October 2018 Board Message

The Ultimate Protection System I have been thinking a lot about this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s priority theme. It’s about social protection systems and special systems and infrastructure that can empower women and girls. From all my lived experiences, I have found no greater social protection system that empowers young …

April 2018 Board Message

A delegation of Big Ocean women attended the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in March. We gathered information, made new contacts, and interviewed women from around the world who are impacting their communities in positive ways. We are excited to share with members and cottage leaders over the coming months. …

November 2017 Board Message

The Family: Source of Intergenerational Power Recently, I attended a wedding reception for a family friend. I was struck by the deliberate and intentional ways that this family has held onto their own family culture. The celebration included specific elements celebrating their blended heritage, from traditional Polish dances to Italian dishes. Cousins, aunts, uncles, and …

May 2107 Board Message

Dear Big Ocean Women, Many of us understand Mother’s Day can be fraught with personal feelings of longing, loss, guilt or disappointment. For many, the word “mother” might seem disjointed from their real-life experiences and situations. Yet despite this challenge, our growing maternal feminist collective continues to use and promote the word “mother” to describe ALL …

Habitat 3 Success

November 2016 Board Message I am so grateful to report that our Big Ocean delegation was tremendously successful as they attended and presented at the global event, UN Habitat 3, in Quito, Ecuador. Many things were accomplished and our delegates: – Distributed Days for Girls kits and taught menstruation programs to schools and a foster home for young …

The Light of Big Ocean

Message from the Board, August 2016 We are at a crucial time in history. All around us we see women seeking to influence society at every level and in most cultural settings throughout the world. Never has there been such emphasis on giving women a voice and encouraging us to stand in our power to change the …

Welcome to Big Ocean!

Message from the Board, July 2016 Greetings fellow Big Ocean compatriots! In honor of our first official newsletter, I wish you a warm welcome from all of us in Big Ocean leadership. We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes organizing a robust structure that will give us all a broader, more unified voice as …