Upcoming Events

January Book Club

MONDAY, JANUARY 11 at 2:30 p.m.

"This Mournable Body" by Tsitsi Dangarembga

The UN Women-USA GCC Book Club will meet via Zoom in Monday, January 11, to discuss "This Mournable Body" by Tsitsi Dangarembga, who was one of the BBC's 100 women for 2020. The book, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, is a tense and psychologically charged novel that channels the hope and potential of a young Zimbabwean girl and her fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed.

The Gulf Coast Chapter Book Club focuses on reading books about women in developing countries and also serves as an educational, as well as literary and enjoyable, monthly forum. The book club meets every second Monday on Zoom or, when possible, at the Sarasota North County Library from 2:30-4:00. All members are invited to attend.

Contact Leita Kaldi Davis (lkaldi@hotmail.com) for the Zoom link and meeting ID or with questions about joining the book club.

Community Conversations

JANUARY (date TBD) on Zoom

The Female Athlete on Screen

Join us for a discussion with Jessie Auritt, Director of the 2021 short "The Paint Wizzard" and 2017 TWE favorite "Supergirl," and Christina Rosetti, Director of "The Long Haul 100," a 2021 feature. Q&A to follow.

To register, email Terry Rixse: comae48555@mypacks.net

Keep an eye out for emails and social media posts about more virtual discussions on Zoom about gender equality, community issues, and other topics our members care about. Past Community Conversations have covered the Shadow Pandemic, in which we invited Jessica Hayes, CEO of SPARCC to discuss intimate partner (domestic) violence; a discussion about Newtown Alive with historian Vickie Oldham and activist Walter Gilbert, III; and a look behind the lens with WOC filmmakers like Lenore Thomas, Alyscia Cunningham, Karen Arango, and Iman Zawahry.

[Virtual] Annual Lunch: Climate change is a woman's issue

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Are you a nature lover? Do you enjoy hearing from brilliant, inspiring women? Would you like to learn how we can make the world a better place? If so, you won't want to miss our Annual Luncheon February 13 on Zoom.

The theme is "Climate Change is a Women's Issue," and you'll have the opportunity to engage with experts like author, treetop explorer, and scientist Dr. Meg Lowman (aka Canopy Meg) as well as Dr. Heather O'Leary, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at USF. We'll also be honoring longtime GCC member Carol B. Green, hosting a virtual raffle and auction (where you can bid on prints like the one seen here from MaryAnn Vitiello Photography!), and previewing films from the upcoming 2021 Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival.

Learn more about this annual gathering and get tickets here.

[Virtual] Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival

Friday, March 5-Monday, March 8, 2021

In its 22nd year, this high-profile festival presents the very best in new, groundbreaking films by established and emerging filmmakers from around the world. And this year, we encourage you to stock up on your favorite snacks and prepare to get cozy on your couch this March, because we're taking our annual Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival virtual!

Over 360 films have been submitted, and tickets will go on sale soon. Stay up to date on TWE here.

Past Events

Bookstore1 and GCC:  A Community Conversation about Gender Equality and the Environment

January 26, Sunday A panel discussion with Christine Johnson, President of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and Dr. Heather O'Leary, Assistant Professor ISS-Anthropology, University of South Florida. Moderated by E. Scott Osborne and Chris Serio Martin. 


A HeForShe Community Event with Second Chance Last Opportunity.

February 29, Saturday: GCC teamed up with Second Chance Last Opportunity (SCLO) and hosted a HeForShe program encouraging men – fathers, uncles, stepfathers, brothers – to support the aspirations and gender equality of the young women in their lives.

The February dinner/dance engaged SCLO community members to gain a better understanding of how to be supportive male role models and advocate for gender equality as well as celebrate the aspirations of young women. For more about SCLIO: secondchancelastopportunity.org

Click here to learn more about HeForShe: https://unwomenusa.org/gcc/heforshe


Walk With Us

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Teams and individuals from all over the world took part in our virtual Walk to End Violence Against Women -- and together, we raised over $18,000. Learn more about this fantastic annual event here.

August Community Conversation: Behind the Lens With WOC Filmmakers

Thursday, August 13 at 5 p.m.: Join us on Zoom on Thursday, August 13 at 5 p.m. as Lenore Thomas (director and producer of Weep Not, a phenomenal short from TWE 2020), Alyscia Cunningham (I Am More Than My Hair, a 2020 TWE award-winning documentary short), Karen Arango (Families Together/Familias Unidas), Iman Zawahry, and other women filmmakers from our Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival participate in a panel discussion on race and gender in film. Q&A to follow.