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Apr 18, 2017
SAAM: Creating Space for Self
PSU Women's Resource Center

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month you're invited to Portland State University's Women's Resource Center to create a space for survivors & allies to sit in community, engage in artwork, chat, and practice self care.

We will be creating discussion around all the various ways people practice self-care with the mentality that there is no wrong or right way to do self-care

For accessibility requests please email

Apr 27, 2017
Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber screening
PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway

As part of the Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival, join us for a screening of Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber.

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day was this past Sunday, April 23rd. Before the film starts, Rabbi Ariel Stone will lead us as we will take a moment to remember all of those lost during the Holocaust and join together to pledge to work towards "Never Again!" We are honored to have April Slabosheski, Holocaust Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Julia Reihs, local photographer, videographer, writer and storyteller with us for an engaging talk-back after the film. Attendees will also have a chance to share a reflection for a Together We Remember (TWR) project. TWR is a global month of remembrance and activism for all victims of genocide and mass atrocities.

At age 24, Ruth Gruber became a New York Herald Tribune reporter and photographer and the same year was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic. A trusted member of the Roosevelt Administration during WWII, she was given a dangerous secret mission. A feminist before feminism, Ruth was never just an observer, she was a participant in the making of history. Run time: 1 hour 13 min

Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296-8

Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival is a collaboration of The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at Portland State University and the Never Again Coalition.

Questions? Contact Amanda Byron at or Lauren Fortgang at

Apr 29, 2017
PNCA Library Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
PNCA - Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway

Join us for the second of two Art & Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons this Spring in Portland! These events require no previous experience and are open to people of all gender identities. Just bring a laptop and charging cable and we'll provide everything else! Snacks and experienced, dependable childcare provided! Please RSVP via the EventBrite link...this is not mandatory, but helpful to the organizers, especially if you need childcare.

About the event:

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the uneven gender participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. We all know that this bias is not just about gender. Women of color are often the least represented voices in history. Let’s change that! This event is about amplifying voice. Attendees are encouraged to edit any entry of interest related to arts, feminism, gender studies, activism and LGBTQ issues. All are welcome who care about the representation of all genders in Wikipedia’s content and among its contributors. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and laptops. Bring your own laptop if you have one and any ideas for entries that need updating or creation. We will have a couple extra computers available. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support, learn more about this project, and eat snacks.

Jun 29, 2017
Community Forum with Catholics for Choice
PSU Women's Resource Center

Join us for a community forum with Catholics for Choice, ACLU of Oregon, Center for Women's Health, and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

We're excited to hear from experts in the field and start a community conversation with you about these important topics. • Debunk myths about abortion & the Catholic faith • Hear updates on the 2017 Reproductive Health Equity Act (HB 3391) in Oregon • Start a dialogue about how Catholic health insurance & hospitals may impact the reproductive care you receive

All are welcome to join!
Women's Resource Center at Portland State University.

Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health - Advancing reproductive rights and advocating for health equity

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon - We are committed to protecting reproductive people's right to choose in Oregon! Email to volunteer!

Jul 16, 2017
Portland DSA Feminist Branch Meeting
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Join the feminist branch of Portland DSA! We'll be celebrating the victory of the reproductive health equity act and discussing next steps.

Portland Democratic Socialists of America is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the US. We organize together for economic and social justice in Portland and nation-wide.

Aug 13, 2017
Greater Portland NOW - Meeting and Elections
North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth

Please join the Greater Portland NOW Chapter for the GP NOW Annual Meeting and Elections

Meeting Objectives/Output

  1. Have fun! Welcome NEW members!
  2. Decide on Board Proposal Suspending 6 month requirement to run for office for 2017
  3. Elect officers

When: Sunday, August 13 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Where: North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR, Large Conference Room

More details are available at

National Organization for Women - Oregon Chapter - We are Oregon women fighting for our rights. Join us!

Greater Portland NOW is a chapter of Oregon National Organization for Women and The National Organization for Women, serving the Greater Portland area.

Sep 9, 2017
Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Readers at Another Read Through
Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi

A celebration of female literary role models!

Another Read Through will be host to a bunch of strong women—many of them fictional. The event, Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Readers, encourages girls and women to choose strong female role models, especially in their books.

Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Readers will include book-related fun for all ages, including:

  • A literary scavenger hunt
  • On-the-spot portraits with favorite books
  • Art projects
  • Photo opportunities in the literary tree
  • Readings and interviews with local authors Cindy Brown (The Ivy Meadows Mysteries), Kate Ristau (Clockbreakers), Suzy Vitello (The Empress Chronicles), Sally Stember (Cate Darringer)
  • And of course, lots of recommendations for books that feature strong female protagonists.
Sep 12, 2017
We Were Witches Portland Launch
Powell's City of Books

Join author Ariel Gore for a reading and Q&A for her new novel, WE WERE WITCHES!

Cashing into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, a teen mom takes a chance on bettering herself, gets on welfare rolls, and talks her way into college. But once she’s there, the phallocratic story of “overcoming” permeates every subject. Creative writing professors depend heavily on Freytag’s pyramid to analyze life. So Ariel turns to a rich subcultural canon of resistance and failure, populated by writers like Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tillie Olsen, and Kathy Acker.

Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, We Were Witches documents the survival of a demonized single mother. She’s beset by custody disputes, homophobia, and America’s ever-present obsession with shaming odd women into passive citizenship. But even as the narrator struggles to graduate—often the triumphant climax of a dramatic narrative—the question lingers uncomfortably. If you’re dealing with precarious parenthood, queer identity, and debt: What is the true narrative shape of your experience?

"Gore's magic-infused narrative. . . .is a moving account of a young writer and mother striving to claim her own agency and find her voice." —Publishers Weekly

"This book mimics the messy, discursive texture of memory—of life. . . . Inventive and affecting." —Kirkus Reviews

Ariel Gore is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. She is a graduate of Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood.

Her memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won a LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010. She has taught at The Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Oct 19, 2017
Socialist Feminism 101
Lewis & Clark College

Socialist Feminism: What is it and how do we fight for it? Come discuss these questions and more with Olivia Katbi Smith and Matea Ivanovic from the Feminist Branch of Portland Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). We'll hear about the work of Portland DSA on socialist feminist issues and discuss how we can engage in these fights ourselves.

Pizza will be provided!

This event is being put on by the Lewis & Clark Young Democratic Socialists of America (LC YDSA).

Oct 28, 2017
Feminism and Spirituality (Baha'i Center of Lake Oswego)
Baha'i Center of Lake Oswego

"The world of humanity has two wings—one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak—flight is impossible."

The majority of our laws recognize the equality of men and women. Only -- fact, statistics and experience in the United States clearly contradicts this notion. The pay gap hasn’t closed, men outnumber women dramatically in media, government, and business, and many people encounter the effects of inequality in our homes and personal lives on a daily basis. What’s the missing link? Have we truly connected to the issue of gender equality? Is it a mere code of laws to fulfill, or rather a genuine human truth? The Baha'i Faith identifies gender equality as a prerequisite to world peace. Addressing it is a necessity for the advancement of all of humanity. It demands the participation of men and women.

Together, using words from the Baha'i Writings as well as from contemporary thought, we will explore the spiritual solutions to transforming how our society views, empowers, and engages with women's rights. We will explore this question: What are the practical implications of spiritual equality for advancing women’s rights?

Come join us!

***This event is free and open to all regardless of background and belief.

Dec 14, 2017
YW ACT Meeting: Healthcare & Measure 101
YWCA of Greater Portland, 4610 SE Belmont

Join YW ACT for our December meeting! YW ACT is a community driven, advocacy focused leadership program designed to give community members the skills and opportunity to lead, organize and plan advocacy efforts of the YWCA of Greater Portland.

Measure 101 protects healthcare coverage for one in four Oregonians, including 400,000 kids. A representative from the Yes for Healthcare campaign will be presenting on the importance of Measure 101 and leading us in a direct action during the meeting.

Jan 11
YW ACT Meeting: Criminal Justice Reform and ACLU Presentation
YWCA of Greater Portland, 4610 SE Belmont

Join YW ACT for our January meeting! YW ACT is a community-driven leadership program, designed to give members the skills and opportunity to lead, organize and plan advocacy efforts on behalf of the YWCA.

This month we will be joined by Daniel Lekow from the ACLU. Daniel is the Campaign Manager for They Report to You: A Campaign for District Attorney Accountability and will be presenting on the campaign and how you can get involved.

Contact with questions!

Feb 17
Portland DSA Feminist Branch Meeting
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Join the feminist branch of Portland DSA! All are welcome. The full agenda will be posted soon; we will be discussing organizing efforts for the International Women's Strike. Food and drink welcome!

Please bring a few dollars for use of the space if you are able to donate.

Apr 26
Film Screening: Destroying Domination - Revolutionary Feminism in an Age of Misogynist Reaction
Social Justice Action Center

Join us for a screening and discussion of sub.Media's Trouble episode #11 exploring revolutionary feminism around the world.

Destroying Domination: Revolutionary Feminism in an Age of Misogynist Reaction exposes patriarchy as an enduring system of social, economic and political control, and shares stories from frontline struggles being waged by women around the world – from indigenous communities fighting against the colonial dispossession of their lands, to the challenges faced by migrants forced from their homes by economic inequality, climate change, and war.

FREE, all-ages, and snacks provided!

Social Justice Action Center is located at 400 SE 12th Avenue and is wheelchair accessible.

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