Upcoming Events

September Book Club

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience by Anuradha Bhagwati

The UN Women-USA GCC Book Club will meet via Zoom in Monday, September 14, to discuss "Unbecoming" by Anuradha Bhagwai, which is the story of an Indian-American woman who joins the U.S.Marines. We'll discuss her journey from dutiful daughter of immigrants to radical activist fighting for historical policy reform in the American military. 

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

Join us monthly for a virtual discussion 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.

Keep an eye out for emails and social media posts announcing upcoming themes!

Walk With Us

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Beginning with an online fundraising campaign, this community walk in Sarasota helps raise awareness about violence against women. Walk solo, join an existing team, or start your own team! Learn more about this fantastic annual event here.

Annual Lunch: Climate change is a woman's issue

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Join us for an issue-oriented lunch at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Learn more about this annual gathering and get tickets here.

Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7, 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. 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


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.