THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
“We are more effective when we speak in a collaborative and united voice.”
Attorney. Human rights, civil rights and women’s rights advocate. Promoter of social change. Public Policy maker and changer. Co-founder and first president of My Sister’s Place. Women Against Abuse. Established the first program for battered women who were incarcerated. OWL (Older Women’s League). Launched the National Campaign for Women’s Health. WOW (Wider Opportunities for Women). The Advocates for Human Rights.
Interviewed by Judy Waxman, July 2020
Photo 1. Joan at Washington University 1973. Photo 2. Joan Kuriansky, Executive Director, Wider Opportunities for Women, discusses WOW’s programs related to green training and opportunities for policymakers. The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute. 2010. Photo 3. Joan speaking to the press during the Eurasian Women’s Forum, where prominent leaders of the worldwide international feminist movement came together in the Northern Capital of Russia, 2015.
More About Joan:
- Joan receives Volunteer Award at The Advocates for Human Rights Virtual Awards Gala 2020.
- Joan Kuriansky Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Janie Rezner’s guest on Women’s Voices, KZYX, Joan Kuriansky 2014.
- National Elder Economic Security Standard Initiative – Joan Kuriansky 2010
- Women’s Economic Priorities & the 108th Congress – January 10, 2003. Joan Kuriansky, Executive Director, Wider Opportunities for Women.
- President Clinton’s first National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women 1995-1999, Advisory Council Member
- President’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform, March 29, 1993. Joan Kuriansky, Representative Campaign for Women’s Health.
- Joan receives “Gloria Steinem Award” from the Ms. Foundation 1992
- In 1972, the Virginia Law Women (VLW) embarked on an extraordinary project. Six members of the group—Joan Kuriansky, Susan Buckingham Reilly, Diane Pitts, Jackie Blyn, Diane Smock, and Tracy Thompson—researched and wrote a legal handbook for women in Virginia titled Your Legal Rights as a Woman: A Handbook for Virginians (1977).
- “Washington University Magazine, Summer 1973” 43, 4. (1973). Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri. Joan cited on pages 8, 18,19,21.
- My Sister’s Place
- Circles USA
- Project Kesher
- Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation
- The Advocates for Human Rights