Our chapter began 1975 with five members.
Lots of students were involved too, until 1988 when we helped UVa found a chapter of its own.
During the past three decades, our purpose has guided our actions, which have included:
- Gathering and publicizing rape statistics about crimes in the Charlottesville area;
- Honoring women's contributions to our local history in "A Herstory";
- Five printable notecards commemorating major heroines of Virginia history;
- Holding walk-a-thons to support the Equal Rights Amendment;
- Taking buses of supporters to wherever the nearest marches or rallies were being held for women's rights;
- Placing an ad in the Daily Progress regarding women-unfriendly Supreme Court nominations;
- Running voter registration drives;
- Conducting leadership development seminars for women running for office;
- Participating in "Take Back the Night" Marches with our UVa student partners in FIFE;
- Holding a public panel discussion exploring HPV and the controversial cervical cancer vaccine; and
- Joining Virginia NOW in "Pro-Choice
Lobby Day" to discuss issues with legislators in our state capital.
We seek “equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects
of citizenship, public service, employment, education and family
life...[and] freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin,
age, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood.”