Women's Literary Salons, 1975-1985. New York, Cerridwen, Paris, Los Angeles



MARCH 1985 International Women's Day. Rene Cote spoke on the socialist origins of the day and Dr. Gloria Orenstein described the Salon tradition. Testimonies given by local activists in abortion rights, "ribbon project," civil disobediance, and Central America issues.

APRIL 1985 "Culture in the New Nicaragua". Slide lecture by Carol Wells focusing on the art of Central America.

MAY 1985 "Sharing the Chicana experience." Poetry, video, theatre, flamenco dancing, and politics covered by a variety of chicana women.

JUNE 1985 "Spirtuality." Led by Joan Sutherland with testimony, art slides, ritual, and networking. Particiants included women from Metis Sweet Medicine Sun Dance Religion, Sikh Dharma, New Church of the Followers of the Great Mother, Feminist Liberation Theology, and Sisters of Sarah.

AUGUST 1985 "Look to the Women for Courage." Slide on the Seneca Peace Encampment to motivate feminist-peace activists. Discussion facilitated by Margaret Arnold of the Women's Coalition to End U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Caribbean, and Toni Cooke of ProPeace.

SEPTEMBER 1985 "The United Nations Decade for Women and the Nairobi Forum," Personal experiences of Gloria Orenstin in Nairobi, Consciousness Raising music by Pauline Moore and Emily Doty as well.

October 1985 "Women Artists from the Past." Slide show by Carole Ewing McCartney to recreate the performance by the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art in 1981. Both historical and artistic.

November 1985 Marilyn Barrett discusses creativity and empowerment.

December 1985 Martha Walford explores the ancient matriarchy and Goddess worship through an archeaological, historical, and artistic slide show.

January 1985 Candace Falk explores the private and personal life of Emma Goldman based on Falk's recently published book.

February 1985 Samella Lewis, curator of the Museum of African American Art, talks about the role of Black women artists in the transmission of culture.

May 1985 Oral Historian Sherna Gluck discusses methodological problems of feminist analysis of our relationships with our mothers. She offers hands-on tips for recording our own mother-daughter relationships.

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