Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz  and guest Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams on the author Octavia Butler and Modern Feminism 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 5/11/2020 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 5/13/2020 at 11 AM.

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 Octavia Butler and Modern Feminism


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1. Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams, Professor, African American Literature, Sonoma State University; Author


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1.  Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams shares her path to profess expertise on African American Literature and Multicultural Studies from Black sharecropping grandparents to being bused as a student in the 1970’s to integrate schools in Los Angeles County through hour-long rides from L.A. to San Fernando Valley, which enabled her to make friends with students with different backgrounds. The sacrifice of Dr. Hester Williams’ ancestors and the history of racism in this country drew her to study English Literature and the contributions of authors from different ethnic backgrounds. Kim talks about the impact on American Literature of Octavia Butler, considered to be the Grand Dame of American Science Fiction and a beacon in other literature realms, as well, who imagined worlds where African American women were heroes and helped build just communities. Dr. Hester Williams discusses Feminism and Intersectionality, which expands the mission of the Women’s Movement, embracing everyone in the community. Feminism addresses power and the fact that self-interest, possessive individualism and extractive capitalism belie the fact that we are interconnected.

About our Guest:  Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams is a Professor of English and American Multicultural Studies (AMCS) at Sonoma State University. She currently serves as Chair of American Multicultural Studies in addition to teaching nineteenth-century American literature, African American literature and culture. And is an affiliate faculty in Film Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University. She is co-editor, with LeiLani Nishime, of Racial Ecologies—a book collection of interdisciplinary essays on race and environment, published by the University of Washington Press in 2018. Her poetry is grounded in the long tradition of African American Womanist poetics. She is also currently an active member of the American Canyon So optimist Association, an organization that supports the economic empowerment and vitality of all women through education, training, and solidarity. Dr. Hester Williams takes great pride in merging her teaching, scholarship, and research about racial and gender equality with her commitment to community service, social justice, and enacting an equitable, sustainable society—in both personal and communal practice.

Guest Links: 

Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams, SSU site:  https://english.sonoma.edu/faculty-staff/kim-d-hester-williams

Racial Ecologies (2018) – The book collection includes a chapter Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams authored titled, “Earthseeds of Change: Post-Apocalyptic Mythmaking, Race, and Ecology in The Book of Eli and Octavia Butler’s Womanist Parables.”  https://uwapress.uw.edu/book/9780295743738/racial-ecologies/

Octavia Butler site:  https://www.octaviabutler.com/



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

National Women's History Alliance

May 10, 1872 – Victoria Woodhull is nominated as the first woman candidate for U.S. president for the Equal Rights Party

May 12, 1968 – A 12-block Mother’s Day march of “welfare mothers” is held in Washington, D.C., led by Coretta Scott King accompanied by Ethel Kennedy

May 15, 1970 – Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first women to do so

Her Birthdays This Week

May 10, 1958 – Ellen Ochoa, engineer, former astronaut and the current Director of the Johnson Space Center, the first Hispanic woman in the world to go to space when she served aboard the shuttle Discovery

May 11, 1875 (1912) – Harriet Quimby, first American woman to become a licensed airplane pilot (1911), first woman to fly across the English Channel (1912)

May 11, 1894 (1991) – Martha Graham, modern dance innovator and choreographer, first dancer to perform at the White House

May 11, 1906 (1975) – Ethel Weed, military officer in the Women’s Army Corp., promoted women’s rights and suffrage in Japan

May 12, 1900 (1994) – Mildred H. McAfee, first director of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in the United States Navy during World War II, first woman commissioned in the U.S. Naval Reserve and the first woman to receive the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, first woman to serve on the boards of New York Life Insurance, the New York Public Library, and RCA, she served as president of Wellesley College, a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and co-chair of President John F. Kennedy’s Women’s Committee for Civil Rights

May 12, 1907 (2003) – Katharine Hepburn, actor, performed for more than 60 years, won four Academy Awards for best actress including The Philadelphia Story and On Golden Pond, named top American screen legend of all time by American Film Institute (1999)

May 14, 1890 (1983) – Margaret Naumburg, progressive educator, founded the Walden School in New York, early pioneer of art therapy, developed Dynamically Oriented Art Therapy



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

August 26 – November 8, 2020, Petaluma’s Participation in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Petaluma Library and Historical Museum The Petaluma Museum Association’s suffrage exhibit has been rescheduled. This postponement has provided the opportunity to coordinate the exhibit’s opening reception with the national celebration of “Women’s Equality Day”. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 26th, 5 to 8 pm! The exhibit will be dedicated to our former Congresswoman, Lynn Woolsey, and our former Mayor, Helen Putnam, and we are delighted to report that Mayor Barrett will be attending the opening to bestow the honors.


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

For The Mothers, sung by Betsey Rose and the Women’s Choir from the Album Welcome to the Circle (2006 Paper Crane Music)

Sending you Light
sung by Betsy Rose and the Women’s Chorusfrom the album Welcome to the Circle (2006 Paper Crane Music)


For music purchasing opportunity:

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