Volunteer with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. – Apply for our Spring 2015 Training!

Look for a way to give back to the community? Our joint 40-hour survivor support training with the Riley Center is coming up this Spring and we want you to join us! Application deadline is April 17th, 2015Please note, at this time we are only recruiting volunteers for our 24 hour Support Line, Latina Program, Language Support Advocates and Drop-In Support.Volunteer Flyer

Training dates are as follows: 

May 8,15, 22, June 5,12 all Fridays 9:30-5:30

You can fill out an application online here!

Upon completion of your application, please email Alicia at alicia@womaninc.org to confirm we have received your application.

Here are some things volunteers have said about the 40-hour training:

  • “The facilitators were complimentary to each other, had a wealth of knowledge & experience to offer the group, made the space feel like a safe place to learn and grow and created a positive environment.”
  • I loved all trainings, presenters, topics, activities. I wish we could have an 80 hour training!
  • “Presenters on legal information were incredibly helpful and easy to follow. It felt like a safe/supportive space where we built a nice community.”
  • “I learned so much!”
  • “Thanks to the facilitators for your time and amazing energy. I really enjoyed the training. It was an awesome experience.”
  • “Thank you very much for all the hard work. I now have new tools under my belt on how to better support DV survivors overall. Great training.”

Run to End Domestic Violence: Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. at the Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon!

For the 2nd year in a row, W.O.M.A.N. Inc. is an official charity of the Transamerica ® Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™ on Sunday, March 29th and we want you to join our team!

Last year the W.O.M.A.N. Inc. team raised more than $10,000 to support domestic violence survivors. Just imagine how much we can raise if you join us this year!

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. team runners commit to raising $400 to support W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s services. As a runner, your race registration is included as well as plenty of fundraising tips and hosted fundraisers to help you meet your goals. You also get the opportunity to participate in group training and meet other community members who are committed to ending domestic violence. Deadline to join is Sunday, February 22.

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Can’t make the run? There are many other ways you can help: 

  • Sponsor a runner by donating part or all of $400 to W.O.M.A.N. Inc. here!
  • Recruit more runners and walkers by spreading the word
  • Organize a fundraiser to help the team reach it’s goal of $20,000 raised

 All funds raised will contribute to critical services for survivors of domestic violence. To check out the race course, check out the official race course video.

 “I am so excited to run the Rock ‘N’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon 2014 as a proud member of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Team!  It is an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to this amazing organization, and to know that my involvement can have a positive impact on the lives of others.” ~ Kelly Rossi

For more information or to join the team, please contact events@womaninc.org

  • R.S.V.P. on Facebook here
  • Interested in attending a practice run? Learn more here
  • You can also find this fundraiser on everydayhero.com

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Spreading Some Women’s History Love: Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Well I figure since this month we celebrated the 82nd year Ruth Bader Ginsburg has graced our planet with her presence, it’s a perfect person to highlight this Women’s History Month. As the 2nd ever female supreme court justice and first ever Jewish supreme court justice, she has made incredible strides in fight for gender equality.  When she enrolled at Harvard University in the 1950s she was one of 9 women in a class of 500 students. On top of that, she tied for first in her class!  originalAs a lawyer, scholar and women’s rights advocate, she volunteered as a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, served on the ACLU board and was a professor at Columbia School of Law and Rutgers School of Law – Newark. She is the first woman ever to be on two major law reviews (Havard Law Review & Columbia Law Review). She co-founded the first ever law journal in the United States that focused specifically on women’s rights and co-authored the first law casebook on sex discrimination. While teaching at Columbia, Ginsburg became the first ever tenured female professor. In 1972, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU and a year later became the ACLU’s General Counsel. Long story short, Ruth is a total badass. Probably one of the greatest things that ever happened to the SCOTUS. In addition to just being a really impressive human being, I admire her unapologetic outspokenness, wit and relentless dedication to standing up for things that matter. Strong, powerful, intelligent and poised —  All hail the Nortorious R.B.G.!

More Ruth quotes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/15/ruth-bader-ginsburg-quotes_n_6866332.html

– Shaena, Program Assistant

Awesome Community Support at our Rock n’ Roll Marathon Happy Hour Fundraisers!


Happy Hour Fundraiser at Northstar Cafe

This past month we were fortunate enough to have two awesome venues host benefit happy hours for W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon team. Many thanks to Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and Northstar Cafe for having us! The turn out was a great success as we got to raise funds and awareness about our cause and have a stellar time while doing it. Between the two events we raised over $1000, a great contribution to our fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Rock n’ Roll Marathon. We want to give thanks to our incredible events team for their energy, dedication and generosity! A special shout out to those who went the extra mile by donating cool prizes to go towards the raffle! Last but not least, thanks a ton to the community members who took the time to come out and support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We could not thrive without all of you! Because of people like you, we can continue to better serve survivors of domestic violence.

Want to learn more about the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon Team? Refer to the links below:

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Spreading Some Women’s History Love: Lucy Gonzalez Parsons

Lucy Parsons was a radical anarchist, feminist and labor organizer. A woman of mixed racial heritage who grew up during the Civil War in Texas and then the tumultuous industrialization of Chicago, Lucy unnamedParsons fought tirelessly her entire life to end all forms of oppression. She is remarkable- not only in her intelligence but in her fearlessness. She spoke publicly about the abuse of labor and capitalism, how women uniquely suffered under these symptoms and how it was only through worker solidarity–across gender, race, class and immigration could solve these problems. Even after the murder of her husband Albert Parsons and subsequent arrests, Lucy Parsons continued to be advocate for the most marginalized in society until her death in 1942.

I am inspired by Lucy Parsons because of her undying passion to justice for all people and her absolute bravery in fighting for these ideals. I read her speeches and essays on days when I am feeling fatigued or jaded; the fire with which she speaks re-invigorates my passion for justice and equality. She clearly understood what oppression looked like- from lynching to unsafe working conditions- and tirelessly continued to rail against all of those things. In other words, Lucy Parsons was an unequivocal, unapologetic badass for human rights and justice.

In addition to bringing to attention and strength to the Chicago socialist and union scene– resulting in long-standing workplace and government reforms, Lucy Parsons embedded herself in many different organizations that were committed to social justice work: unions, syndicalist leagues, suffrage organizations, and anti-lynching groups to name a few. Her work in these groups validated the struggle of the different segments of society as well as contributing her voice and notoriety to the important work that they did, and continue to do. However, Lucy’s contributions are not historically limited. In the words of Gale Ahrens in the Introduction to her speeches, “Oppression was something she knew a lot about. Her long and often traumatic experience of the capitalist injustice system–made her not just another ‘victim’ but an extraordinarily articulate witness to, and vehement crusader against, all injustice. That kind of direct experience gave her a credibility, and an actuality, that those who lack experience just don’t have. And that credibility and actuality continue to resound in her writings” (24).

 – Elena, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Advocate

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Spreading Some Women’s History Love: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is a favorite woman in History as a symbol
of caring ,as political, as a diplomat, and as an activist who embodied
the aggressive spirit of feminism throughout her life. imagesAmong  her countless achievements she advocated for extended rights of women in the work force. President Harry S. Truman called her “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements. Later she became Chairwoman of JFK’s Status of Women in the early 1960’s, prior to her death. She made innumerable National and International Speaking Engagements. Adlai Stevenson asked “What other single human being has touched and transformed the existence of
so many? I resonate with her emphasizing  independent thought “people grow through experience when they meet life honestly and courageously.” She received 35 honorary degrees 13 which were from Universities outside
the United States for her many lifetime achievements.
- Sue, MFT Intern

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Staff Spreading Some Women’s History Love: Jane Addams

Jane Addams is one of my favorite women in history. You could call her a renaissance woman because she took on so many causes and made immeasurable improvements in the lives of women and those in need.
unnamed-1I had the chance to visit the Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago, which is the house that she founded with inheritance money. She used the house as a central place for community meetings, art, education, and cultural awareness events. When I reflect on all of the positive changes that Jane Addams had on her surrounding, it inspires me to examine my own surroundings to see what I can do to make a positive change no matter how small. Jane Addams contributed so many things to society, but the thing that stands out the most to me is how she noticed that many in her neighborhood, especially children, were sick and dying because of the unsanitary conditions of the streets. She got herself appointed as a sanitary inspector for the city and through her efforts saved many lives by taking a stand to have a cleaner environment.

“What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities and courage to advocate them” – Jane Addams

Joy, Support Line Assistant

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Staff Spreading Some Women’s History Love: Kathleen Hanna

​Kathleen Hanna and her first, big band, Bikini Kill is commonly credited with creating Riot Grrrl, a punk rock, feminist movement in the 1990’s. Although Kathleen Hanna did play a huge role in Riot Grrrl’s impetuous, she is the first to say that Riot Grrrl was a collective movement, shared with the women who were a part of it. Bikini Kill dealt with sexism and violence against women at shows, at home, on dates and in the streets, they sang about domestic violence, the double-standards that exist for men and women, incest, and rape as well. They weren’t just saying how they felt, they were horribly angry that these things happened to women at such alarming rates, and that once it happened, the survivors were commonly doubted and blamed for it. image
Kathleen Hanna created a low-fi, solo album after Riot Grrrl disbanded under the name Julie Ruin. Incidentally, Julie Ruin recorded another album a couple of years ago and are currently touring in support of it.
​In between the two incarnations of Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna was in a band called Le Tigre, and that might be one of the best bands ever. The common theme in all of these musical outings is activism, gratitude for the work of others, and shinning a light on various areas of inequality for women and LGBTQ communities.
​So when it comes to saying what Kathleen Hanna has meant to me, I struggle with that, because, I have never really gotten too into punk rock, so my appreciation for Bikini Kill’s music only goes so deep. When I actually began listening to the lyrics, all those decades ago, I was so taken back; when I began reading interviews with Kathleen Hanna, I felt that proverbial lightbulb go off over my head. I didn’t need to be into punk rock to identify with feeling less than in small, independent music scenes because I was a girl. Let me pause here, however, and give credence to fact that Kathleen Hanna might not be everyone’s cup of tea; but its better that way, it proves her point. Some people, regardless of gender, are uncomfortable with loud-mouthed women; some people have a lot at stake when a curtain that once covered up abuse is lifted and the survivor can speak out. Kathleen Hanna has always been a polarizing figure, and it seemed to take her a couple of decades to figure out what to be, how to best handle her being catapulted into the spotlight as an activist and a voice for survivors. I can see the conflict, and I respect it. So, her famous quote ‘you’re still going to get criticized, so you may as well say whatever the f*** you want’ is so true. She helped ignite a fire in me to DO SOMETHING. For me, that meant getting a degree in Women’s Studies, which lead me to anti-domestic violence and anti-sexual assault, abuse and rape work. This work has helped me gain a perspective impossible to explain and breakdown…it’s my career and my passion and I am so grateful to have sat with each person who told me their story. I don’t know how much it helped them, but in a selfish way, it’s helped me tremendously.
So, when people get a little snarky about Kathleen Hanna, it feels like they are coming up against family. Kathleen Hanna is strangely a best friend I’ve never sat down and talked with, a mentor who never directly advised me, a family member I’ve never spent a holiday with. I have love and gratitude for Kathleen Hanna, and I can honestly say that I don’t know ‘what I would be doing with my life’ if she hadn’t blared onto the scene and helped me start questioning, finding, and doing.
So, thank you, Kathleen Hanna.
LINKS on the awesomeness that is Kathleen Hanna:
- Jill, Executive Director