National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is a prevalent, but often silent epidemic in our country. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 3 teen girls have been in a serious relationship where they've feared being physically hurt by their partner. 1 in 4 teens have been in a serious relationship where their partner has been emotionally controlling/abusive, including trying to isolate the teen from their family and friends. Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline have collaborated to create loveisrespect.org. This website and hotline offer great resources and information for teens and anyone with a teen in their life.
Y Run for Women and Girls
2013 will mark the first annual Y Run for Women and Girls in Springfield, MA. The Y Run is a 10k race that will raise awareness of the successes and strengths of the women and girls in our community, while acknowledging and joining together to overcome the many obstacles that still face many women and girls. This 10k run will take place in the Forest Park area of Springfield on Saturday, November 16 and is open to all runners. For more information and to register for the race, please visit www.yrunforwomen.org
National Day of Action
Zonta Club of Northampton Area Event
On Thursday, May 2, the Zonta Club of Northampton Area will be hosting "Girls' Night Out: Laugh and Learn" featuring humorist and author Gina Barreca. The event will be at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go towards YWCA of Western Massachusetts, The Prison Birth Project, The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts and MotherWoman. To register for the event, please visit the Zonta Club Facebook page for more information.
Women's History Month
In honor of Women's History Month, why not visit the Sophia Smith Collection website to view online archive exhibits and learn more about some of the inspirational women who came before us. Online exhibits include "Abundant Life to All: The YWCA of the USA" and "Agents of Social Change: New Resources on 20th-century Women's Activism"