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Community Reading Circle and Book Discussion

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

4/27/21 - 6/1/21
Tuesdays- 5:30pm -7:00pm
Facilitated by Andrea M. Garr-Barnes, MSW, Equity and Inclusion Practitioner & Facilitator

50 Person Max Capacity

Register by April 22 at: http://bit.ly/communityreadingcircle

Binding these essays together is Hong’s theory of “minor feelings.” As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. With sly humor and a poet’s searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. This intimate and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and female friendship. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche—and of a writer’s search to both uncover and speak the truth.

For inquiries, email andreagarrbarnes@yahoo.com and put community reading circle & book discussion in the subject

This 6-week book series is a collaborative effort of the NAACP New Bedford Branch and YWCA Southeastern MA. Thank you to our sponsor, BayCoast Bank!

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From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis

2021 Stand Against Racism
From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
12:00 PM-1:00PM
Register Here: http://bit.ly/SARYW

The panel will discuss the myriad of racial justice issues that impact the health and safety of communities of color. During the panel we will explore how structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age. These factors affect people's access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.

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We Are the Prey: Racial Profiling and Policing of Youth in New Bedford

We Are the Prey: Racial Profiling and Policing of Youth in New Bedford
A Community Conversation

Wednesday, April 14th 5:30pm - 7:00 pm

The YWCA and our fellow co-sponsors hosted a community conversation where Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) launched the report, "We Are the Prey: Racial Profiling and Policing of Youth in New Bedford." Analyzing New Bedford Police Department data, the Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) report documents how the NBPD targets young people of color in lower-income neighborhoods in a white-majority city.

The Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) report contains recommendations from CfJJ and from New Bedford youth to reform policing in the city, including in the areas of racial profiling, gang database, and school policing.

Click here to view a recording of the CfJJ report presentation.

Click here to view CfJJ's report.

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Economic Empowerment Series: Teaching Gen Z and Millennials How to Control Money and Not Let It Control You!

Join YWCA Southeastern MA for a fantastic new (and free!) "Economic Empowerment Series: Teaching Gen Z and Millennials how to control one's money and not let it control you" with Brielle Bryant-Erales, Financial Coach.

Financial freedom isn't just about how much money you have. It's also about having the confidence to make your own decisions. No matter who you are we all need to take control of our own financial lives.

Workshops:

  • Tues. 3/30 @ 7:00pm Spending & Managing Money Wisely(Ages 21-35)
  • Tues. 4/27 @ 7:00pm Planning Today for Tomorrow (Ages 14-18)
  • Tues. 5/25 @ 7:00pm Money Mindset (Ages 21-35)
  • Tues. 6/29 @ 7:00pm Planning Today for Tomorrow (Ages 21-35)

Register Here: http://bit.ly/ecoempower

Thank you to the funders of the YWCA Economic Empowerment Series: Hawthorn Medical Associates Charitable Fund; Operation Money Wise; and United Way of Greater Fall River!

Questions? Contact Kayla Marshall at kmarshall@ywcasema.org / 508-999-3255

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IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast

Call for Artists!
Young artists are invited to submit original art projects inspired by Organizing New Bedford: Women Who Mobilized Change, a new digital exhibit featuring women from Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast.
Artwork should highlight the themes, accomplishments, or stories amplified through the stories of Organizing New Bedford: Women Who Mobilized Change.
Deadline for submission is March 31, 2021.
Click here to learn more!
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Until Justice Just Is Monthly Series: A Conversation About Feminism

Thursday, March 11th, 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm

In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, join YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts for this important panel discussion unpacking the racist roots of the American Feminist Movement, the urgency of intersectionality, and exploring the possibilities of a future where the voices and experiences of all women are included.

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Until Justice Just Is Monthly Workshop Series: Race and Racism in New England

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Notions of white racial superiority were (and are) not limited to Southern minds. Anti-Blackness, xenophobia, and racial violence were found in New England and across the US. Together, we will consider what remains to be corrected as a result of this racial legacy. Additional items addressed include entitlement programs, redlining, the Racial Imbalance Act, and housing segregation.

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YWCA Economic Empowerment Series: Practical Digital Skills and Digital Literacy during COVID-19

The Economic Empowerment Series operates on alternating Wednesdays at 6:00 pm on Zoom, beginning February 17th, 2021. Please click here to view a PDF of the entire series. Questions? Contact Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org / 508-999-3255

  • 2/17/21 6:00 PM COMMUNICATING IN A VIRTUAL WORKPLACE
    • Click here to watch a recording of this workshop!
  • 3/3/21 6:00 PM LANGUAGE AND TONE IN THE WORKPLACE
    • Click here to watch a recording of this workshop!
  • 3/17/21 6:00 PM NAVIGATING GOOGLE WORKSPACE
    • Click here to watch a recording of this workshop!
  • 3/31/21 6:00 PM THE JOB APPLICATION PROCESS.
    • Click here to watch a recording of this workshop!
  • 4/14/21 6:00 PM RESUME AND COVER LETTER WRITING. Register @ HTTP://BIT.LY/YWCAEE5
  • 4/28/21 6:00 PM VIRTUAL JOB INTERVIEW STRATEGIES. Register @ HTTP://BIT.LY/YWCAEE6
  • 5/12/21 6:00 PM SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE MODERN AGE. Register @ HTTP://BIT.LY/YWCAEE7

All workshops are facilitated by Josh Botvin, Lecturer in the English Department and Assistant Director of the Multiliteracy and Communication Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He teaches courses in Business and Professional Communication as well as College Level Reading and Writing.

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The YWCA's 18th Annual (Virtual) Red Dress Fashion Show

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:30 pm on Zoom
Tickets: $30

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts is hosting its 18th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Even though we cannot be together in person, we can still WEAR RED, celebrate women in our community, and raise awareness about women's heart health.

The YWCA HEARTplus Program focuses on outreach, education, raising awareness and increasing understanding of the risks of cardiovascular disease, particularly among women of color, older women and low-income women. This program also assists women with obtaining health screenings necessary for them to identify their own personal risk.

Click HERE to view this year's virtual Program Book!

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Understanding Cervical Cancer and HPV

Thursday. February 4th, 2021 at 6:30 pm, join us for a a Panel Discussion on HPV and Cancer, Including Information on Screenings and Prevention!

Come learn about HPV, or Human Papillomavirus - How common it is, how it is transmitted, how it is connected to cancer, and how to prevent HPV through vaccination.

Presented by:
Health Imperatives New Bedford Sexual & Reproductive Health Services
Team Maureen, a non-profit dedicated to ending cervical cancer
YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts

Missed the Virtual Panel? Not to worry! Click here to view a recording of the panel on YouTube.

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New Bedford LGBTQ Winter Film Series

The New Bedford LGBTQ Winter Film Series is going Digital for 2021! Fans are suggested to watch the films prior, which are available on most streaming services and platforms. There are several DVD copies of each film located at the New Bedford Free Public Library – all you need is a SAILs library card and a quick phone call!
A discussion of each film and their themes will be held online via Zoom on the days listed at 3 PM. The full series includes: 
  • Bessie on January 31, 2021
  • Love, Simon on February 14
  • Brother to Brother on February 28 
  • Tucked on March 14

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss out! To keep up to date for event listings, zoom links, and passcodes, follow us on Social Media at @NBLGBTQWinterFilmSeries or at www.sclgbtqnetwork.org, or email at nblgbtqfilmseries@gmail.com

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Community Reading Circle and Book Discussion

Tuesdays, February 16th, 2021 - March 23rd, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 pm
On Zoom

Join us for a community collaborative with the NAACP New Bedford Branch and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts. Let’s have honest dialogue in a brave space!
Register below for our next 6-week series: Patrice Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele's When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.  Space is limited and reserved for the first 50 individuals to register - no exceptions. The registration deadline is February 10th, 2021. Please contact Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org with any additional questions.

Click here to register today!

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Until Justice Just Is Community Conversation: Reflecting on the Siege at the US Capitol

Friday, January 15th, 2021 @ 11:00 am
On Zoom

Registration is now open for this Friday's monthly Community Conversation: Reflecting on the Siege at the US Capitol. At YWCA Southeastern MA, we recognize that all of us have a shared responsibility to confront white supremacy and hate in all its forms. As a country, we have allowed racism, sexism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and wealth inequality to fester for too long. We encourage everyone to continue to join us as we work tirelessly to building a more equitable future, demanding accountability and justice, and combatting injustices across economic, political, and daily life that pose as barriers for so many. We cannot wait any longer. Together, let’s continue to do the work, until justice just is.

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"The Impact of Structural Racism on Maternal Health" Virtual Health Summit

Thursday, January 14th, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
FREE virtual event, donations are welcome

The keynote speaker for the event will be Jai-me Rutledge-Potter, Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Brown University. Jai-Me is a mom, wife, student, and professional. She is currently a PhD candidate at Salve Regina University, researching the impact of racial trauma and storytelling on health disparities and achieving health equity. Jai-Me holds a faculty appointment at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

Besides Jai-Me, GNB Allies Chairperson and psychologist, Barbara A. Acksen, Ph.D., will moderate an informative panel which will include Gail Fortes (Executive Director, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts), Barbara Schmidt (Director of Organizational Culture and Engagement and Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Southcoast Health), Lucia Soraya DosSantos (Maternal Wellness Advocate & Innate Postpartum Provider, Maternal Nursing Collective), Valentina Martinez (Community Health Worker, YWCA) and two mothers from Southeastern Massachusetts.

Missed the virtual summit? Not to worry! Watch anytime here on YouTube!

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Until Justice Just Is: Understanding Allyship - From Ally to All In

Thursday, December 9th, 2020 @ 10:00 am
FREE virtual event, donations are welcome

Join YWCA Rhode Island and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
for a seminar exploring how we can move beyond performative allyship into meaningful solidarity, capable of transforming systems of oppression.

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." ― Lilla Watson

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YWCA 2020 Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
FREE virtual event, donations are welcome

The YWCA Annual Meeting features heartfelt stories of YWCA program participants, the annual business meeting, and election of Board members and officers.

  • Click here to view a recording of the 2020 Annual Meeting.
  • Click here to view the 2020 Annual Report.
  • Click here to view the YWCA's Year in Review video!
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Community Reading Circle and Book Discussion

Tuesdays, December 8th, 2020 - January 26th, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 pm
On Zoom

Join us for a community collaborative with the NAACP New Bedford Branch and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts. Let’s have honest dialogue in a brave space!
Register below for our next 6-week series: Marcus Samuelsson's The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook.
Space is limited and reserved for the first 50 individuals to register - no exceptions. The registration deadline is December 5th, 2020. Please contact Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org with any additional questions.
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2020 Women of Distinction Awards

Thursday, November 19th, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
FREE virtual event, donations are welcome

Join us for our 11th Annual Women of Distinction Awards which recognizes outstanding women in Southeastern Massachusetts whose lives and accomplishments reflect the YWCA’s Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Honorees are recognized for their exceptional commitment to improving the lives of women and girls through their leadership, advocacy, and community service, while achieving success in their career fields. Congratulations to this year's awardees!

Click here to view a recording of the event, and click here to view this year's program!

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YWCA Post-Election Panel

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 @ 10:00 AM
Register at http://bit.ly/YWpostelectionpanel20

We invite you to join us and our panelists as we review the state of affairs post election and outline priorities following the election. Panelists will provide information, resources, and updates on how to support our community during this year of tremendous and seismic changes. Together, we must continue to raise our voices to demand racial and gender equity for our community regardless of who holds power.

Panelists include Gail Fortes (YWCA Southeastern MA), Jennifer E. DeBarros, PhD (NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc.), Lisa M. Lemieux (1199 SEIU), Dr. LaSella Hall (NAACP New Bedford Branch), Andy Pollock (SouthCoast LGBTQ+ Network), Helena da Silva Hughes (Immigrants Assistance Center), and Dr. Juli Parker (UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality)

Missed our event? Not to worry! Click here to watch anytime on YouTube.

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Until Justice Just Is: Understanding Implicit Bias

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
On Zoom

What is Implicit Bias? How can someone's race, sex, age, and other characteristics influence the way we see and treat them even when we are genuinely trying to be unbiased? What concrete steps can we take to help prevent this from happening?

To help answer these questions, we invite you to join us on Thursday, October 22nd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for the second event of our monthly Until Justice Just Is Series, a workshop on Understanding Implicit Bias, facilitated by Executive Director Gail Fortes. Attendees will learn more about implicit bias and its impacts, and we will talk about what practical steps we can all take to try to reduce or eliminate it. We will acknowledge our unconscious bias and accept responsibility for it by increasing our understanding of how bias, racism, and privilege operate systematically and together.

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#EnduringChange Women's March

Saturday, October 17th, 2020
2:00 pm
1 Oneida Street, Buttonwood Park Warming House, New Bedford
Please join us on Saturday, October 17th at 2 PM at Buttonwood Park. We will come together to honor and continue Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fight for equal rights, using our collective voice and strength to help ensure #EnduringChange for our community. You are encouraged to wear black or white and we are all required to wear masks and maintain social distance.  This is a non-partisan event and all are welcome. 

If you'd like, you can RSVP for the event here: http://tinyurl.com/EnduringChangeSC.  Though no RSVP is necessary, this will add you to the mailing list and you'll be kept up-to-date on the event.

Be sure to use the hashtag #EnduringChange to share your photos and videos next Saturday!  Let's keep this important conversation going!

For more information, please contact ec.southcoast@gmail.com

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"What Is Whiteness? Exploring White Racial Identity," a seminar and reflective workshop

Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
6:30 - 8:00 pm
On Zoom
In conversations about race and racism in the US, too often “whiteness” is a racial category that goes unexamined. Many white folks have no concept of how, why, and when they became “white,” nor do they have any understanding of the history of US law and policy written along racial lines, to the benefit of “white” people, at the expense of “non-white” people.
This workshop--in two parts--explores that history and its impact on our present reality, wherein we see deep disparities in wellness along racial lines, with “white” folks consistently enjoying better outcomes than their “non-white” peers. Why is this?
The first 90 minutes of this workshop will be a crash course in the origin of whiteness in the US. An in-depth look at the conditions under which our modern racial classifications were created will help participants orient themselves in history, and better understand how race-based policy-making in the United States gave rise to a society that continues to suffer from deep structural inequities along racial lines.
The second 90 minutes of this workshop will be done in smaller cohorts in which participants will be asked to reflect on their own white racial identity: how they became aware of it, what role it plays in their experiences, how it informs their relationship to topics of race and racism, and what can be done to “wield” whiteness in a way that benefits the cause of anti-racism and racial justice in the US.
Click here to read more about our guest trained-facilitator, Aimee Davidson, of YWCA Rhode Island!
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Community Reading Circle and Book Discussion

Tuesdays, October 6th, 2020 - November 10th, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm
On Zoom

Join us for a community collaborative with the NAACP New Bedford Branch and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts. Let’s have honest dialogue in a brave space!
Register below for our next 6-week series: Stacey Abrams' Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America.
Space is limited and reserved for the first 150 individuals to register - no exceptions. Please contact Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org with any additional questions.
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Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 pm
On Zoom

Join us for "Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality in New Bedford and Beyond," an online panel discussion showcasing the rich legacy of civic engagement of women, especially women of color and young adults. Headlined by Dr. Premilla Nadasan, Professor of History at Barnard College and OAH Distinguished Lecturer, and featuring local civically engaged female panelists, this discussion will highlight the ways that women of color have historically organized to address inequity for women, and how they continue to address issues of class, race, and other oppressions. Be inspired to exercise your rights to be an informed and engaged community member, citizen, and voter. This event is free but registration is required. 
"Women of Color #LightingTheWayToEquality in New Bedford and Beyond" is presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts. Support comes from “The Vote: A Statewide Conversation on Voting Rights,” which is a special initiative of Mass Humanities that includes organizations around the state and is made possible by Mass Cultural Council.
Please email Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org or call (508) 999-3255 for more information.
Missed our event? Not to worry! Click here to watch anytime on YouTube.
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Regional Town Hall on Early Education and Care

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
6:30 – 8:00 pm
On Zoom

Child care providers, educators, and parents from Southeastern Massachusetts will share their personal stories about the struggles of providing and accessing child care during the COVID-19 crisis during a virtual town hall on Thursday, September 3rd, at 6:30pm. During the event, hosted by the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the Common Start Coalition, local parents, educators, and child care providers will discuss the need for high-quality early education and child care to be affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts families.

Please contact Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org with any additional questions.

Missed our event? Not to worry! Click here to watch anytime.

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We Need To Talk About: White Feminism

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 pm
On Zoom

Hosted by YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts and YWCA Cambridge, this virtual workshop is focused on unpacking white feminism and discussing strategies for dismantling it. Readings, videos, and podcast episodes will be shared one week before the workshop. Registration closes at midnight on 8/11/20. This workshop will NOT be recorded and distributed.

Please email Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org or call (508) 999-3255 for more information.

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What Is Whiteness? Exploring White Racial Identity

In conversations about race and racism in the US, too often “whiteness” is a racial category that goes unexamined. Many white folks have no concept of how, why, and when they became “white,” nor do they have any understanding of the history of US law and policy written along racial lines, to the benefit of “white” people, at the expense of “non-white” people. This workshop--in two parts--will explore that history and its impact on our present reality, wherein we see deep disparities in wellness along racial lines, with “white” folks consistently enjoying better outcomes than their “non-white” peers.
Click here to read more about our guest trained-facilitator, Aimee Davidson, of YWCA Rhode Island! For additional questions, contact Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org
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Stand Against Racism 2020 - Suppressed: The Fight To Vote

Saturday April 25, 2020
7:00 - 8:00 pm
On Zoom

Join YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Alliance of YWCAs on Saturday April 25th for an engaging discussion of the documentary Suppressed: The Right to Vote and ways we can all work to remove barriers to voting and enfranchise individuals, families, and communities. We are #OnAMission to eliminate racism because everyone deserves equity and justice.
Join us this year to take a #StandAgainstRacism

Please email Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org or call (508) 999-3255 for more information.

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Period Poverty Consciousness Raising

Wednesday March 4, 2020
UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender, & Sexuality
10:30 – 12:00 pm

Together YWCA and MassNOW are raising awareness about the I AM Bill, An Act to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters, and Public Schools. All are invited to join and learn more about this Bill!

Please email Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org or call (508) 999-3255 for more information, or to schedule your own consciousness raising!

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2020 International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 5, 2020
YWCA Standish House
20 South Sixth Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Come celebrate International Women’s Day with us! Bring your friends for a casual night of networking in New Bedford. A cash bar and refreshments will be available. Please consider bringing a donation of menstrual hygiene products if you’re able!

Please RSVP to Jordan Latham at jlatham@ywcasema.org

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IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast

Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:00 – 8:00 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Free!

ART IGNITES HISTORY! See and experience powerful art created by young artists and inspired by remarkable women from history. Many of these original artworks – whether exhibited, written, or performed – highlight the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, honor the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or highlight civically engaged women featured in the New Bedford Whaling Museum project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. All pieces included in the IGNITE Showcase are eligible for a cash award based on their relevance, creativity, and originality.