Celebrating Women’s History Month: Deborah Tucker

By Brittany Soto

Deborah D. Tucker is best known for her efforts in taking steps to end violence against women. Her determination to advocate against violence began when she volunteered at the first rape crisis center in Texas in 1974. Since then, she has helped to create shelters, battered intervention programs and other services that aid women who are victims of domestic abuse. She went on to promote laws and policies in order to improve how law enforcement responds to these cases and became one of the co-founders of The National Center of Domestic and Sexual Violence. She has dedicated her life to advocating and speaking out against gender based violence and went on to receive many awards for her leadership and contribution to this issue. Among these awards, were the Domestic Violence Peace Prize, Standing in The Light of Justice, The Sunshine Lady Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, and her very own Deborah D. Tucker Staff Achievement Award.

Domestic violence is a serious issue that many women face and it’s people like Deborah D. Tucker who ensure this issue is never swept under the rug or forgotten about, It’s people like Deborah who act as a voice for the many women who are victims of domestic violence, and it’s people like Deborah who inspire me to want to help others and make a positive impact in the lives of others such as she has. In honor of Women’s History Month, I am proud to give a shout out to this amazingly compassionate woman.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Medea Benjamin

By: Christina Terrell

Medea Benjamin is an American activist who has advocated for human rights for over twenty
years. Benjamin has traveled to many different countries learning and advocating, writing eight books that are about her experiences abroad along the way. In 2002 Benjamin’s activism took a change of color and tone when she became the co-founder of the women’s organization CODEPINK. A woman led organization that is “working to end
U.S. wars and militarism, but supports human rights and initiatives, so that we can redirect our
tax dollars into healthcare, education, green-jobs and other life affirming programs.” Benjamin
and other prominent CODEPINK founder’s make it their duty to partner with lots of local
organizations who are sure of imposing joy and humor with tactics such as street theatre, creative
visuals, civil resistance and always challenging powerful decision makers in the government and
major corporations. While doing all this, Medea and her Code Pink crew never forget to support
their cause by wearing the lovely color pink!

In the years that Medea Benjamin has been active as an American activist she has had many successes. For example, in 2006, Code Pink put out their first book as an organization that was titled “Stop the next war Now; Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism”, which was a book that contained a collection essays contributed from very prominent woman involved with activism. Benjamin was then nominated alongside other influential women for the “1000 Women for The Nobel Peace Prize”, which was a collective nomination for women representing women who work for peace and human rights everywhere. Then again, in 2012, Medea Benjamin was awarded the US Peace Memorial Foundation’s Peace Prize to recognize her creative leadership on the front lines of the anti-war movement. Medea Benjamin has been advocating for twenty plus years and she does not seem to be slowing
down anytime soon!

#Roos4WHM Week 2 Grand Prize Winner!

Image-1.pngBy Logan Snook

Congrats, Armando Contreras, for winning week 2 of Women’s History Month trivia contest! Armando is completing his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the UMKC Conservatory. When he’s not singing opera, you can find Armando on the basketball court.

Armando won a Skyscraper Party from Winstead’s, an awesome Starbuck’s tumbler, and some Women’s Center swag. He’s planning on taking his fellow opera singers to Winstead’s for their giant milkshakes after their opera next week.

Thanks for answering all 5 questions during week 2!

Celebrating Women’s History Month

By Dr. Heather Noble

Image c/o UMKC Counseling Center March is Women’s History Month.  I chose to write about this topic for the blog, because quite honestly, I was initially clueless on what I might discuss.  Sure, I’m a woman, and absolutely, I appreciate the many contributions women have made throughout our history.  Nevertheless, I felt at a loss for what may feel most meaningful to reflect upon.  I turned to the internet for inspiration.  Quickly, I found multiple sources of information.  I learned about the origins of Women’s History Month.  This year is noteworthy, as it marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8th.  This day influenced the creation of Women’s History Week which evolved into the full month.  Many people view this as an opportunity to reflect upon women’s achievements.  Additionally, the sharing of women’s stories provides role models.

As I further browsed the internet, I was struck by a suggestion on how Women’s History Month may be honored by reflecting upon a woman who has greatly influenced your life.  Immediately, I knew the woman who I greatly admired as a child and as an adult:  my paternal Grandmother.  Though she passed away nearly ten years ago, my Grandmother’s spirit lives strongly within me. 

From an early age, I was captivated by her.  I felt this woman could do just about anything.  She baked her own bread; she squeezed her own lemonade.  On the farm, she was comfortable in her jeans as she tended to livestock and rode the tractor to tend the fields.  For a night out, she prepared by wearing her hair in rollers.  The outfit was then completed with stockings and small heels.  She liked to play basketball, and could she ever be competitive.  Grandma knew her way around the court with the ball, and there was no leniency just because you were family.  She knitted her own doilies.  She enjoyed crafts; I treasure her paintings of nature scenes and the soft blankets she crocheted.  She told me it was important to know math; she balanced the checkbooks.  She also told me it’s important to love the people in your life.  She treasured her friends, and family consistently came first.  I adored her, not only because she was my Grandmother–but also because she was such a multi-faceted woman who was passionate about living.  I admired the strength of her character and the softness with which she loved me.  I miss her terribly, but her influence remains with me.

My Grandmother is a woman who greatly inspired me.  My personal experience of Women’s History Month is not complete without reflecting upon her, among other women in my life who I have been fortunate to know and consider my role models.  As you honor Women’s History Month, I invite you to consider the women who have helped shape the person you are today.  Let’s celebrate these women for their many contributions!

x-posted from UMKC Counseling Center