In an age when lawmakers across the country are continually trying to chip away at women's reproductive rights and when a certain Republican presidential candidate regularly calls women names like "bimbos" and "fat pigs," it's easy to forget how far women's rights have come.
But "Beers with Pioneers," a new monthly summer discussion series (with free beer!) hosted by Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR), will pay homage to the Memphis women who paved the way for equality, all the while giving younger folks a look into what some of feminism's pioneers were up against.
The first event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th at Amurica and will feature former Memphis Panel of American Women member Jocie Wurzburg and Cara McLane of Lady Parts Justice.
"We just want to talk about the then and now and what strives we've made. We want to honor the women who were doing this work in the '60s and '70s who set the stage for those of us who are doing it now," said Aimee Lewis, PPGMR's vice-president of external affairs.
The local Panel of American Women was founded in 1968, after Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, and through it, white and black women of Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish faiths came together to spark conversations across the city about race and religion. Wurzburg will be discussing her work on the panel, and she'll be juxtaposed with McLane, a comedian and Planned Parenthood volunteer who works with Lady Parts Justice (a group of comics and writers using comedy and digital media to speak out against the erosion of reproductive access). After their discussion, which will be moderated by Black Lives Matter organizer Tami Sawyer, the floor will open for a Q&A.
Throughout the event, free Ghost River beer will be flowing. And there will be food trucks parked outside. Future "Beers with Pioneers" events are set for June 21st, July 14th, and August 23rd.