WOMEN TOGETHER: Jenny’s Focus on Feminism, The Feminine

Welcome to Jenny’s Focus on Feminism and The Feminine, (jenny@ramseysocialjusticefoundation.org), a page of focused activism towards full egalitarianism, achieving full equality, participation and representation for girls and women worldwide, with the realization that then, and only then, humanity will be sustained, population increases will be reasonable, and poverty will diminish.

We invite  you to learn more, as we strive to deify the feminine, to neutralize androcentrism, and to perpetuate feminism, all the diverse disciplines of feminism.

Jenny Norton Humanities and Sustainability Lecture with Jamie Bechtel, Co-Founder and CEO of New Course
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 4:30pm
WGHL 481

In the complex world of conservation and poverty alleviation, ambient noises can be deafening.  Listening to the right people, in the right context with a non-biased mindset not only demonstrates respect but saves precious time and resources as you craft solutions to global problems.   Jamie demonstrates – in a lively romp through jungles, villages, oceans and boardrooms – how our environment and its inhabitants present constant clues for solutions if we are present enough to tune-out the ambient noise and tune in to the message: today matters.

Bringing her unique perspective from working as a marine biologist, environmental lawyer, and chief executive officer, Jamie shares with her audience the crucial role that listening plays in fostering solutions in the natural and human worlds. Perhaps most importantly, Jamie’s experiences provide a powerful and inspirational voice for a new way to drive global change by engaging the people whose voices too often go unheard: women.

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ASU Student Combats Global Vulnerabilities with Sustainable Technology, August 5, 2014

Source: Arizona State University News

akane-ota-sustainability-studentAkane Ota was living in a village far from Dhaka, Bangladesh, the overpopulated country’s capital. Her assignment with Grameen Bank, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning microfinance organization, asked that she survey villagers to assess their living conditions, then create a business plan to improve them.

Unfazed by the difficulty of this task, Ota made her way through the village, diligently collecting data. As she did so, two things become increasingly apparent: the connection between unreliable energy and inaccessible social services, and the environmental injury caused by non-renewable technology.

As Ota explains, “I was amazed by the beautiful untouched nature of Bangladesh. But I also saw highly polluted air and water, which was depressing.”

Around this time, Ota’s native Japan was shaken by a major earthquake that, in turn, triggered a tsunami reaching 133 feet in height. The wave disabled the power supply and nullified the cooling mechanisms for three reactors at Fukushima’s nuclear plant. The consequences of the subsequent meltdown left a lasting impression on Ota and heightened her passion for stable and sustainable energy.

Eager for solutions and up for a challenge, Ota enrolled in Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. Three years later, Ota is a Norton and Ramsey Sustainability Scholarship recipient researching energy sources that are stable, renewable and can support internet-based social services.

“Improving healthcare and education is one of the best ways to mitigate poverty. Having stable energy is the most effective and affordable way to make this happen,” Ota says.

Now entering her final year in the Energy, Materials and Technology track within the Bachelor of Science program, Ota appreciates the transdisciplinary resources and collaboration opportunities provided by the school. While developing a watch that doubles as a personal security device for women travelling alone, Ota and her team received guidance from three sustainability scientists with different areas of expertise.

Established in 2009 with a gift from  Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey, the Norton and Ramsey Sustainability Scholarship was the first endowed to undergraduate students. It is awarded each fall semester to a School of Sustainability undergraduate major (sophomore level or higher) who is interested in pursuing studies about how populations facing poverty and social justice issues may be more likely to benefit from sustainability practices.

Women and Gender Studies (with supportive origins from Jenny)

  • exploring and researching women and gender in society
  • teaching gender issues
  • researching best practices for sustainability

Jenny Norton Research Cluster on Women

  • questioning how feminism contributes to knowledge and participatory citizenship
  • making visible the workings of oppression in our society
  • interrogating the intersectionality as feminist theory and method to theories of globalism

Many women need medical and healthcare help, yet are uninsured or underinsured, undocumented or daughters of the undocumented — we of the Ramsey Foundation, are helping.
From Tempe St. Luke’s Women’s Health: “Despite the undeniable benefits of greater health awareness, women are still putting their health on hold. To bring greater attention to good health at every age, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital’s Women’s Services Department is available.”

From Jenny:  “Our Foundation’s charter stands strong for women’s reproductive rights.  As geologians, we are endorsing and promoting population control, zero population growth, for our healthy planet environment.  We strongly commend contraception, we promote planning; we ardently endorse reproduction rights and our right of pregnancy termination to be safe, to be legal, yet rare.”

Susan G. Komen

Jenny Lloyd Norton, Lin Sue Cooney, Denise McClain

A survivor of a rare chest cancer, Jenny’s chemotherapy circle was filled with friends whose infusions were for our breast cancer, and immediately we became involved in Komen and later, the Pink Pony Foundation.

Sponsoring many runs for the cure, on August 28, 2008, Jenny, attending our annual Komen event, was given the highest honor to represent with a small talk and a letter, Arizona’s most beloved breast cancer survivor, The Honorable Governor Janet Napolitano.

The Governor, now UC President, Honorable Napolitano couldn’t attend this event, because she was with Bob Ramsey, attending the Democratic Convention….on our Nation’s way to the stellar Obama Administration.

May we welcome you to be on our way: toward the cure?  Please Join Susan G. Komen!







News Updates, byline Gertrude Cotten:


Women for Transition Support:

Our homeless population consists of 40% women, and many of them are without a home because they left a crisis situation of domestic violence.  Our Housing and Urban Development Agency provides funds for temporary stays in Domestic Violence Shelters, but when the funds run out, the resident, in refusing to return to a violent partner, she often chooses the street, sadly a safer harbour, but still not a safe harbour.  Our Foundation’s work purpose, with many partners, is to give her safe and appropriate choices.

Journey Home

From Deanna Dent:

”The ASU Gammage-supported Journey Home offers sustainable arts programming in correctional institutions”:

“My life. My story. My sister. Myself.” “Fourteen voices chanted these lines, hands clapping and feet pounding on carpet inside the repurposed chapel of Estrella Jail in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. Those fourteen voices came from female inmates, the participants in the ASU Gammage-supported program Journey Home, an arts experience for incarcerated women. The program consists of three weeks of workshops and a final performance chosen by the women and program director Fatimah Halim and choreographer Teniqua Broughton. In its 19th year, the program varies in each iteration, adapting to its participants. On Saturday the performance resembled a confessional of sorts: Women stood in small groups with their backs turned, then turned one-by-one to face the audience and share a personal experience, asking not for sympathy or reaction, only listening. The stories included the birth of a grandson, addiction, gambling, childhood sexual abuse and the loss of a loved one.”


?“Bow down to her on Sunday,
Salute her when her birthday comes
For Halloween buy her a trumpet,
For Christmas, buy her a drum.”

~Reprinted with permission to JLNorton from Bob Dylan; Copyright © 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music

Cycle of Incarceration | Health & Family Well-Being | George Kaiser Family Foundation

George Kaiser Family Foundation