believe that through sharing womyn's stories, our powerful voices
will build the bridges to a more compassionate and just world.
In Feminist Spirit~Shelley Graff
is available for your edutainment! As
a singer-songwriter, workshop facilitator and an educator, Shelley believes that women
grow to feel personal empowerment, laughter, and love by sharing
their stories through music.
taught at both the high school level for twenty-three years and the
college level for four years, Shelley has a Master's Degree in
Educational Foundations and a Women's Studies Certificate. Two
women's studies courses that Shelley is most proud of creating
and teaching are Diversity: A Program of Minority and Women's
Studies and Imagining Feminist Futures.
working extensively on the early political campaigns of the former
mayor of Cincinnati, Shelley honed her grass roots political and
fundraising skills to create the successful Milford
High School Women's Studies Scholarship, which celebrated
its ten year anniversary in 1999. Tracie Gooley, one of the 1989
said, "I consider earning the Women's Studies Scholarship one
of my rites of passage as a feminist."
addition to creating the women's studies scholarship, Shelley has facilitated
a women's book club for students and staff that meets once a month. Also,
members of the book club have traveled to universities to hear speakers
such as Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker. Because Shelley was fortunate
to have so many strong women role models in her life, she feels it is
imperative to educate, organize, and create opportunities that will help
to build bridges with women of all ages. Shelley's CD, Moon
Mama is a compilation of musical essays about her ongoing feminist
journey where words and actions go hand in hand.
is able to provide a wide variety of formats for your conference, workshop,
coffeehouse, and /or festival. Her interests in politics, history, sociology,
and literature create the backdrop for an interdisciplinary approach for
analyzing the many roles women have played in society.
State University, Shelley wove her stories about her political experiences
and songs into an address as a keynote speaker for a women and politics
conference. While giving a presentation for a Woman and Technology seminar
at the University of Cincinnati, Shelley shared her heart-warming slide
show and sang about her "Old Maid Aunts." This opened the door for a review
of untold or forgotten stories about family members while also addressing
the need to reclaim language to create a positive image of all women.
During Women's History Month at Miami University,
Shelley facilitated an evening in which coffeehouse participants wrote
and shared journal entries or artwork in response to her songs, sparking
a lively discussion about contemporary feminist issues.
workshop or panel discussion topics/themes include:
- Singing In Sacred Circle
as political activism and personal healing
and teaching a high school women's studies course
high school feminists through creating a women's studies scholarship
techniques for including women's history within a "traditional"
to voice from a woman's perspective
as personal empowerment
survival tips 101
community for action
classrooms where all voices are shared and heard
feel free to contact Shelley
with additional suggestions!
Women's Studies Events:
Women's Music Festival-Workshop Presenter: Building Bridges With High
Kentucky University Women's History Month Coffeehouse
University Women's History Month Concert/Roundtable Discussion
of Cincinnati: Women and Technology Seminar
- Ten Year
Anniversary Benefit Concert for the Milford High School Women's Studies
State University, Wilma E. Grote; Symposium for the Advancement of Women
Women Today Conference
Gulf Coast Womyn's Festival
Ladies Twenty Year Anniversary Benefit Concert