CONTACT: COURTNEY REED JENKINS
Women's Resource and Action Center
Iowa City IA 52242
Several discussion groups for women set to begin in October
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A variety of discussion groups for women will begin
meeting in October under the sponsorship of the Women's Resource and Action
Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa. All but one of the groups will
meet at WRAC, located at the corner of Market and Madison streets, across
from the Iowa Memorial Union.
All interested women are invited to join the discussion groups. For
more information on a particular group, call WRAC at (319) 335-1486.
"Single Moms" will continue to be offered as a support group
for single women with children. "The group is designed to discuss
issues of parenting, living in Iowa City as a single moms, and growing
as women," says Angie Ward, group facilitator.
Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Monday, beginning
Oct. 13. Childcare is available.
WOMEN WITH EATING DISORDERS
"Being in Our Bodies: Food, Society and Us," is a new support
group for women with eating disorders. "We will address the emotions
associated with food and how they may affect eating patterns," says
Erin Gee, group facilitator. "We'll also examine the pressures women
face from society, family and other relationships."
Meetings will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning Oct.
"Coming Out" is an eight-week discussion group that will meet
on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14. The group will explore the joys and concerns
surrounding the process of coming out as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,
says Courtney Reed Jenkins, Support Group Coordinator at WRAC. Anyone
interested in participating should call WRAC at (319) 335-1486 for more
WOMEN IN TOUCH
"Women in Touch" is a six-week discussion group for lesbian
and bisexual women to reflect on the impact of sexism and homophobia in
their lives. Meetings will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning
Designed by Affirmations: Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center in Detroit,
Mich., the discussion sessions will focus on early childhood experiences;
body image; friendships, dating, and relationships; intimacy; sexuality;
and the lesbian and bisexual women's community.
WOMEN IN TOUCH II
"Women in Touch II" is a six-week discussion group for lesbian
and bisexual women that continues the discussions of "Women in Touch."
Participants will explore how culture, politics and society affect the
way lesbians and bisexual women deal with themselves and each other.
Like "Women in Touch," the curriculum for "Women in Touch
II" was designed by Affirmations: A Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center
in Detroit, Mich.
Meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 13.
"Motherless Daughters" is a new support group designed to
help women cope with the death of their mothers.
"There is no time limit on the feelings of loss following a mother's
death," says Cynthia Kay, group facilitator. "The group will
be a space to explore how our lives may have been changed - how we now
choose our jobs, friends, lovers and how we express our spirituality -
by understanding our connection to the woman who gave us life."
Meetings, which will be at Old Brick, 20 East Market Street, will run
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Monday beginning Oct. 13. Participants may park
in the lot west of the building.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FOR WOMEN
Wondering about aromatherapy? Chiropractic care? Massage therapy?
Yoga? These alternatives to Western medicine will be explored in a new
discussion group, "Alternative Medicine: A Woman's Perspective."
Melissa Doro, group facilitator, plans to bring in local practitioners
of alternative healing methods, and then to let women discuss the practices
with them. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning
A new discussion group for young feminists will explore what it means
to be a feminist in the 1990s. Discussions will be based on Rebecca Walker's
book of essays, To Be Real, and will focus on the status of young
women in society, the choices women have to make, and ways to challenge
"We will take ideas formed by women all around the country and
apply them to our situation here in Iowa," says group facilitator
Katie Geha. "I see this as a place to become excited as a feminist
- to become strong in the vision we young feminists need to continue the
work begun in the 1960s."
Meetings will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14. Excerpts
from the book will be provided, so group members do not need to buy the