From Laura Cherry, member of the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Center in Cambridge, MA:
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating the achievements of women worldwide, contemplating the condition of women now, and mapping a path to make the world a better place for the women of tomorrow. (For more information about International Women’s Day, see
http://www.internationalwomensday.com. It’s fascinating!)
In acknowledgement of this day and Women’s History Month, I’d like to remind you about the ongoing efforts of the Women’s Center. Founded in Cambridge, MA, in 1971 after a non-violent building takeover, the Center has its roots in political activism. It is an organization of women helping women, with occasional but welcome assistance from our male allies. The Center helps women heal from child sexual abuse, domestic violence and other forms of abuse and discrimination; obtain resources and support; and challenge oppression. Whether through our helpline, support groups, activist groups, referral resources, or workshops, we confront and address women’s oppression in all its forms.
Tonight, from 6:20 to 6:40 pm, the Women’s Center is holding a candlelight vigil to commemorate International Women’s Day and the progress women have made and need to make. In a silent gathering, we will focus our communal energy on advancing peace and fairness throughout the world. If you are not able to attend, we invite you to take a moment to do the same, wherever you are.
Like many other feminist organizations and other nonprofits, the Women’s Center is struggling to make ends meet. Indeed, there have been points over the last two years when we thought the Center would have to close its doors. In each case, the community has rallied to keep the Center going, and the community and the Board are determined to keep fighting for this venerable and invaluable organization. We are embarking on a long-range plan to ensure the Center’s survival, while asking you, women and supporters of women, to help us keep going in the meantime.
So many women, in the Boston area and from across Massachusetts, get help from the Center each week — mothers looking for a child-friendly place to spend time; battered women seeking emotional support or a shelter referral; homeless women; women of all income levels who need information, company, computer access, or just a quiet place to make a cup of tea. We cannot let this 35-year-old resource be lost.
In honor of all the women in your life, please consider a gift to the Women’s Center to help us keep helping the women who find their way to us. A generous gift will do more than you know. To give, you can send a check to The Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge MA 02139, or simply go to our donation page and click Donate Now.
In addition, for a gift of over $125, we are delighted to offer a beautiful, full-color matted art poster from activist Betsy Warrior’s original International Women Activist Series. Each of these seven prints is a tribute to an activist who has brought lasting changes to her community and the world — including Susan B. Anthony, Rigoberta Menchu, and Dr. Wangari Maathai, among others. To choose a poster, see
To learn more about the Women’s Center, our programs, and volunteer opportunities, check out http://www.cambridgewomenscenter.org. And if you have any questions at all about the Center, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, I hope you’ll pass the word along to anyone you know who cares about women, about the activism that has brought us so far, and about the work that’s left to do.
In solidarity and hope,
Women’s Center Board of Trustees