Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February Take Charge Happy Hour

February Take Charge
Happy Hour!

Join us this Friday, February 17th at our monthly happy hour! Grab a drink, meet members, learn about our upcoming events and how you can get involved!

Date: Friday, February 17th
Time: 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Vapiano M Street
(Farragut North Metro, 1800 Mst NW)

Friday, February 10, 2012

The War for Our Future

I'm so angry about the war on women. The debates consume my thoughts and nothing seems more important than talking and thinking about women, and the reality we live in. I feel the need to share with other women how I'm feeling because I know we all feel attacked. This is so much more than a policy or law or debate or decision. This is our lives, this is our future, this is the future of our children.

I feel compelled to share my reflection with you below. I've never written an email like this but no other expression seems enough. I've always known these statistics but somehow they've collided in my mind into a clear picture. That picture being: we have a lot of work to do.

1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted by a man in herlifetime.
1 in 4 women will be beaten by a man.
1 in 6 women will be stalked by a man.
4 out of 5 women will be impregnated by a man.
38% of mothers are single mothers.

In 2007 over $34 Billion in child support was owed,overwhelmingly to single mothers.
1 in 4 women will be sexually harassed in the workplace,overwhelmingly by men.
Women on average earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makesin the same job.
Each year, less than 1% of women in the US will have anabortion
62% of women who are of child-bearing age are currentlyusing a contraceptive method.
The average woman in the US wants about 2 children. To achieve this goal women must use a contraceptive method for more than 3 decades.
The U.S is one of only 4 countries that doesn'toffer paid leave to new mothers.
100% of women will be affected by the decisions of men inpower.

To men so loudly saying that women should not have access tobirth control: I understand your desire to comply with your religious doctrine. I too try to live a life of faith and struggle when my beliefs are challenged. But I’m wondering how these views might change if you were subject to thereality of women in America. Thestatistics above are just the tip of the iceberg. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the laws andreligious doctrines written overwhelmingly by men don’t seem to hold up to the realitywomen live in everyday. Can you understand why we may want to preventpregnancy? Can you understand that we feel threatened by the possibility ofrape? Can you understand why we worry about bringing a child into the worldwhen many men don’t provide support for their children and we are forced intosingle motherhood and are paid less to care for more? Do you really think womenare born with dreams of having an abortion?

I’ve heard from many of you, your solution: don’t have sex. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But it leaves me with more questions. What about men? Why aren’t we telling you not to have sex? Why aren’t we telling you that you shouldn’t’ have access to condoms? Why aren’t we calling you a slut when you have premarital sex or a one night stand? Why do you bear no responsibility for any of this? If you feel strongly that women should not have access to birth control or family planning methods then are you willing to only have sex when you are trying to conceive a child? If you conceive a child will you care for the child financially and emotionally? Not all men abuse women. Not all men seek to oppress women. But no man will feelthe responsibility of carrying a child and bringing it into the world.

Katie Kraft
Membership Director

Monday, January 16, 2012

Take Charge Happy Hour @ Tabaq Bistro!

We've missed you! Join YWTF-DC for our 1st Happy of 2012. Grab a drink with fellow feminists, meet other members, and learn about our upcoming 3-part series on taking charge of your finances. There will be Happy Hour specials and a portion for the proceeds goes to YWTFDC!

Date: Friday, January 27th
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Tabaq Bistro (1336 U St. NW)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

YWTF-DC Halloween Trivia Night!

YWTF Halloween Trivia Night
Sollys - 11th & U st.
Doors open at 8 pm, game starts at 8:30 pm

Join YWTF as we host a Trivia Night at Sollys. Show us how smart you are as you drink away! Costumes are welcome, but not required.

Please come and send this to all your friends! There is also a facebook invite, you should all have already been invited. here is the link, just in case you have not been:

See you all there!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

YWTF-DC Take Charge Happy Hour

The Executive Board has chosen "Take Charge" as the theme that will solidify our events and activities throughout the 2011-2012 term. Our goal is to provide more opportunities for you, our members, to; connect, educate, and empower each other through quality events and programming. To accomplish this we will focus on 3 overall areas: health, career, andservice. Check out our website for more information and stay tuned for event announcements!

Join us for our Take Charge Kick-Off Happy Hour at Vapiano (M Street) on Friday, September 16th at 6:00 pm! Grab a drink with fellow feminists, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Learn about YWTF-DC's plans for the year and share your ideas.

Interested in getting more involved? Email our new Membership Director Katie Kraft at

Friday, September 2, 2011

YWTF-DC Take Charge Series: Fun Fit and Healthy!

The Younger Women’s Task Force: DC Metro Chapter Cordially invites you to join us for the first Take Charge Series event of the year!

Fun, Fit and Healthy!
September 27 at 6:30 P.M.
Felicia Stewart Center
1901 L St NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC

Join YWTF-DC to jumpstart a healthier you this fall! We’re bringing together experts on nutrition, women’s health, yoga and more to help you keep your mind, body and spirit in shape!

Get tips on healthy eating, learn ways to de-stress and re-energize, and learn simple things that you can do right now to improve your health. You’ll also have a chance to win great raffle prizes, and participate in demo yoga and chair dancing classes!

Participating Organizations: FemEx DC, Nutritionist Anura Desai, Jordin’s
Paradise, Buddha B Yoga, Health Coach and Counselor Eleonora Grafton, Yoga District, Rev. Robbins Hopkins, Leanne Davis Yoga, and more!

Suggested donation $5 – $10 (Proceeds support this and future YWTF-DC Events)

RSVP on our Facebook page today!