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Hi, I am attempting to start a Women's Issue group at the Middle School I teach at. I hope to promote a healthy lifestyle, awareness of women's issues along with team building. I want political awareness to be a part of this. If you can provide me with any information, speakers or ideas I might use with my middle school girls I would greatly appreciate it. I teach in Gaston County North Carolina. Thanks, Tiffany

Thanks for your note to Feminist.com, but mostly for taking the time to educate your class about women's issues. At Third Wave, an organization I co-founded, our philosophy is "See It? Tell It. Change It!"--meaning that the first step in changing things is to acknowledge that these things exist (i.e. injustices or issues which continue to primarily effect women). The next step is to 1.) educate/alert others to these injustices and 2.) to work together to devise ways to change it--both of these happening via forums in which we can "tell it" or share it--which seems exactly the medium that you are trying to provide to your students.

If you like I can send you Third Wave's "How To Kits"--which include how to "Network/Organize"--basically a framework in which to begin to organize people.

Also, the National Organization for Women has helped to start a few clubs in high schools across the country--perhaps they could help you.

Let me know if you want me to send the "How To Kits"--and to which address they should be sent. After you have a chance to look at them, I'd be happy to go about helping you to specifically set an agenda for the upcoming school year--including specific issues to be covered and specific speakers. I know of some great activists in the south. Let me know.


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