Only one organization unites women's voices in strategic action to change policies for
Shelby County women and girls - the Memphis Area Women's Council. With the help of a passionate volunteer board and linkages to the right partners and funders on specific strategic actions - the Women's Council is making change.
--Deborah Clubb, Executive Director
Remembering a friend and DV pioneer
Memphis Area Women’s Council Chair Sonja White passed away May 4, 2013 after a valiant struggle against cancer. She always brought strength, skill, vision, humor, compassion and passion to her life’s endeavors — especially when she was working on behalf of victims of family violence.
From left, Council President Deborah Clubb, Memphis Police Col. Mike Ryall and
Council Chair Sonja White at the 2nd annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ event.
Sonja was a 2009 recipient of a Women of Achievement Vision award for which an essay was written about her life's accomplishments. You can read it here.
They walked the mile
to protest gender assault
Some of the spirited marchers in this year's 'Walk a Mile' event.
2013 crime victims award
presented to Council director
At an outdoor ceremony that included a tree-planting, Deborah M. Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women's Council, was given an award for her work in helping victims of violence in Memphis and Shelby County. read more
Walk A Mile awareness
march gets TV-24 coverage
The station filed a news report about the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk and included
footage about the fourth annual Walk A Mile In Her ShoesTM event that took place around the art district April 19.
Women's voices are powerful when united. We make things happen. We change how things are done.
It is in that spirit that the board of the Memphis Area Women's Council initiates WomenTalk - a regular monthly time for women to gather and share the joys, sorrows, aggravations, issues, rights and wrongs in our lives.
The door of our office at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. will be open each second Thursday starting in April - come sip a beverage and join the conversation, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The topics will be whatever those who gather want or need to discuss. We expect - at the least - some fun and interesting conversations. Come join in!
Signed: Sonja White, president; Happy Jones, secretary/treasurer; Dr. Phyllis Betts, Lila Beth Burke,
Dr. Carol Danehower, Charlotte Wilson Hoyle, Dr. Glenda Moses, Dr. Owen Phillips, Janet Shipman, Linda Williams, Jocie Wurzburg, directors.
Walk to raise DV awareness returns to Broad
The fourth annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ domestic violence awareness event and fundraiser is coming soon. The one-mile march — including men who dare walking in women’s high-heeled shoes! — returns to Broad Avenue April 19 where it once more is a sanctioned event at the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk.
Men and women are invited to come and take part in this fun event. Registration begins at 5:30 at the music stage, on the north side of Broad Avenue. The walk is a mile around the district.
Women’s Council sponsors
national program on WKNO-TV
If you missed it, you still can see our sponsorship spot that ran at the beginning of the WKNO show, “MAKERS: Women Who Make America” to be rerun in the near future.
Here’s our spot:
Women’s Council achieves important change
Based on news reports and our conversations with City Council leadership the renaming parks committee will be enlarged to add women! We celebrate success on behalf of all local women.
Our thanks to the Council members for their quick response and to all of you who added your comments. Also our thanks to all who support the Women’s Council so that we are here to undertake this kind of action.
At the recent 2012 Economic Summit for Women in Nashville, MAWC Executive Director Deborah M. Clubb and Dr. Carol Danehower, University of Memphis professor, met with national icon Lilly Ledbetter. In the photograph, from left: Ms. Clubb, who serves as a member of the state Women's Economic Council Foundation board; Ms. Ledbetter, author, advocate and namesake of the game-changing Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2009, and Dr. Danehower, Fogelman College of Business and Economics associate professor and immediate past chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.