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In 2017, join us for monthly meetings the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.:

Jan. 10, 2017

Feb. 14, 2017

March 14, 2017

April 11, 2017

May 9, 2017

Location: Our March 14th meeting will be held at The Civic Media Center, 433 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 

10.28.13 - NWL Guest Editorial: 'Rape culture' label ignores root cause

The following guest editorial by the Gainesville chapter of NWL appeared in the October 29, 2013 print edition of The Alligator:

In recent years, stories on rape have become increasingly formulaic. We’re given the same statistics with absolutely no analysis of the cause of rape or real solutions.

Recently, articles focusing on rape published by the Alligator contained the phrase “rape culture” in the title, which was repeatedly referenced and blamed without ever being defined. “Rape culture” is a culture that normalizes and allows rape in its society. Joking about rape, making excuses for rapists and street harassers, and scrutinizing a woman’s dress and behavior instead of the behavior of rapists and street harassers is rape culture. These conditions certainly exist and are a form of sexism, but lumping them together as “rape culture” ignores the cause of the problem. Men who rape women are the cause of the problem — not jokes or poor excuses.

In its series of articles on rape, the Alligator suggested UF require incoming freshmen to take a workshop on consent because lack of consent determines rape. But the problem is not defining consent once and for all, as if some men do not know the difference between yes, no and unconscious. The problem is men who are rapists do not hear or respect a woman when she gives any answer they do not want to hear. The problem is these men know how very unlikely it is that they will ever be accused of rape, let alone prosecuted and charged.

National Women’s Liberation believes that the frequency and threat of rape and the notion rape victims are to blame is not the result of a rape culture, but actually the direct result of male supremacy. “Male supremacy” is the inherent authority and legitimacy men enjoy simply by being male. It is what is at play when men are not afraid of committing a crime because the victim can easily be discredited not with evidence, but by dress or past behavior. It is what is at play when the victim’s past is more important than the crime committed. It is at play when men don’t think anyone will believe the victim and will without a doubt take his side.

This male supremacy is built directly into our political, economic and cultural institutions, and until we look at the bigger picture and dig out the root cause, rape and rape culture will always exist.

While no one can presume to know how to stop rape once and for all, we do know that progressive change begins with a strong women’s rights group who can organize, fight and demand for UF to recognize rape as a real issue on campus and to provide effective awareness and prevention strategies that respects all women. No more waiting and no more lip service. This can change, as long as we demand change together.

9.25.13 - Join NWL For An Abortion Action Meeting

Join National Women's Liberation in an action planning meeting & consciousness-raising discussion on abortion & birth control.


Weds., Sept 25, 2013 at 6pm

University of Florida
Anderson Hall Room 34
This event is open to women only



Consciousness-Raising (C-R): getting to the root of who benefits from male supremacy and who pays; using this analysis to fight for change. In this C-R, we'll answer the following questions:

Have you ever needed an abortion or had a pregnancy scare? What happened?
What restrictions have you faced? What contraceptives do you use now?

NWL Fall Tabling Events

The Gainesville Chapter of National Women's Liberation will be tabling at the fall events listed below:

Women's Welcome Assembly, August 28, 2013, 7-9pm, Reitz Grand Ballroom, UF

  • 6:15pm-9:00pm

Labor Daze September 1, 2013, 5-10pm, Bo Diddley Plaza, downtown Gainesville

  • 3pm-5:30pm
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • 7:30pm-10:00pm

Radical Rush at UF September 18-19, 11-2pm, Plaza of the Americas, UF

  • 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 12:30-2:00pm

At these tabling events, we'll be talking to women about how they can get involved with and join NWL, as well as talking about our upcoming fall organizing plans. The local chapter of NWL will be organizing against anti-woman and anti-abortion attacks. We have been reminded by Texas and North Carolina what kinds of legislation we will most likely face this fall, and our own Senator Marco Rubio has announced his plans to introduce a 20-week ban on abortions at the federal level. The right to birth control, including abortion, is a cornerstone of women’s freedom. Without an organized, strong, visible feminist movement making demands and keeping up the pressure, victories we’ve had on abortion, birth control, and health care will continue to be threatened. If we continue to lose ground, making new gains and going for more of the things that women really want and need will be next to impossible.

Please let us know if you're able to help by volunteering to join NWL organizers for a tabling shift or two. Contact Kendra Vincent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 352-575-0495.

7.27.13 - Join Us For a Feminist Brunch

Saturday, July 27, 2013
11am to 1pm 

The Gainesville Chapter of National Women's Liberation invites you to join us for a feminist brunch and consciousness-raising. We'll be discussing the following questions:

 When and about what have you argued with a man/men? What happened? How did you feel?

When and about what have you argued with a woman/women? What happened? How did you feel?  



Morning-After Pill Victory and Zine Release Party - Saturday, April 20th at 6pm

Landmark Birth-Control VICTORY!
All Restrictions on the Morning-After Pill Lifted! (View as PDF)

Feminists win access to the morning-after pill (MAP) for all women and girls in the U.S! Ten years of speakouts, consciousness-raising, petition gathering, phonebanking, flashmobs, sitting-in and putting pressure on the Food and Drug Administration helped make this court decision possible. Women cannot be on equal footing with men if we can’t decide when and if we will bear a child. Morning-after pill over-the-counter gives women an enormous freedom. Organizing pays! Today, a U.S. federal judge ordered that the Morning-After Pill be made available "without a prescription and without point-of-sale or age restrictions within thirty days."



5.13.13 - Join NWL For A Week Of Action


Women Organize to Resist and Defend, Answer Coalition, Chicago


Week of Action: May 13th-17th

National Women's Liberation, with the support of our allies Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD), is organizing a week of action. We are uniting to demand "Access for all, No restrictions!" Birth control is a cornerstone of women's freedom. If the Obama Administration thinks women will simply let this go, they are wrong!

Join us for actions in the cities listed below, or plan an action in your city! Please contact us if you would like to participate in a planning meeting. Organizing kits are available. If you hold a sign, drop a banner, or organize a flashmob to put the Morning-After Pill on the shelf, send us video or pictures. We will compile them. Please forward this message widely.

Tuesday, May 14:
Los Angeles, California
Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
New Haven, Connecticut
Washington, D.C.
Chicago, Illinois
New York City, New York
Syracuse, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Seattle, Washington

Friday, May 17:
Gainesville, Florida
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Feminist Brunch - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 11am

Sunday, April 28, 11am to 1pm
1592 NE 75th St, Gainesville, Florida (View Map)

(View pdf of brunch flyer)

We are hosting a feminist brunch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book The Feminine Mystique. This event is open to women only. Please bring food to share.

We will be discussing how the movement that she helped spark has changed our lives, and the work the movement still needs to do by answering these questions:

1. What things in my life as a woman do I want to see changed? How has this changed as I’ve gotten older?
2. What is my role in women's liberation at this stage of my life? How has that changed as I've gotten older?

Suggested Reading: "Woman In The Middle" by Florence Rush

Email or call Joye to RSVP & for directions:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 352-271-0900

Celebration of Margaret Parrish's Life

One of Gainesville's most dedicated activists, Margaret Anne Parrish, died peacefully on March 6, 2013 at the age of 70. Gainesville has lost a true warrior. There will be a celebration of the life and times of Margaret Parrish on Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Gainesville Women's Club, 2809 W. University Avenue in Gainesville, FL. Food and drinks will be provided but potluck is welcome. This is an all-inclusive community event. Anyone and everyone who wants to celebrate Marge's life is welcome and invited to attend.

She will be remembered as the personification of activism. While she was passionate about variety of issues; closest to her heart were women and children issues. Her courageous and extraordinary contributions earned accolades throughout the community. Her most significant accomplishments were as one of the three women who established the Gainesville Women's Health Center and as co-founder of the Birth Center of Gainesville. She was a friend, a confidant, a caregiver and an inspiration. Her presence in all she did and those whose lives she touched will be missed, but never forgotten.

For more information on the importance of the Gainesville Women's Health Center, please read
“Event to celebrate Gainesville Women's Health Center, ‘Health Care for People, Not for Profit’ was clinic's mission” by Jenny Brown.

For more information on the memorial, visit the Facebook event page.

To read her obituary, visit the Gainesville Sun.


Stephanie Coontz and “The Feminine Mystique at Fifty: 1963-2013,” Wed., March 13, 2013


 For those who cannot attend, Live Streaming of the event is being made available by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and will run the duration of the lecture starting at 6pm EST and can be accessed from their homepage:



Feminist Brunch to Commemmorate Roe v. Wade, Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Please RSVP by visiting the Facebook event, calling (904) 705-5654 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . FEMINIST.BRUNCH.Jan.2013f 

Zine Planning Meeting, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

The Gainesville Chapter of National Women's Liberation is creating a feminist zine (self-published magazine) that will reflect the experiences of and issues facing local women.  The zine will feature articles on NWL's women's liberation history, as well as content from our new members and from conclusions gathered at our recent consciousness-raising discussion on beauty standards.  We invite all women who are interested to join us in this project. 

If you would like to contribute, please join us for a planning meeting Weds, Nov 28.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but still want to contribute, please get in touch with us. 
When: Weds, November 28, 6:30pm
Where: 1016 SW 1st Avenue, Gainesville, FL
For more information
Call: 352-575-0495
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