YOU'VE NOW MADE IT 1/3 OF THE WAY TO THE FINSH LINE!
You've got this! Keep it up! You are growing a better world with all 1,031 of us right beside you! We know life gets busy, and we're all just doing the best we can. So thank you so much for the seeds you've been able to scatter so far, and the seeds you will scatter the rest of the way. We're so glad you're marching with us!
Seed of Inspiration
Each Thursday, in honor of "Throwback Thursday" and Women's History Month, we'll bring you a biography of a "seedy" woman of history of whom it can be said: "nevertheless, she persisted."
This Thursday, we bring you the biography of fellow marcher and champion of Seeds to Scatter, Vivian Castleberry. When I first floated the idea of this blog, Vivian was the first to reach out to me in support. After exchanging emails, we had a wonderful conversation on the phone where I shared with her my vision and she shared with me her amazing story. Though Vivian may be 94, she got to work right away with the energy of someone half her age contacting all her friends and colleagues about Seeds to Scatter and encouraging them to sign up. Her partnership has been invaluable, and I can't wait to share her inspiring story with you today.
Vivian served as the first female editor of the Dallas Times Herald where she and her staff of 11 transformed the content of the paper’s Living section from coverage of high society and weddings to include stories of social significance including Second Wave of the Women’s Movement, pioneering subjects considered inappropriate for “women’s news.”
Not only is Vivian an editor and a journalist, she is also Woman's Rights Activist who has left her mark on the state of Texas and the world. She is a founder of the Women’s Center of Dallas, Women’s Issues Network, the Dallas Women’s Foundation and the Family Place, Dallas’ first shelter for victims of spousal abuse.
After 28 years in journalism, she took early retirement in 1984 and has written four books about women’s contributions to their cities and countries:
- Daughters of Dallas : a History of Greater Dallas Through the Voices and Deeds of its Women. Dallas, TX: Odenwald Press.
- Texas Tornado : the Autobiography of a Crusader for Women's Rights and Family Justice. New York, NY: Citadel Press.
- Sarah--the Bridge Builder : Dowager of a Dallas Dynasty. Dallas, TX: Odenwald Press.
- And our personal favorite: Seeds of Success : How a Few Women Changed the Landscape of American Business. Dallas, TX: Women's Enterprise Magazine.
On the second of her four trips to Russia, she was inspired by Dr. Lily Golden, professor of anthropology at the University of Moscow, to
“go home and bring us your women. Men talk peace while preparing for the next war. If ever we are to have peace in our world, women will have to do it, settling world conflicts the same way they have always settled children’s squabbles in their own back yards.”
Back home in Dallas, Vivian invited women leaders to form Peacemakers, Inc., which later created the Castleberry Peace Institute, now at home at the University of North Texas where it is known as the UNT Castleberry Peace Institute. In August 1988, Peacemakers held the first of three international women’s peace conferences for one week at Southern Methodist University that drew 2,000 delegates from 57 countries and 37 of the 50 U.S. states!
With her late husband, Curtis, Vivian reared five daughters while working full time at a career that was as exhilarating as it was exhausting. She has 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Today, she is awaiting the birth of her 17th great grandchild, making the Castleberry Clan now a total of 50.
*To watch the PBS documentary about Vivian, click here.
Seed of Action
For Thank You Thursday this week, we'd like you to take a moment to thank journalists like Vivian Castleberry who serve the public by seeking the truth and reporting it in a way that is accurate, ethical, courageous, and honest. You can do this by scattering one or more of the following three seeds that support our members of the press:
- Write a thank you email to Vivian Castleberry or another journalist of your choosing for courageously reporting the truth. Vivian's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn how to identify fake news by clicking here.
- Most importantly, don't be a news-freeloader. Subscribe (i.e. pay) for at least one great source of news. Strapped for cash? NPR is an excellent choice and it's donation-based, so you can give whatever amount you are able. Still not sure which one to pick? Refer to this handy infographic:
We estimate 26,948 seeds have been scattered so far! You've got this!
Would you like to be featured in our occasional "Meet a Marcher" blurb? We'd particularly like to lift up those whom feminists have often left out -- men, people of color, people with disabilities, and transgendered persons. Send us your profile pic and a 1-2 sentence bio to email@example.com!
Keep us posted on your seedy adventures by emailing your pics or stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us an Instagram or Tweet @seedstoscatter and we'll share it with your fellow marchers!
I will have limited access to internet until March 17, so please forgive me if I'm not quick to respond!
And above all, scatter with love!