August 26 is Women's Equality Day

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Committee Members:

  • Louise Davidson
  • Nancy Draves
  • Judy Oeder
  • Martha Pool
  • Beth Malcus Stafa
  • Rebecca Tollefson

Women's Creed

We believe in God who creates women and men as partners in God’s image.

To work together in Harmony, respecting and honoring each other.

We believe that we are co-workers with God in creating and preserving life.

We believe in God who took human form to redeem us from fear and prejudice, anger and hatred, greed and selfishness.

We believe in Jesus, who empowered women and outcasts and gives them new life.

We believe in the Spirit, active in our world, who encourages and nurtures, strengthens and restores us.

We believe in the Spirit who quickens us to be involved in the work of the Kingdom (Reign of God).

From "Women’s Litany for a Worship Service of Lamentation and Hope." Go here to read the complete liturgy.

Links and Resources



By-Laws of Justice for Women Committee in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley

  1. The Justice for Women Committee (JFW) shall be a subcommittee of the Justice and Peacemaking Committee of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley.
  2. Membership: The Justice for Women Committee shall be comprised of a Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, and other members for a total not to exceed twelve (12) members, one of whom shall serve as liaison to Presbyterian Women in the PSV and one of whom shall serve as liaison to the Justice and Peacemaking Committee of the PSV. Members shall be recruited by JFW and the three leadership positions shall be elected by the members of JFW.
  3. Purpose: To be informed on issues that particularly, but not exclusively, affect women in the church and in society and to bring these concerns before the Presbytery and its churches.
  4. Responsibilities: 
    a. To provide resources and education regarding the concerns of women.
    b. To assist in identifying, recruiting, and training women for leadership in the church.
    c. To support women serving in leadership positions in the church.
    d. To interpret ad advocate on concerns and issues of women in church and society.

Adopted January 13, 2004 by the JFW Committee meeting at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH. (Revised, 11/13/07.)

Domestic Violence Resources

  1. Striking Terror No More: The Church Responds to Domestic Violence, excellent resource to help churches find creative and faithful solutions to address domestic violence. Order through PCUSA PDS #72-700-98-003. (*)
  2. “In Her Shoes” – interactive educational experience that takes people through the daily experience of a battered woman. Contact Jean Snyder, 
  3. “Anguished Hearts”, an excellent study guide to accompany “Turn Mourning Into Dancing”, Policy Statement on Healing Domestic Violence, $8, from PDS #70 270 03 025 (*)
  4. General Assembly – “Turn Mourning Into Dancing”, A Policy Statement on Healing Domestic Violence, (2001), published by The Office of the General Assembly, available at
  5. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 800-799-SAFE
  6. Study Paper on Family Violence (1991), PDS #OGA-01-019 (*)
  7. Study Guide for the Study Paper on Family Violence, PDS #283-91-001 (*)
  8. White Ribbon and the Founding Fathers
  9. Clothesline Project, contact Tracy Denham, with the Women’s Crisis Center, 859-372-3576 (Northern KY)
  10. Silent Witness
  11. Ohio Domestic Violence Network, 4807 Evanswood Drive, Columbus, OH 43229; 614-781-9651. Information line: 800-934-9840
  12. FaithTrust Institute (formerly Center for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence), 2400 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103; 877-860-2255
  13. Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence
  14. Justice for Women;
  15. Washington Office, PCUSA, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20002; 202-543-1126
  16. NAPC (National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen)
  17. Presbyterian Women in the Synod
  18. Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery
  19. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (National), 1025 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005; 202-628-7700
  20. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (Ohio) ; P.O. Box 82204, Columbus, OH 43202; Columbus area: 614-436-7213; Toll free in OH: 800-587-2330
  21. PHEWA -Presbyterian Health, Education, and Welfare Association, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396; 888-728-7228, ext.5794
  22. PARO – Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options
  23. PADVN – Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence
  24. Women’s Ministries (General Assembly)
  25. Office of Women’s Advocacy
  26. Women Thrive Worldwide

(*) Items from Presbyterian Distribution Services (PDS) can usually be ordered through The Presbyterian Church Store website or call toll-free at (800) 524-2612 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern time or contact via email.


Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimates that 50,000 people are trafficked into or transited through the U.S.A. annually as sex slaves, domestics, garment, and agricultural slaves.

The United States (U.S.) is a destination country for thousands of men, women, and children trafficked largely from East Asia, Mexico, and Central America for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. A majority of foreign victims identified during the year were victims of trafficking for forced labor. Some men and women, responding to fraudulent offers of employment in the United States, migrate willingly—legally and illegally—but are subsequently subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude or debt bondage at work sites or in the commercial sex trade. An unknown number of American citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country primarily for sexual servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced labor.

The U.S. Government (USG) in 2007 continued to advance the goal of eradicating human trafficking in the United States. This coordinated effort includes several federal agencies and approximately $23 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 for domestic programs to boost anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts, identify and protect victims of trafficking, and raise awareness of trafficking as a means of preventing new incidents.* – Adapted from U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2008* 

How an eastern Iowa teen prostitution, human trafficking ring took root

In the basement of an ordinary-looking Williamsburg home, the 13-year-old girl was given a choice. Either she would have sex with two men nearly twice her age or she would be given back to her kidnapper. Already in the week since Demont Bowie told the suburban Minneapolis girl she belonged to him, he’d beaten and abused her, starved her and deprived her of sleep. He traded her body to his friends and even a mechanic. When Demont told her to do something to someone, she did. There was no refusing. He’d said he’d kill her, kill her family, if she tried to leave.

Sex Victim Gives Voice to Problem

At 15, Theresa Flores was a self-described “blond, white girl” from an upper-class Detroit suburb and went out on date with a boy she knew from school. That night she was attacked and raped as the boy’s cousins took photos. It was the beginning of an agonizing two years for Flores. Her attackers – members of a gang – blackmailed her with the threat of revealing the photos and forced her to become a sex slave. Fearing for her life, she escaped only after her family moved from the state, taking her with them. “You don’t think that it happens here” in the suburbs, “and until it hits you between the eyes, you don’t realize it,” she said. “But it can happen to anybody.”

Resources on Human Trafficking


Sexual Violence



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