“Because, the power of #MeToo isn’t just naming it. Naming it is just the beginning of the journey” -Tarana Burke

Leading up to BWSS 40 Years Later Commemoration with Tarana Burke at the Orpheum Theatre on November 25th, 2019, BWSS asked local activists to share how “Naming it is just the beginning of the journey”…

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” – Muriel Rukeyser 1968.

“In 1979 the founding mothers of Battered Women’s Support Services chose an unequivocal name for their new organization. They believed that women could liberate each other in support groups by telling the truth about their very hidden lives, and the first step in doing this publicly was to choose terms that did not obscure the concept in gender neutral language, and did not hide who was most harmed in domestic terrorism: women and their children. Over the years BWSS has been told that the name makes people feel uncomfortable. Sometimes the truth is uncomfortable, and I want to congratulate BWSS for maintaining the courage of the founders’ vision”.

-Janet Freeman, former BWSS volunteer and staff member 1985-2001




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  • Davida LeComte
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  • Vancouver Community College Faculty Association
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