Local Women from all Generations Gathered for Chester County Fund for
Women and Girls’ Dialogue on Working Together
CCFWG hosted our second ‘Yes, All Women!’ multi-generational dialogue on Tuesday, October 17, at the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester to discuss how women from all generations can leverage commonalities rather than remain divided by differences. Around 45 women from a range of backgrounds and experiences came together for a thought-provoking discussion on current race and gender topics.
Facilitator Juliana Mosley, College Officer for Diversity and Inclusion at Chestnut Hill College, began the discussion with a rapid-fire presentation of videos on race and gender in mainstream media, including Dove and Procter and Gamble ads on body image and racial tension in America; the President’s war of words with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz; the current administration’s cut of contraceptives from healthcare coverage; the #MeToo social media campaign to expose the widespread nature of sexual assault; and media coverage on athletes taking a knee during the national anthem.
Attendees were encouraged to listen, observe and react both individually and in small groups to bring forward common themes for larger discussion. The group dialogue touched on the importance of embracing alternate points of view, being compassionate listeners and responsible consumers, understanding the language of the current feminist movement, and supporting local female candidates on election day.
Yes, All Women! Part II attendees ranged in age from high-schoolers to retirees; women broke out into small groups and later rejoined the larger group to share thoughts and identify common threads among all discussions.
“We have many women-related issues to work on. It’s clear that women as a collective should use our power to make a greater impact,” said one attendee.
Juliana closed out the evening by encouraging every woman in the room to use her voice by standing up for her beliefs, taking her rightful seat at the table and sparking conversation with family and friends around what might be emotional and difficult topics. She suggested sharing one of the videos discussed on social media or through email as a starting point.
“Tonight reflects the heart of our organization as women of all ages, races and backgrounds, come together to address important issues and unite toward progress,” said Michelle Legaspi Sanchez, CCFWG’s Executive Director.
CCFWG continues to lead and unite the community on the issues facing women and girls by providing actionable information such as the 2016 Blueprint Report, bringing together the community’s diverse voices and interests for the continued advancement of women, and providing grants to non-profits addressing the needs of women and girls.