Month: February 2014

Women’s History Month Events

By Shanna Lisberg

March is Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. It has been observed annually by the United States throughout the month of March since 1987. Here are some ways you can celebrate Women’s History Month locally. Add your own ideas and events in comments!

“The First 100 Years” by Women’s University Club of Seattle

The Seattle Public Library – Magnolia Branch
2801 34th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 386.4225
March 1, 2014 1-2 p.m.

The Women’s University Club of Seattle will be discussing their new book, “The First 100 Years: Women’s University Club of Seattle, 1914-2014.” Learn about a century of colorful Club members, significant events in Seattle and the world, and the historical figures who dropped by the Club for a visit.

We-Can-Do-It-Fly it Forward Challenge 2014 – Airplane Rides for Girls

Boeing Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764.5720
March 8-9, 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fly it Forward provides introductory, 20-minute airplane rides to girls and women to promote interest in aviation and space professions. Rides are limited to those who have never flown, or who have only flown in airliners. Flights will originate at the Museum tarmac; registration is through the Women of Aviation World Wide Week Website – Fly It Forward Challenge 2014. All flights are weather-dependent.

2014 Women’s History Month Luncheon

Clark County Historical Society and Museum
1511 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 993.5679
March 17, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Guest speaker Barbara Creager, designer at Babette’s Hatworks, LLC, will discuss all things hats: how to purchase a hat that compliments you, how to purchase the correct size, how to wear it properly, how to use hat pins, how to store your hat, and so on. All attendees are encouraged to wear their own hats to the luncheon. Barbara will also bring some of her hats for sale. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for current CCHS members.

Seattle Apartment Buildings 1900-1939 and Women Who Bought, Sold, and Constructed Them

The Woman’s Century Club
807 East Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 322.9565
March 24, 2014 at Noon to 1:30 p.m. – parlor of the clubhouse

Author Diana James says that when researching her book “Shared Walls,” “it was a big surprise to discover that a large number of Seattle women were involved with the buying and selling and building of apartment buildings in the early half of the twentieth century.” Diana will share her discoveries about five of these remarkable women, including Corinne Simpson Wilson, Seattle’s best-known woman realtor and builder of the Wilsonian Apartments. Light refreshments will be available; suggested donation $5.

Comparable Worth in Washington
State Capital Museum
211 21st Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98501
Monday, March 31 at 12 p.m.

Presented by the Washington State Historical Society, in honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Karen Fraser, Earlyse Swift, and former Representative and Public Lands Commissioner Jennifer Belcher will discuss the landmark Comparable Worth implementation in Washington. Suggested donation $2.

No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII

A film by Michele Midori Fillion
Begins airing March 14, 2014 on PBS World 

Before World War II, women were delegated to covering stories about home and family life. But when American female reporters fought and won access to cover the war they faced additional challenges, ranging from an outright ban at army press briefings to a lack of facilities in the field. Instead, these women changed the nature of war reportage, focusing not just on the war itself, but on the suffering of civilians. “No Job For a Woman” tells this story through the lives and work of wire service reporter Ruth Cowan, magazine reporter Martha Gellhorn, and war photographer Dickey Chapelle.

National Women’s History Project (NWHP)

The National Women’s History Project is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to promoting gender equality through public recognition of women’s diverse lives and accomplishments. This year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.


The Leadership Challenge

by Rebecca Wilson, JLS President

When given a choice of something to read personally or professionally, I always gravitate to books on organizational and leadership development. My educational background is in organizational leadership and change so I really enjoy learning about different models of maximizing the potential of leaders and of organizations.

One of my favorite books is The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. I originally read this book as a participant in the Leadership Tomorrow program, but since then I have encouraged all groups I have been a part of to read it. I have worn out 2 copies of the book! The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model is a great quick reference. I see the five practices evident in the Junior League of Seattle every day! How are you demonstrating the practices in your role?

Model the Way

How are you a role model? Know that you as a Junior League of Seattle member are a role model to many in all placements! JLS members are constantly modeling the way for not only fellow members, but also our partners. It is so important to set that example and be present at events, programs, service shifts. Sometimes, just showing up makes a huge difference and shows you care!

Inspire a Shared Vision

What is your vision? Have you shared it with others? I have been in awe this year of the strategy that our committees have implemented, focusing on the end results of projects, programs and events and taking a backwards design approach, rather than growing from the bottom up. It is that approach that gets people on board with that team’s vision.

Challenge the Process

Always ask the question of “why?” This is one aspect I love about the Junior League of Seattle- our members challenge the process. While there are many instances of “that is the way we have always done it”, our members recognize when there is something that could be more efficient.

Enable Others to Act

We are a training organization! How are you helping someone build skills in an area? The next time you have many tasks on your plate, think of other members of your team and see if any of the tasks would grow a team member’s experience.

Encourage the Heart

This is a strength of the Junior League of Seattle. While the power of a thank you note is immense, think about how you are celebrating successes as a group. We are a volunteer organization! While we do accomplish a lot, an accomplishment is even more rewarding when there is proper celebration!


January Happenings in the Junior League

by Shanna Lisberg

There are 293 chapters of the Junior League throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States whose mission is to promote volunteerism and develop the potential of women. We all know how the Junior League of Seattle promotes the mission statement, but what about the rest of the League? Here’s what some of those other chapters have been up to in the past month:

  • At the January 14 Lodi Unified School District board meeting, the Junior League of San Joaquin County donated funds to purchase iPads and accessories for a first and third grade class. The Junior League partnered with the Crete Family Foundation, which issued a matching grant, to make this possible.
  • The Junior League of Columbia kicked off its 90th anniversary year by announcing the recipients of its first-ever Community Enrichment Grant program. The JLC awarded $160,000 in onetime enrichment grants to local nonprofits supporting the JLC mission, vision or current focus area of healthy children.
  • The Junior League of Sarasota hosted a night of painting, wine, and fun with their charity event Painting with a Purpose. The event consisted of a two hour painting session, where participants were able to complete a painting to take home.
  • The Huntington Junior League kicked off a month-long food drive in January to benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank. The Junior League and the Huntington Area Food Bank are working together to collect cans of soup to be distributed to Tri-State Area food pantries and soup kitchens.
  • The Junior League of Central Westchester held a Family Game Night to help benefit Heartsong, Inc. in White Plains. Heartsong is a creative arts therapy facility for those with special needs. Families that attended the game night were asked to bring toys, books, and games to be donated to Heartsong.
  • The Junior League of Pueblo hosted a Kids Health Challenge Fit4Fun event at the Pueblo Mall for kids and teens. There were plenty of activities for kids to engage in, including Minute-to-Win-It games, hula hoop and jump rope contests, zumba, and yoga.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Many Junior League chapters focused on raising awareness by taking part in a variety of human trafficking awareness events to combat modern day slavery.

  • Junior League members throughout the state of New Jersey worked with the Junior Leagues of New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee to raise awareness and fight human trafficking in preparation of the Super Bowl.
  • The Junior League of Portland presented a documentary made by the JLP titled Waiting for the Light: Portland’s Sex Trafficking Crisis to a packed theater. The documentary focuses on child sex trafficking in Portland and attendees heard from a distinguished panel of speakers that sought to raise new awareness of the issue and provide tools and ideas about how citizens can help fight sex trafficking.
  • The Junior League of Daytona Beach hosted a public seminar at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University that included guest speakers from The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Orlando Police Department.
  • The Junior League of Birmingham held a Community Round Table Luncheon to discuss the issue of human trafficking in Alabama. Several panelists were present including four representatives from the FBI, the Alabama Fusion Center, the WellHouse and the Alabama State Legislature.
  • The Junior League of Portland is currently holding their Second Annual Delicates Drive to collect new undergarments for survivors of human trafficking. Last year, the Delicates Drive collected approximately 1417 bras and underwear and $1,189 worth of gift cards.

Volunteering at Mary’s Place

By Olivia Burley

A few weeks ago I participated in a domestic violence discussion group service shift at Mary’s Place in downtown Seattle. I was humbled and deeply affected by the experience.

Mary’s Place is a day shelter for homeless women and their children that provides basic human services resources (food, clothing, and showers) as well as support services for legal and financial aid, medical care, and employment referrals. It’s the only homeless shelter in King County that welcomes women with their children.

The domestic violence discussion group was created by Junior League member Jenn Miller who was impacted by her first volunteer experience at Mary’s Place and wanted to find a way to significantly help the group of women the organization serves.

Marty Hartman, executive director at Mary’s Place, shared that being there for the women at Mary’s Place and allowing them to feel heard can make a real difference. Jenn’s requirement for Junior League members who participate in the discussion group: “Please do not sign up if you’re not willing to talk and engage in a candid conversation about domestic violence.”

A requirement that I intended to fulfill, but which I failed miserably.

I was overwhelmed as we sat in a circle of nearly 15 women. It was impossible for me to do more than nod in agreement, smile encouragingly, lean in to give my undivided attention, and touch the arm of the woman next to me when she became choked up with emotion.

I didn’t have words.

The obstacles these women are facing are heartbreaking. The strength, resiliency and camaraderie they demonstrated were inspiring. I am grateful for Mary’s Place for providing essential services and a community for these amazing women.

And, I’m grateful for the Junior League of Seattle for the opportunity to connect with Mary’s Place and meet the women there – women who are truly examples of courage and perseverance.