ICAH event honoring Jenny Knauss on Nov. 16th

Location: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Chicago

Time: 6 to 9pm

If you would like to gather after the event to share memories of Jenny and CWLU please RSVP to Estelle Carol at infogal[at]cwluherstory.org. Suggestions of where to gather are welcome.

ICAH is truly saddened by this loss of a leader and tireless advocate, and will honor her memory and give tribute to her legacy at a fall ICAH 35th anniversary celebration and reunion gathering.  Jenny died on June 11, 2012. Two awards will be presented: The Jenny Knauss Youth Advocate Award and the Jenny Knauss Emerging Organization Award.

See the details in the ICAH event notice below and BUY TICKETS for $75 at the ICAH website.  Please send this notice to friends and colleagues. We hope you will be able to come, meet old friends, honor Jenny and learn about plans the Caucus has in the coming year.

New Jenny Knauss bio on Herstory website

With the ICAH 35th anniversary event rolling around, we added a bio of Jenny Knauss to our bio section by Yamani Hernandez, which was also featured on the ICAH website.

Remembering Jennifer Knauss, Fierce Leader and Advocate

Jennifer Knauss was a active CWLU member from its beginning to its end. Born in UK, she spent 5 years in Nigeria and Ghana before coming to US. Her first work for CWLU was working on a draft of an anti-imperialism paper with Vivian Rothstein and others. She then worked on the liberation school workgroup, participated in a day care group and the sit-in at City Hall to demand more day care. Jenny was also active in developing health programs in CWLU. This was partly done in collaboration with two other English women: Rachel Fruchter, who were working on women's health issues in New York City at the time, and Deb Dobbin, Jenny's sister, who was a strong link with JANE.

Jenny Knauss legacy

Jenny Knauss was a leading presence in the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (CWLU) as a member of the Ms O’Leary Chapter, a founder and teacher in the Liberation School, and in women’s health projects.

Jenny epitomized the warmth and enthusiasm of the women’s movement for changing women’s consciousness. Her generous spirit and ready laugh touched all who knew her – from young women in an Our Bodies Our Selves class, to a picket line or CWLU members achieving consensus at yet a another meeting.

For all your work and more, we love and miss you.

Jenny donated her files to McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University (accessible for research).