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Vagina Monologues auditions! This Thursday – Dec. 8

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Hello beautiful people!!!

Can you believe we are just a few days away from our first meeting?

The response has been positive and vibrant, and we’re expecting a good amount of folks.

V-Day Requirements …

We felt it is important to let everyone know that Vagina Monologue production has very specific guidelines that we have to follow in order to be able to perform it royalty-free.

A particularly strict guideline is that the performers are required to have a female identity.

Eve Ensler created the monologues with the sole purpose of bringing to light interpersonal and systemic violence against women and girls.

There is lots of support needed from folks of all genders in production and development, but for this production only the performers must identify with being female.

This conversation does not end here, however. We know males are survivors, and we know males are also phenomenal allies and bystanders. Therefore, Kim Dawkins and I are working on a future event for the male experience. So please know that folks who identify as male will have an opportunity to perform. We promise! As a multicultural organization, we feel strongly about this. However, for the Vagina Monologues we must keep true to the mission and vision of Eve Ensler.

The audition…

We ask that you have a 2 to 3 minutes of something prepared, but please do not do a monologue. Do anything but a monologue. We want to hear your voice (English, ASL, Spanish, German, whatever language and in whatever format, singing, poetry, slam poetry, prose, etc.). The purpose is not to screen folks out; rather we want to experience your voice as a performer, so that the directors can meaningfully assign monologues.

Audition times…

When folks arrive on Thursday we will have a sign-up sheet for the auditions which will begin around 6 pm.

Once again I will try and convince folks to not be nervous about the auditions… this is just to help us assign a monologue, not to vote you off the island.

The Spotlight…

Every year Ensler does a “spotlight” in that it’s a particular type of violence the campaign will highlight. Below is info about this year’s spotlight:

The 2017 Spotlight: In 2017 we are shining the Spotlight on Violence Against Women In the Workplace.

Violence against women at work takes place every day, in every country, across socio-economic levels – from laborers to company executives, to waitresses and teachers, at-home mothers, nurses, farmworkers, factory workers, actors, and domestic workers. The additional layer of exploitation is that, in many cases, women facing workplace violence are vulnerable and impeded from speaking out or seeking justice for fear of losing their job. All of this is happening in the context of a global economic reality where it is increasingly difficult for women to even earn a livable wage.

This year, we are honoring the sacred and valuable work of women around the world, in all its forms, by demanding safe, violence-free workplaces. The money raised by the 2017 Spotlight Campaign will provide support to groups working to eradicate sexual and gender violence in places of work.

This is particularly meaningful we think and we’ll be thinking about how to work this theme into the production.

If you would like to learn more about VDAY and the Spotlight campaign, please visit…

To learn more about the VDAY: http://www.vday.org/organize-event.html#.WEW_H7IrKCg

To learn more about 2017’s VDAY spotlight: http://www.vday.org/spotlight2017.html#.WEW_YbIrKCg

If you haven’t rsvp’d yet, there is still time!

Very much I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at 588 Main St, Worcester 01608, on Thursday!

Until the violence stops!

Ubuntu,*

Heidi Sue,

Heidi Sue LeBoeuf, LCSW
Counseling & Advocacy Director
My Pronouns: She, Her, They, Their

What’s fair pay?

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Worcester’s Grafton Street Elementary School. For years elementary school teachers all over America – mostly women at the time – were grossly under-paid. pic:R.T.

By Edith Morgan

We are at last at the place where there is some hope that women will be paid the same as men for equal work. That has taken a while. As a former teacher, I can remember the days when women teachers were paid less for the same or greater effort, did not get regular raises for experience, could not teach if married, then could not teach if pregnant, etc. I recall being told that only men could get a raise, as they were heads of household, and I as a woman could not be a “head of household” – despite the fact that I, like many women, was the main wage earner in my family, as my husband was in school and received only a meager stipend.

It was really high school teachers who spearheaded the move to organizing for more fair pay. Too many of us who were elementary school teachers were female, and we were accustomed to serving but not expecting proper pay. We taught children; high school teachers said they taught subjects. But now, after decades of battling, all teachers are on a multi-step schedule, based on educational level and years of service, not on the sex of the teacher.

It has been a tough battle to get fair pay for female-dominated professions – and the battle is by no means over.

This society still gives lip service to the vital role of raising and educating children, said to be our future. But we still pay near-starvation wages to those to whom we entrust our allegedly most precious possessions: our children. Early childhood programs of top quality are few and far between, very expensive, and overfilled. I went to a public preschool at three years of age, in France, in 1933 – that is how far behind we are here in America. My parents, who never even entrusted us to a babysitter, entrusted us to that French public school program. They could not have afforded a private program, as we came to France with nothing. Of course, there, teachers were honored and looked up to, and I do not remember my parents ever saying a bad word against teachers. If we children complained, they said we should learn all we could from this year’s teacher(s), and next year we might get one we liked better.

I recall coming home one day and announcing to my parents that henceforth I would have nothing to do with money, as the teacher had told us that “money is the root of all evil.” As a testament to the power of teachers’ influence, it was years before I really felt comfortable having anything to do with what was popularly called “filthy lucre.” My parents, loath to contradict the teacher, explained gently to me that the real saying was: ”THE LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil.”

Our system of compensation for work, our reward system, seems to reward those who do the least, with the most. Hedge fund managers, who move money from here to there and catch billions in between, are fabulously rich; CEOs who barely know what goes on in their businesses get millions and bonuses; speculators of all sorts are rewarded outrageously, while those who die for us have to battle to get treated for the horrendous diseases they pick up in battle. The list is endless! Suffice it to say: We reward the most vital jobs the least, and the least vital the most.