K NW at 5:30 p.m.
I’m sharing the press release with RSVP info in case you want to join in and/or spread the word!
My attendance will hinge on things like baby and babysitter, feeding and nursing. But if I don’t make it there in person, I will be there in spirit, will continue to enjoy her book, and will keep up with Gloria online at www.GloriaFeldt.com
From the press release:
Please join us for a reception to celebrate
In No Excuses, feminist icon Gloria Feldt argues that the most confounding problem facing women today isn’t that doors aren’t open, but that not enough women are walking through them. From the boardroom to the bedroom, public office to personal relationships, she asserts that nobody is keeping women from parity – except themselves. Through interviews, historical perspective, and anecdotes, No Excuses examines why barriers to gender equality still exist in American society, and discusses how to break them down through organized efforts using “movement-building” principles. Feldt employs a no-nonsense, tough-love point of view to expose the internal and external roadblocks holding women back, but she doesn’t place blame; rather, she provides inspiration, hope, and courage – as well as concrete “power tools” to aid women in securing equality and justice for themselves – articulated with personal warmth and humor. In an era where women outnumber men in universities, reproductive technologies have changed the power balance in personal relationships, and women are closer than any previous time in history to earning on par with their male counterparts, No Excuses is a timely and invaluable book that intends to help women equalize gender power in politics, work, and love.