Women’s Health Action Team Presents: Be Productive, Think Reproductive!
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Philadelphia, PA – April 18, 2012 -- The Women’s Health Action Team (W.H.A.T.) is hosting a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania at Fergie’s Pub located at 1214 Sansom Street. This event, scheduled for Thursday, April 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., features live music, comedy and raffles to raise awareness for reproductive health issues and to support the local Planned Parenthood.
Gretchen Schmoyer, Co-Founder of W.H.A.T., believes that it is important for the Philadelphia community to support Planned Parenthood because the organization provides necessary and affordable family planning and health services to people who do not have access. Schmoyer says, “Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends are able to receive reproductive health services, choices and options to allow them to control their own bodies without having to sacrifice their health.” She goes on to say, “1 in 5 women today use Planned Parenthood for health care, and without their services, they would have nowhere to turn.”
The featured entertainment for this event is provided by singer/songwriter Michael Stoltzfus and comedian Juliet Wayne. Stoltzfus says, “I wanted to perform because I wanted to be a part of the cause, and because I’ll get to use my talent to help contribute.” W.H.A.T. hopes that this event will help garner support for Planned Parenthood in the midst of ongoing political battles over the organization. Schmoyer says, “We would like to build a relationship and lasting impression on those who come to the fundraiser to always keep Planned Parenthood in a positive light as well as a non-profit that saves lives and keeps the women of this country healthy.”
The Women’s Health Action Team is a group founded and operated by Temple University students. The group’s overall mission is to elevate perspectives on women’s health issues above the political rhetoric in order to find real solutions for real women. The purpose of this event is to support for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania while spreading awareness for reproductive health issues. To learn more about W.H.A.T., visit their website http://whatphiladelphia.weebly.com and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WHATPhiladelphia.
Public Communications Coordinator, W.H.A.T.
There's a lot that went on in the past on March 3rd. Here are a couple we'd like to share:
Susanna Salter was the first women to ever be elected into a government office! Salter was the direct descendants of Quaker colonists, but decided to give up the life style and pursue an education. She attended Kansas State Agricultural College, but only for 6 weeks, before she had to drop out due to illness.
Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas on April 4, 1887. She served only one, uneventful term, but generated worldwide attention for even gaining the mayorship. She lived out the rest of her years in the west with her family and passed away 2 weeks after her 101st birthday.
Happy first day of Women's History Month, everyone! Women's History Month (WHM) is a whole month dedicated to celebrating the achievements women have made in society and internationally. WHM is not just celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom also observes WHM in March, and India celebrates in October. WHM first started out as a day, International Women's Day on March 8th (which we still celebrate), and was then expanded to a week-long dedication. In the 80's WHM was introduced in Congress and that brings us to where we are today.
Here are some things that have happened in the past on March 1st: (Nat'l Women's History Project)
Thanks for coming to check out the site, even while it is still under construction. We have a lot of stuff on the horizon that we're working on and that we want to make available soon!
To kick off Women's History Month, I wanted to share the First Presidential Proclamation by President Carter in 1980. Enjoy!
"From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.
As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, "Women's History is Women's Right." - It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, c ourage, and long-range vision."
I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women's History Week, March 2-8, 1980.
I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality - - Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.
Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.
This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that "Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."