UU Women's Connection

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Unitarian Universalist Association

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) represents the interests of more than one thousand Unitarian Universalist congregations, on a continental scale. The UUA grew out of the consolidation, in 1961, of two religious denominations: the Universalists, organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, organized in 1825

http://www.uua.org/aboutus

Official site for the 12 state MidAmerica Region. Look for listing of congregations, calendar of events, newsletter, online webinars and much more.

http://www.midamericauua.org

UUWF is a continental membership organization that advances equity and justice for women through education and advocacy. It is an independent non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation and one of only three associate member organizations of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Inheritor of a proud tradition, UUWF was formed in 1963 through consolidation of the Association of Universalist Women (founded in 1869 and believed to be the first organization of lay church women in the United States) and the Alliance of Unitarian Women (1890).

http://www.uuwf.org

"We do not want a piece of the pie. It is still a patriarchal pie. We want to change the recipe!" -- Rosemary Matson

http://www.uuwr.org

Unitarian Universalist Global AIDS Coalition (UUGAC) is an organization formed to assist Unitarian Universalists unite to journey with those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers travel as advocates and educators. The UUGAC looks for partnership and moves with compassion and respect in a multicultural world.
• Unitarian Universalist are called by UU principles to become active in responding to the crisis of HIV/AIDS, which has already killed 25 million, infected 40 million and will leave 40 million orphans by the year 2010.
• UUGAC is a network of congregations and individuals who, since its founding in 2003, has worked to engage UU’s in addressing the impact of the global AIDS pandemic through education and outreach, advocacy and direct service.

http://www.uuglobalaids.org

Women and Religion Committee in Chicago area

The W&R Committee sponsors a Winter WomanSpirit conference at a different location each year. This event is organized by a "local" committee with the help of the W&R Committee.

http://www.womenandreligion.org

American Association of University Women

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

http://www.aauw.org

National Partnership for Women and Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men create a balance between work and family responsibilities. For more information:

http://www.nationalpartnership.org

4ERA

Single purposed 4ERA organization explores the Myths? and Facts about Equal Rights.

http://www.4era.org/myths.htm

Women's Media Center

The Women's Media Center (WMC) Website. The WMC is the first of its kind. It's mission is to assure that women and women?s experiences are reflected in the media just as women are present everywhere in the real world; that women are represented as local, national, and global sources for and subjects of the media; and that women media professionals have equal opportunities for employment and advancement. This web site is the major online source for hyperlinks to women columnists and bloggers as well as media organizations and resources; it provides a Daily News Brief plus WMC Exclusives and Updates by media professionals and subject-specific experts.

http://www.womensmediacenter.com

National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

http://www.now.org

National Council of Women's Organizations

The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) is a non-partisan network of over 240 organizations representing more than 12 million women. Affiliates, which include America's leading women's research, service and advocacy groups, are diverse and their platforms vary. All, however, work for women's equal participation in the economic, social and political life of our country and the world. Our numbers are the critical force that gives NCWO its power and strength. In addition to organizational members, NCWO welcomes individual members.

http://www.womensorganizations.org

Rise Up and Call Her Name

Experienced by hundreds of groups and individuals around the world since 1995, Rise Up and Call Her Name is a self-contained 13-session course that weaves together spiritual stories worldwide that honor female divinities. By focusing on artistic and intellectual tools which facilitate self development and personal integration, these stories become relevant and inspiring to the individuals participating.

http://www.riseupandcallhername.com

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, an 11-session religious education curriculum in feminist thealogy for adults and older youth by Shirley Ann Ranck. Trainings for this break-out feminist curriculum were conducted in the midwest in 2008 by a cooperative effort of the UU Women's Connection, Continental UUW&R and the CMwD Women and Religion Committee. For all the resources from the train-the-trainer sessions, or to order the curriculum check this link. Or have your questions answered by reading the blog.

This curriculum begins our journey into the past to reclaim the stories of powerful women to be found in ancient Judaism and in early Christianity. We also look at the rise of patriarchal religion and society. Finally we celebrate the exciting new thealogy that has emerged in our time, and explore the personal and social changes that may be suggest a new world-view. The complex process tells a new story celebrating women. Sessions are titled, "The Hebrew Goddess," "Sarah the Priestess," "The Apostle Mary," "The Virgin Mary," "Witchcraft," and "Future Fantasies."

http://www.CakesfortheQueenofHeaven.org

Chicago Foundation For Women

One of the largest women's funds in the world, Chicago Foundation for Women believes that all women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area have the opportunity to achieve their potential and to live in safe, just and healthy communities. The foundation supports the achievement of social justice through grantmaking and advocacy.

Since 1986, Chicago Foundation for Women has impacted social justice through advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. In addition, they have awarded more than 2,000 grants totaling $12 million to hundreds of organizations that make life better for women and girls.

Their work is rooted in three principles of women's human rights: economic self-sufficiency; freedom from violence; and access to health services and information. The Foundation's core values include gender-specific funding, diversity, accessibility and choice.

http://www.cfw.org

Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice

The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice was founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to abortion. The Coalition founders were clergy and lay leaders from mainstream religions, many of whom had provided women with referrals to safe abortion services before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade. The founders believed that there would be at most a ten-year struggle to secure the right to choose. In fact the struggle is far from over. It has changed and intensified, and the stakes are growing.

http://www.rcrc.org

Project Dirty Laundry

Project Dirty Laundry site was prepared by Sara Carpenter, UU Women's Connection grantee. Guidance for the local congregation, organization or club to present PDL was found on the site.

National Women's History Project

The National Women's History Project is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.

http://www.nwhp.org/aboutnwhp/index.php

UU Service Committee

Protecting human rights for 65 years.

http://www.uusc.org

MOMSthatROCK-Concerts for a Cause

Becki Aud-Jennison Springfield, Illinois and Anna Fermin, Chicago are moms that rock.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/MOMSthatROCK-Productions/87554857048

Women's Leadership Day

2010 Women's Leadership Day in the Central Midwest District, co-sponsored by UU Women's Connection, CMwD Women and Religion, Chicago Area UU Council, Third Unitarian Church Chicago and Continental UU Women and Religion.

http://uuwr.org/change