What you should do about anti-choice abortion protesters bringing their campaign to Broadway

A counter message against anti-choice pickets in Seattle (Image: Brady Hall via Shout Your Abortion)

Anti-choice picketers weren’t very successful finding takers for their LGBTQ-mimicking rainbow-colored flyers on Broadway over the weekend. But their presence was disturbing enough.

“We’ve seen an uptick across the country since Trump’s election,” Michelle Farber, organizer and organizer for Seattle Clinic Defense tells CHS about the seemingly incongruous presence of anti-abortion protesters in the midst of Capitol Hill nightlife over the weekend. Continue reading

Starting on Capitol Hill, The Riveter creating coworking spaces focused on women

When working mothers and friends Amy Nelson and Kim Peltola couldn’t find a workplace the provide support and resources that empowered women and helped them to balance careers and self-care, they decided to create that space.

Their new venture, The Riveter, a coworking, wellness, and community space that focuses on women, but welcomes all will open May 1st on 12th Ave between Pike and Pine. The very real venture will take over an office space that temporarily became the home to a set of reality TV show cast members last summer.

Nelson, a lawyer, and Peltola, a social worker, met about three years ago when both were new mothers. They bonded over the challenges of balancing parenthood, work, and self-care. Continue reading

Five women who shaped Capitol Hill’s apartment past

Corinne-Simpson-400x379Women were some of the most prolific early 20th Century developers to shape Capitol Hill into the neighborhood we see today. Author Diana James documented some of the more interesting female characters behind Capitol Hill’s classic apartment buildings in her 2012 book Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939. In a 2014 talk, James said that while she was researching for her book, she was struck by the number of women who popped up in the real estate business.

“Researching women’s involvement in the business of buying, selling, and building apartments was a worthy pursuit,” she said. “The accomplishments of these women would be commendable today, but the fact that they occurred over 100 years ago make them even more remarkable.” Continue reading

Seattle Poetry Slam with featured poet Tara Hardy and Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals

Join Seattle Poetry Slam on Tuesday night for an AMAZING featured poet Tara Hardy and the FINAL SLAM to see which poet that lives their life as a woman, represents SEATTLE in Brooklyn, New York at Women of the World Poetry Slam 2016!!

Featured Poet Tara Hardy
Poetry Slam is CLOSED to prequalified poets that live their lives as women

About the Slam:

The Women of the World Poetry Slam FINAL is FOUR rounds with different time limits (4 minute, 3 minute, 2 minute and 1 minute). Each poet is given a 10 second grace period in each round, but after 10 seconds, are deducted points.

About the Featured Poet:

Tara Hardy is the working class, queer Femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle. She is the author of Bring Down the Chandeliers, by Write Bloody Press, a former Seattle Poet Populist and writer in residence at Richard Hugo House. Tara is an instructor at Seattle Central College and teaches for Path With Art and Richard Hugo House. She is the current Arts Coordinator for Gay City in Seattle, an alumnae of Hedgebrook and holds an MFA from Vermont college. Tara tours as a poet, performer, and teaching artist. To contact her or arrange for a performance, visit www.tarahardy.net.

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We will not tolerate harassment or abuse from anyone of anyone who takes part in Seattle Poetry Slam events. In addition, we take all threats of violence extremely seriously, and will report them as necessary to ensure that we are working towards a safe environment.
If you have questions about any of our guidelines, please email seattlepoetryslam@gmail.com.

She Bikes – Garden Party Ride

Join us for a rambling ride to two of Seattle’s most lovely gardens. On our ride we will take time to stop and smell the flowers and stretch along the way with little bits of yoga led by Kelli Refer, author of Pedal, Stretch, Breathe. The route will primarily follow along the proposed Ridge Route Greenway and go down Columbia along the Pollinator Pathway. You are guarenteed beautiful views of Lake Washington, Downtown Seattle and lot’s of flowering blossoms! After the ride we’ll head to the Twilight Exit to enjoy each other’s company over tater tots and drinks.

The Daphnes at The Sorrento Hotel

Harpist Monica Schley’s new project The Daphnes will debut an evening of new music, 7:30pm on March 7 at The Sorrento Hotel (900 Madison St).

The Daphnes are an an all-female unconventional chamber quartet featuring:
Monica Schley (harp and voice);
Julie Baldridge (violin),
Lori Goldston (cello)
Anne Mathews (voice).

Drawing sounds from neo-folkster M. Ward, 90’s alternative bands Mazzy Star, and Cowboy Junkies as well as jazz musicians Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane, Schley writes modern compositions for the harp. This ensemble evokes a gypsy folk aesthetic inside a classical chamber ensemble.

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(no admission)

Free outdoor exercise class for women

Women interested in exercising in the great outdoors with a group of women – here’s your chance! Wednesday, May 14, Southside Booty Camp is offering a free try-it-out class at multiple times at Volunteer Park and Seward Park (equipment provided if needed). Booty Camp is a holistic fitness program that mixes resistance and cardio training through a variety of exercises in one of Seattle’s beautiful parks. Go to http://www.southsidebootycamp.com/free-workout-signup/ for more information about camp and to sign up. You can also ‘like’ the booty camp page on Facebook to get frequent updates and other offers.

Dining for Women gathering – Hope Foundation/Bangladesh

Join us for the bimonthly gathering of the Woman’s Century Club chapter of Dining for Women. We meet on the first Monday, every other month, to share a potluck meal, learn about a project helping impoverished women and girls abroad, and donate as we’re able. Our donations are pooled with 400+ DFW chapters in the US and worldwide, so a little can go a long way! May’s beneficiary is the Hope Foundation in Bangladesh and its important work helping women with obstetric fistula. Bring an appetizer, salad, dessert, or beverage to share, or just bring yourself! Email any questions to scholarship@womanscenturyclub.org.