Women’s Leadership Alliance

The Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) began as the Female Samaritan Society in 1838 to assist the congregation and the community. Women were not allowed to attend annual meetings of the congregation until 1848. Since that time the WLA has continued as an independent organization within First Unitarian emphasizing the importance of women’s issues and voices, supporting local and national groups who advocate for women’s rights, providing educational and mentoring activities, and supporting women as ministers.

Statement of Purpose

1. Fostering and encouraging the expression of women’s interests,

2. Developing women and girls to be leaders,

3. Assisting women in their growth toward self-realization,

4. Promoting the sisterhood of women,

5. Supporting the mission of the congregation, UUWA and UUWF.


Pat Steele – President

Kathy Ivans – Vice President

Nancy Witherell – Secretary

First Unitarian Book Group, 2019

Meets the second Monday of the month, 7:00 pm in the Frances White Room (contact Pat Steele (pmsteele@me.com). Dates and locations are subject to change please watch the weekly e-announcements for more information.

January 14: The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Mexican Border, Francisco Cantú, 240 pages

“The son of a park ranger, Francisco Cantú grew up in the southwest. When he joined the Border Patrol, he became witness to the stark realities of the desert, where the obligations of his job weighed heavy against his sense of humanity. “

February 11: The Leavers, Lisa Ko, 368 pages

“One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home…Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson… Set in New York and China, The Leavers is… a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.”

March 11: The Road Home: A Novel, Rose Tremain, 432 pages

“In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife’s death, Lev makes his way from Eastern Europe to London, seeking work to support his mother and his little daughter…Homesickness dogs Lev, not only for nostalgic reasons, but because he doesn’t belong, body or soul, to his new country–but can he really go home again?”

April 8: Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, Beth Macy, 384 pages (Nancy Wolf) “Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction…Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus.”

and/or Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, Sam Quinones, 400 pages

“Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin…Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin…assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system.”

May 13: Tinkers, Paul Harding, 191 pages

“Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation to the next. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, it is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.”

June 10: When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi, 228 pages

“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student…into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.”

September 9: Leadership in Turbulent Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin, 496 pages

“Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin demonstrates how leaders are made, not born…Most fascinating is Goodwin’s revelations about how very differently Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson approached not only their political careers but how they developed the character traits that helped them see—or make—a path toward a critical response that many others disagreed with.”

October 14: Becoming, Michelle Obama, 448 pages

“In her memoir…Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her— from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.”

November 11: Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 543 pages

“With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960.”

December 9: 2020 book pick

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  1. Kay Corkett permalink
    January 4, 2017

    So interesting and informative to read an introduction to the Women’s Alliance and the programs offered in 2016-17. Look forward to attending those planned for 2017.

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