Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B Holtz  with guests Dorothy Battenfeld on SRJC Adapting for Student Safety and Hilary Moore of Off the Page Readers Theater has been uploaded to the web archive.  The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM  on Monday 5/4/2020 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM on KBBF) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 5/6/2020 at 11 AM.

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 SRJC Adapts for Students’ Safety

Off the Page Readers Theater


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1. Dorothy Battenfeld , Vice-President, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Board of Trustees

2. Hilary Moore,  Co founder of Off the Page, a Sebastopol- based Readers Theater group


Our Featured Presentations

1.  Dorothy Battenfeld shares her journey to be a leader in education, beginning with the mentoring of her mother who was active in politics and elected to  a public office, teaching Social Scence at Montgomery High School for 30 years and then succesfully elected to the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees. Dorothy talks of the recent changes made at the JC in responding the the CoronaVirus, having had to transform 95% of the classes to online platforms.  Over 300 laptops were loaned to students to accomodate those students without such devices.  Hot spots for WiFi access to the internet classes have been set up around the county for those with poor reception of internet.  The recent federal CARES Act allows for $500 emergency grants for students with Social Security Numbers suffering econmic hardship because of the pandemic . The SRJC Foundation has set up  a Student Crisis Fund, and  donations can be given through the SRJC Foundation’s website.  Dorothy reminds us that we are today building our future with education of our community members.

About our Guest:  Dorothy Battenfeld, elected to the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees in 2014, currently serves as Board Vice-President. She lives in Santa Rosa and represents the Santa Rosa-Rohnert Park area on the seven-member Board. She serves on the California Community College Advisory Committee on Legislation and on the Affordability, Food and Housing Access Taskforce. Dorothy chairs the Santa Rosa Board of Trustees Finance Committee and is a member of the Scholarship Committee. A Social Science teacher at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa for 30 years, Dorothy coordinated Montgomery’s highly regarded International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, which she helped to found in 1995. In 2012, she was named International Baccalaureate Teacher of the Year by the California Association of IB World Schools, and has been awarded two Fulbright fellowships. She is a strong supporter of community colleges and public education and promoting better access and equity for all students.

Guest Links: 

SRJC Foundation Student Crisis Fund:  https://foundation.santarosa.edu/home

Santa Rosa Junior College: https://www.santarosa.edu/

SRJC Board of Trustees: https://trustees.santarosa.edu/

 Information for Students of SRJC
eg. CARES Act funds, Remote Classes, Social Distancing:  https://pr.santarosa.edu/faqs-students


2.  Hilary Moore shares her journey to co-founding the Off the Page Readers Theater (OTPRT) in Sebastopol.  Also a bit of background, just before Hilary came on we heard  the song No Sin to Be Poor sung and composesd by Pi Jacobs, who is Hilary Moore’s daughter. Hilary talks of the putting out the call for essays and writings from local authors on a certain theme, making selections from these submissions for the final script, and then presenting this at venues around the county.  Hilary reads a piece she has written for the show Detour, originally scheduled for June but postponed indefinitely to be announced via the OTPRT’s website or Facebook page.  Her essay recalls her “detour” delivering mail for the US Postal Service.

About our Guest:  Hilary Moore is co-founder of Off the Page, a Sebastopol based Readers Theater group that is dedicated to supporting the works of local writers and actors. Performances span a wide range of material from comic, tragic, dark, light, and beautiful.  Hilary had humble beginnings; her early roots were in Hunter’s Point Housing Project in San Francisco. After several moves and upgrades, the family moved to Corte Madera…..quite a change! After graduating high school, she lived in Mexico City for 5 months, became bilingual, and started a lifelong love of Latino culture. Hilary married at age 20, had their daughter at 21. She worked as a waitress, mail carrier, and teacher while raising her daughter as a single mom in SF, and later in Graton. Her acting performances began in Improv in 1983. She moved to Redding, to Port Townsend WA., and finally back to Sonoma Co. Since retirement she’s been teaching Spanish at home, and producing, directing, and acting in Off the Page Readers Theater.

Guest Links:

Off the Page Readers Theater page https://www.facebook.com/OTPRT/

OFTPRT website: https://www.offthepagetheater.com/

Contact Hilary to be added to a list of folks wishing to be informed of show dates and for submissions: sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com



A larger Compilation is at the National Women’s History Alliance

National Women's History Alliance

May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, named Library of Congress’s Consultant in Poetry (later called Poet Laureate) in 1985

May 5, 1938 – Dr. Dorothy H. Andersen presents results of her medical research identifying the disease cystic fibrosis at a meeting of the American Pediatric Association

May 6 – 12 Nurses Week

May 8, 1914 – President Woodrow Wilson signs a Proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day
May 10, 1872 – Victoria Woodhull is nominated as the first woman candidate for U.S. president for the Equal Rights Party

Her Birthdays This Week

May 1, 1830 (1930) – Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, labor leader and organizer

May 1, 1924 – Evelyn Boyd Granville, the second African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from an American University (Yale, 1949)

May 3, 1898 (1987) – Septima Clark, educator, civil rights activist, called “The Grandmother of the Civil Rights Movement”

May 3, 1901 (1981) – Estelle Massey Osborne, first African-American nurse to earn a master’s degree, integrated the American Nurses Association and served on its board of directors (1948-52)

May 3, 1912 (1995) – May Sarton, prolific writer, poet, and memoirist, published in Poetry magazine at 17 years of age, she also taught at several universities including Harvard and Wellesley

May 5, 1921 (2008) – Del Martin, lesbian rights pioneer, who along with her wife Phyllis Ann Lyon founded the Daughters of Bilitis in San Francisco (1955) the first social and political organization for lesbians in the U.S., they were the first same-sex couple to be married in California (2004 and 2008)



Check links in case of postponements or cancellations due to pandemic precautions.


January 25 through September 13, 2020,  From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County.  Please note: Fee is required for entry to museum. For more information visit https://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/


League of Women Voters of Sonoma County has scheduled candidate debates and ballot measure discussions. See their webpage listing the events at https://www.facebook.com/lwvsonomacounty/


Women's Suffrage Project 2020Sonoma County Women’s Suffrage Project  https://socowomen2020.org/
with Calendar of related Events at https://socowomen2020.org/calendar


Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin:

The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

Shed a Little Light sung by Diana Jarkuff from the Album All Around the World in One Bloody Night (2006 ATS – Records)

No Sin to Be Poor
sung by Pi Jacobs from the album Two Truths and A Lie (2020 That Crazy Chick Music /ASCAP)


For music purchasing opportunity:

Link:  Spinitron.com Playlist for Women’s Spaces Show