WomenExplore-Related Websites
Services for Women
Educational Institutions
Other Organizations
Speakers, since Fall 2009, incomplete
Advisory Committee Members' Sites
 

WomenExplore-Related Websites

TOP of My Mind
WomenExplore's blog, founded by Cheryl Suchors — one woman's take on the topic of the week, or any topic of concern to women

Sophia Smith Collection
WomenExplore/TOP records and artifacts are archived at the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC) at Smith College in Northampton. The SSC is one of the foremost archives of women's history in the world. It turns out that it is particularly interested in "grass-roots women's organizations" – and of course that is WomenExplore/TOP! SSC has the papers of Margaret Sanger, Gloria Steinem, Roman Catholic feminist theologian Mary Daly, Jewish feminist theologian Judith Plaskow, and the records of more than a century of the National YWCA.
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Services for Women in Massachusetts

SafeLink
24 hour Massachusetts Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877 785 2020 or TTY 1-877 521 2601. For emergencies, dial 911.
This link (SafeLink) gives links and telephone numbers for accessing help in a number of locations throughout Masssachusetts.

Casa Myrna
Casa Myrna work with domestic violence victims to bring them to safety and help them to build futures free of abuse. They have a shelter, transitional living progams, family services, counselors and community advocacy as well as prevention and outreach. Their SafeLink phone number is 877 785 2020 and their website is www.casamyrna.org. To volunteer, people can call them at 617 521 0100.

Dove
Dove also works for domestic violence victims and provides emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing domestic abuse. To see their full range of services visit their website http://www.doveinc.info/ourservices.html.
24-hour Crisis Hotline: 617 471 1234 or 888 314 3683
Outreach & Family Services Center: 617 770 4065

Emerge
Emerge is a Massachusetts organization which works to eliminate domestic violence by providing counseling and education of individual abusers. Emerge is also extending its mission to helping men become more responsible parents.

YWCA of Boston
Among other services YWCA of Boston offers low-cost transitional housing. For more about this and other services visit their website http://www.ywcaboston.org/.

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Educational Institutions

Lesley University
The Women's Center is a resource center on health and other issues important to women. It promotes a campus environment conducive to respectful interactions between women and men and provides a meeting place for individuals and organizations, or a place to hang out. This blog is currently authored by Daphne Strassmann, this year's (2009's) Graduate Assistant.

Third Wave Feminism and Gender Issues Club
This blog is run entirely by students at Lesley University. "We believe in spreading the message of feminism: equality for all, through reproductive rights, economic equality, LGBTQ equality, and ending racism, sexism, misogyny and violence against women. We are young activists who are committed to making a change in the small community of our school, the larger community of Cambridge, and hopefully one day throughout the world!"

Wellesley College
The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Wellesley Centers for Women studies the psychology of women and is the home of Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) which emphasises relationships and connection and studies how people grow through and toward relationships throughout their lives.

The Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College was founded in 1981, providing a home for the "Stone Theory Group", which had been meeting twice a month since 1977. In 1995 the Center for Research on Women (founded in 1974) and the Stone Center amalgamated to become the Wellesley Centers for Women, and the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute was formed with Jean Baker Miller as its first director.

Judith Jordan is the current director.

 
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Other Organizations

 

Emerge Massachusetts
Women Leaders for a Democratic Future. Emerge Massachusetts is part of Emerge America, a national movement to address the under-representation of women in office at the local, state, and federal level.

European Professional Women’s Network
promotes the professional progress of women through all their career phases, from potential through the pipeline to power by networking, mentoring and training, and encourages companies to recognize the necessity of diverse and innovative management approaches and the need to maximize the human and creative potential of all employees by promoting women’s success stories (what they did new and differently). It wants to raise the volume of European women’s voices by increasing women’s presence in the media and public life (conferences, think tanks…).

Feministing.com
is an online community for young feminists. It brings awareness of feminist issues to young women. Feministing Mission: Young women are rarely given the opportunity to speak on their own behalf on issues that affect their lives and futures. Feministing provides a platform for us to comment, analyze, influence and connect. (Send them a message about their James Bond-style silhouettes!)

The Global Fund for Women
GFW is a San Francisco-based, publicly supported, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that advances women's human rights by funding women-led organizations worldwide. We provide general operating support grants to organizations working at the local, regional and national levels to enable women and girls to reach their potential and live free of discrimination and violence.

Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS)
HumanDHS is a global transdisciplinary network and fellowship of concerned academics and practitioners. They wish to stimulate systemic change, globally and locally, to open space for dignity and mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow, thus ending humiliating practices and breaking cycles of humiliation throughout the world.

Mathilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
promotes awareness of Gage's many contributions to the struggle for women's rights, against slavery and against the brutal and unfair treatment of Native Americans in the nineteenth century. Gage, along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association. The Foundation is restoring the Gage home in Fayetteville, New York. The Executive Director is Sally Roesch Wagner, the nation’s foremost authority on Matilda Joslyn Gage, and a previous speaker at TOP.

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WomenExplore/TOP Speakers, since Fall 2009 (an incomplete list)

Joan Anderson, author of memoirs A Year by the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage, A Walk on the Beach, A Weekend to Change Your Life, and The Second Journey. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, The Dilemma of Living Alone: The Pros and the Cons
Amy Banks, director of advanced training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Fall 2015, What Matters to Me and Why?
Mary Catherine Bateson, writer & cultural anthropologist, author of Composing a Life and Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, THE POWER OF VOICES FROM OUR PAST: HAUNTING...INHIBITING...LIBERATING?
Jan Bergstrom, relational and trauma therapist. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, RISKING CHANGE: CONFRONTING VERBAL ABUSE
Nazli Choucri, prof Political Science, MIT, author w. Robert C. North of Nations in Conflict: National Growth and International Violence, ed. of Global Accord: Environmental Challenges & International Responses. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, WHO CONTROLS THE RESOURCES?: POPULATION, ENVIRONMENT AND CONFLICT
Marjorie Clapprood, former state representative and talk-show host. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, How Do You Live with Fear—or Resist It?—Fear of Dying, of Being Alone, of Financial Insecurity
Macy DeLong, the founder and manager of Solutions at Work to help people move out of homelessness. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, FEELING "AT HOME" DURING YOUR LIFE'S JOURNEY – unable to speak
John Ehrenfeld, author of Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, What is Enough? Do We Need to De-Tox from Consumerism?: Being Accountable for our Choices in Life
Susan Eisenberg, one of the first women to achieve journey-level status as a union electrician, artist, poet and educator, author of We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, and creator of the installation On Equal Terms: Women in Construction 30 Years & Still Organizing, visiting scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, How Do We Respond to a Culture of Bullying and Abuse When Societal and Personal Power is Misused
Nancy Feth, relationship counselor. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, PARTNERING AND UNPARTNERING AS LIFE CHANGES
Jaclyn Friedman, Program Director for the Center for New Words. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, What is the Evolving Meaning of Feminism? Feminist Voices in Dialogue
Donna Hughes, prof, Women's Studies, University of Rhode Island, co-author of report Sex Trafficking of Women in the United States. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, DISPOSABLE WOMEN AND CHILDREN: WHY CAN'T WE CONTROL SEXUAL TRAFFICKING? WHO BENEFITS?
Jacquelyn James, dir research at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College, co-editor of The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Postretirement Period. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, LETTING GO AND FINDING A NEW IDENTITY: A SURVIVAL SKILL AS WE AGE
Allan Johnson, sociologist, author of Privilege, Power, and Difference, The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy and the novel, The First Thing and the Last. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, CONTROL IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS: A NOVEL OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Judith Jordan, director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Spring 2011, Standing Alone on a See-Saw: Balancing Vulnerability & Security, Responding to Vulnerability: A Women's Perspective
Madeleine Kunin, former governor of Vermont. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, Reclaiming the Spirit of Citizenship: Reassessing the Balance Betwee the Individual and Community
Sharon Lamb, distinguished prof Mental Health, dept Counseling and School Psychology, UMass, Boston, co-author of Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes and Packaging Boyhood: Superheroes, Slackers and Other Media Steroetypes. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, MARKETING GIRLHOOD: SELLING OUT OUR DAUGHTERS AND GRANDDAUGHTERS
Kate Clifford Larson, author of Bound for the Promised Land, women's history, Simmons College. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, Through History, Stereotyping Women as Virgin, Witch or Whore
Anne Macksoud’s film Missing Peace: Women of Faith & the Failure of War. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, WOMEN'S ALTERNATIVES TO COMPETITION AND AGGRESSION
Jean Marchant, womanpriest, previously director of healthcare ministry for the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, HEALING OUR GRIEF: MOVING THROUGH MAJOR TRANSITIONS
Tim McCarthy, historian, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, Awakening to the Reality of the Changed World Around Us
Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain, Brown University. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, Living in the Illusion that We Have Plenty of Time
Julie Nelson, Dept of Economics Chair, UMass Boston, Global Development & the Environment Institute, Tufts. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, GLOBAL ALERT: HOW CAN WE PROSPER WITHOUT GROWTH?
Gina Ogden, sex therapist, researcher, author of The Return of Desire and The Heart and Soul of Sex. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, SEXUALITY AND SENSUALITY THROUGHOUT LIFE
Mary Oliver reading her poem, "The Summer Day", which inspired the theme of the Spring 2013 series – What Does This "Wild and Precious Life" Demand of Us?
Sarah Roche-Mahdi of CODEPINK Boston. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, WOMEN'S ALTERNATIVES TO COMPETITION AND AGGRESSION
Didem Sarikaya, graduate student Extavour Lab, dept Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, HOW HAS MASCULINIZED THINKING IN SCIENCE AFFECTED ALL OF US AS WOMEN
Julie Silver, assistant professor Harvard Medical School, author of Super Healing. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, Our Bodies/Ourselves: Who Controls Our Healing?
Gail Steketee, Dean BU School of Social Work, co-author of Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things and Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding. Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, FREEING YOUR SPACE AND YOUR LIFE: THE EMOTIONAL PROCESS OF DECLUTTERING
Susan Trausch, former Boston Globe reporter, author of Groping Toward Whatever – or How I Learned to Retire (Sort Of). Spring 2012, CHANGE AS A CONSTANT: Adapting, Surviving, Thriving, MAINTAINING YOUR CENTER WITHIN CHAOS
Kim Westheimer, co-author of When the Drama Club Is Not Enough: Lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, How Do We Respond to a Culture of Bullying and Abuse When Societal and Personal Power is Misused
Ann Wilkinson, My Life My Choice Project of the Justice Resource Institute. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, DISPOSABLE WOMEN AND CHILDREN: WHY CAN'T WE CONTROL SEXUAL TRAFFICKING? WHO BENEFITS?
Richard Wrangham, prof Biological Anthropology, Harvard, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control,
Anne Yeomans, psychotherapist, one of the founders of The Women's Well. Fall 2009, Reassessing & Responding in Difficult Times, What Kind of Spiritual "Core" Do We Need to Remain Centered in this Time of Anxiety?
Mary Zepernick, Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. Spring 2010, The Illusion and Reality of Control, WHOSE COUNTRY IS IT?: WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO CORPORATE CONTROL?
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Advisory Committee Members' Private Sites

Liz Blumenthal
Coach Liz Blu.  Liz is trained to teach courses in Retirement, Exploring Life Options, and Creating Your Life. Currently she teaches four courses: You're on Your Own, So Own Your Life (from victim to victor), Tap into Your Life Potential, a discussion of Spirituality, and Leadership Energy.

Elizabeth Dodson Gray
See ElizabethDodsonGray.com for information on Liz and her books. Also see Aging Gracefully with Authenticity and Compassion: An article by Liz on the Lines of Beauty website.

Cheryl Suchors
Cheryl Suchors.  This is Cheryl's own multi-faceted blog.

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