Feminist history in the Twin Ports


 Beth Bartlett, author of "Making Waves: Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior," will speak 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 in the Green Room of the Duluth Public Library, 520 W Superior St. 

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a wave of feminist activism and organizing broke on the shores of the Twin Ports. Its impact has shaped and transformed the lives of women and men in this community, the nation and the world. Beginning with one of the first rape crisis programs and battered women’s shelters in the country, pioneering organizations sprang up all over Duluth. 

Bartlett, retired professor of Women’s Studies at UMD, will provide brief histories of ten long-lived grassroots feminist organizations in the Twin Ports, including the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA), Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center, the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP), the Women’s Health Center, the Northcountry Women’s Coffeehouse, the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA), Women’s Transitional Housing, Mending the Sacred Hoop, Aurora: A Northland Lesbian Center, and the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO).

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