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Welcome! The Women and Religion Movement is alive and well in the 21st Century. A grassroots project started by lay leaders in the 1970s as an effort to promote examination of religious roots of sexism and patriarchy within the UUA and beyond, UU Women and Religion officially began as a task force following the unanimously-passed WOMEN AND RELIGION RESOLUTION at the 1977 UUA General Assembly. Although the Task Force was eventually sunsetted, the movement still exists in UU Districts that hold Women & Religion programs and woman-focused gatherings. It exists at General Assembly, where UUW&R has an annual gathering and a booth in the display area. And it lives in the hearts and lives of women and men who have been touched by the many changes inspired by this movement.

"We do not want a piece of the pie. It is still a patriarchal pie. We want to change the recipe!" -- Rosemary Matson

Social action can be easy to do.  I just did it by phone calls to my two Senators.  I got my name and comment on their pro-ratification lists.  Here's how:

Dial the U.S.Capitol, 202/224-3121, and ask for the office of one of your Senators.  When the phone is picked up, say "Hello.  My name is ...."  Then, give your address to show you are a constituent.  Continue with, "I need to voice my support for immediate ratification of CEDAW, the U.N. Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women."  Then give your comment.

My comment was, "I'm sure you've recorded the many reasons why this U.N. Convention needs to be in our law books.  In case you haven't heard my point, I need to remind the Senator that discrimination toward women is the first step for violence against women.  Please, add this with my name to your pro-ratification list."  When you hang up, simply repeat the same procedure for your second Senator.  It's soooo easy! 


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