Feminist-Friendly Resources in the Miami Valley

This inventory was created by Dr. Judith Ezekiel and the following students from her Spring 2015 Feminist Activism Service Learning course at Wright State University: Gloria Graziano, Kathy Hayes, Jameela Henderson, Hannah Hendrix, Toshia Johnson, BreAnna Kusko, Tiree Moore, Carly Perkins, Stephanie Rushing, and Kelsey Tingler.

Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance
A feminist organization that works to promote and protect the rights of all women.

Ohio Feminist Organizations

National Council of Negro Women 
633 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-0120
A national organization for women of African descent that uses research, advocacy, and national and community based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment to help women and their families.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio 
61 Jefferson Ave
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-2594
Toll Free: 800-GO-NARAL

12000 Shaker Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 283-2180
NARAL Pro-Choice is a grassroots political pro-choice organization created to protect and fight for women’s reproductive rights.

Ohio National Organization for Women (NOW)
Ohio NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society, by eliminating sexism and ending all oppression.

Ohio Women Inc. 
OWI’s mission is to bring women together to foster cooperation and collaboration to improve the lives of women and girls in Ohio. OWI has a list from all over Ohio of women’s resource.

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio 
2323 W. Fifth Ave.
Suite 230
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 225-9926
A public foundation that is working to transform the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all women working together.

Reproductive Health Services

Dayton Women’s Health Center/Women’s Med Dayton
1401 E. Stroop Rd.
Dayton, OH 45429
(937) 293-3917
(800) 672-6810
A surgical facility licensed by Ohio Department of Health which specializes in first- and second-trimester abortions, with a complication rate of less than one-half a percent. Physicians are available by phone 24 hours a day for any post-surgery concerns.

Kettering Reproductive Health
3533 Southern Blvd., Suite 4100
Kettering, OH 45429
(937) 395-8444
(877) 643-8444
This facility offers fertility services including in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, egg donation, egg preservation, and embryo cryopreservation.

Planned Parenthood – Kettering Philips Center
224 N. Wilkinson St.
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 226-0780
This Planned Parenthood clinic offers abortion referrals, emergency contraception, contraceptive education and services, HIV testing, STD testing and treatment, and gynecological examinations (including breast exams, Pap tests, cervical cancer screenings, and pelvic exams).

Women Have Options Ohio (WHO/O)
P.O. Box 1611
Columbus, OH 43216
Women Have Options Ohio is Ohio’s statewide abortion fund, helping low-income women afford their reproductive choices.

Women Veterans Health Program 
4100 W. Third St.
Building 341, Primary Care Addition (PCA)
Dayton, OH 45428
This program provides gynecological screening and care for women veterans.

Wright State Physicians
Berry Women’s Health Pavillion, Suite 4130, Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St., Dayton, OH 45409

Wright State Physicians Health Center

725 University Blvd., Fairborn, OH 45324
(937) 208-6810 (for all locations)
Offers comprehensive OB/GYN care, including annual exams as well as surgical treatments.

Violence Against Women

Sexual Assault and Rape

Butler County Rape Crisis Program

110 South College Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056
Hotline: (513) 523-4149
Phone: (513) 523-4146
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm M-F
The Butler Country Rape Crisis Program offers a hotline, protection order assistance, victim compensation assistance, police advocacy, court advocacy, hospital advocacy, support groups, free counseling and counseling for a fee.

Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office- Victim/Witness Division
Montgomery County Courts Building
P.O. Box 972
41 North Perry St., Room 212
Dayton, OH  45422
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm M-F
24-Hour Hotline: (937) 225-5623
Provides information and referrals, police advocacy, court advocacy, protection order assistance, victim compensation assistance, case management, hotline, hospital advocacy, support groups, survivor needs kits, and prevention education. Responds to area hospital emergency rooms. Supportive services and advocacy are provided regardless of whether an offender is identified and/or prosecuted.

Good Samaritan Hospital

2222 Philadelphia Dr.
Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 278-2612
Offers information and referrals, sexual assault examinations (Rape Kit), STI prevention treatment, and 24-hour care.

YWCA Dayton
141 W 3rd St
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 461-550
24 Hour Crisis Line: (937) 222-7233
Provides confidential domestic violence and sexual assault supportive services. These services include prevention, intervention, education, advocacy, clinical series, 24-Hour crisis line, and shelter services.
Domestic Violence

Artemis Center
310 West Monument Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Phone: (937) 461-5091
24 hour helpline: 222-SAFE (7233).
The Artemis Center provides support and information for victims of domestic violence and their children. Their website has facts about domestic violence as well as resources to inform and help others.

YWCA Dayton
141 West Third St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 461-5550
24-hour crisis line: (937) 222-7233
A domestic violence and sexual assault service provider that offers confidential crisis intervention and supportive services specifically for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They provide prevention, intervention, education, advocacy and therapy.

Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, Victim/Witness Division

Montgomery County Courts Building
P.O. Box 972
41 North Perry St., Room 212
Dayton, OH  45422
24-hour domestic violence hotline: 222-SAFE
Advocates provide assistance for domestic violence victims whose cases are being prosecuted through the Common Pleas Court. Advocates also network with and provide referrals to Artemis Center and the YWCA Shelter and Housing Network.

New Choices, Inc. Domestic Violence Shelter
Sidney, OH 45365
(937) 498-7261
New Choices provides safety planning, emergency shelter, job skills training, court advocacy and child advocacy for people who are living or have lived in abusive relationships.

Human Trafficking

Human and Sexual Trafficking National Confidential Hotline

24/7 hotline: 1-888-3737-888

Montgomery County Human Trafficking Hotline

Abolition Ohio
A partner in the Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

BE FREE Dayton 
425 N. Findlay St.
Suite 116
Dayton, OH 45403
Be Free Dayton aims to abolish and prevent sex trafficking through education, outreach, demand reduction and research.

Self Defense

Valor Martial Arts
11 North Elm St.
West Carrollton, OH
(937) 694-0029
Martial Arts classes taught for women, by women.

R.A.D. (Rape, Aggression, Defense) Systems 
The R.A.D system consists of instructors that work with women (and men) to educate on personal safety against violence. It “balances the needs of women to acquire self-defense education in a relatively short period of time, with the lifelong commitment required for physical skill mastery.”  It is offered by independent instructors and through many police departments, including the following:

Kettering Police Department
3600 Shroyer Rd
Kettering, OH 45429
Phone: (937) 296-2555

City of Moraine Police Department
4200 Dryden Rd.
Moraine, OH 43439
Phone: (937) 535-1166

Tipp City Police Department
260 S. Garber Dr.
Tipp City, OH 45371
Phone: (937) 667-3112, x8319

Troy Police Department
Troy, OH 45373
Phone: (937) 339-7525 x423

New Choices, Inc. (Domestic Violence Shelter)
Sidney, OH 45365
Phone: (937) 498-7261

Women and Law, Legal Aid

Artemis Center
310 West Monument Ave.
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 461-5091
Hotline: 222-SAFE (7233)
The Artemis Center provides victims of domestic violence with information about their civil and criminal court options, referrals to legal services, and can provide accompaniment to court.

Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project
(937) 461-3857
(Referral required from Legal Aid of Western Ohio.)
The GDVLP provides pro bono legal services for approximately 1,000 civil cases a year, predominantly in family law, to underserved clients.

Resources for Women of Color

WSU Black Women Striving Forward
Wright State campus organization that serves to strengthen the community of black women at WSU. They strive to help with the retention rate of students, academic excellence, personal and professional development, and cultural awareness, all with a strong focus on African American women.

Black Career Women’s Network
This online network, based in Cincinnati, offers career advice, holds events, and offers mentors and coaches.

National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Central Ohio chapter
P.O. Box 360951
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 656-2290
The NCBWCOC advocates on behalf of African American women through national and local actions and strategic alliances to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

Women of Wisdom in Dayton
P.O. Box 3047
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 314-1969
Non-profit organization for women 25 years and older, from all backgrounds, who serve the community. They strive to bring about change in Dayton. Issues discussed may include discrimination, finances, relationships, self esteem, ambition, courage, friendships, education, health and fitness, spiritual growth and disease and preventative measures.  The group’s ultimate goal is to become better women while improving the lives of families in Dayton with an emphasis on women and girls.

Black Women's Think Tank
Educates women of color on matters of economic empowerment, sex and power, family and relationships, spiritual growth, and politics. Holds an annual conference at Sinclair Community College.

Alliance for Immigrant Women – Cincinnati
(513) 361-2150
The AIW consists of over 20 agencies that have united to develop prevention and intervention programming and to coordinate services for immigrant/non-English speaking victims in the community to ensure they have access to necessary resources.

Association of Asian Indian Women in Ohio
6172 Chagrin Highlands Dr.
Solon, OH 44139
(440) 218-6959
Organization dedicated to helping women in need. Offers support & counseling, legal assistance, financial assistance, transportation, babysitting, housing, domestic violence support, and more. Based in Solon, OH, but offers a mailing list and newsletter.

Mujer Latina Today
Based in Ohio, is a social network operated by Lorena Mora-Mowry. It is a “platform for Latinos to share their talent, views, news, concerns and successful stories.” Mora-Mowry organizes volunteer work and advocates for the rights of immigrant survivors of domestic violence.     

LGBTQ Resources and Spaces

The Greater Dayton LGBT Center 
P.O Box 1203
Dayton, OH 45401
(937) 274-1776
The Greater Dayton LGBT Center mission is to help create programs that enhance the lives of sexual minorities in Dayton and the Miami Valley.

PFLAG Dayton
P.O. Box 3721
Dayton, OH 45401
Help Line: (937) 640-3333
PFLAG Dayton offers support, advocacy, and education for families, parents, and people of the LGBTQ community.

Youth First- Greater Dayton
P.O. Box 3721
Dayton, OH 45401
Phone: (937) 640-3333
Youth First – Greater Dayton, a subdivision of PFLAG Dayton, provides a support system for sexual minority youth and a safe environment for youth to socialize and meet.

Lesbian Dayton
Lesbian Dayton’s mission is to build a welcoming and accessible community in the Miami Valley.

Equality Ohio
Phone: (614) 224-0400
118 East Main St.
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Equality Ohio is a non-profit organization that advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity in the state of Ohio for people of the LGBTQ community.

Women and Poverty

St Vincent De Paul                       ...
120 W. Apple St.
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 461-7837                                                                             
Serves adults and families in the Miami Valley who are on the brink of becoming homeless or who are already homeless, St Vincent de Paul provides daily meals, showers, clothing, personal care items, mail and messaging service, and access to full-time case managers who assist their guests in achieving permanent housing based on their individual needs.

Women, Infants, And Children (WIC)
PHDMC (Public Health, Dayton and Montgomery County)
Reibold Building
117 South Main St.
Dayton, Ohio 45422
(937) 225-4395
A government program designed to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk. WIC’s mission is to provide nutritious foods to supplement diets, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services.

33 W. 1st St.
Suite 100
Dayton, OH 45402
Administrative Office/Programs: (937) 293-1945
Resource Hotline: (937) 222-1981
Works to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education to women and families. They offer comprehensive range of care and services, from homelessness prevention to permanent housing. Homefull is a part of a network of services in Montgomery County designed to help people help themselves.

Clothes That Work
1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Suite 392
Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 222-3778
A non-profit organization that provides professional clothing, image counseling and training for job-seeking women in Montgomery County. In addition to providing interview-appropriate clothing and training on how to dress for work, they also hold seminars, give interview tips and coach clients on how to exhibit appropriate professional behavior.

Women and Politics

The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute
37 West Broad St., Suite 970
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0777
An eight-month program created to encourage and train women in business and civic leadership to assume more prominent roles, either elected or appointed, in government and in the Republican Party.

The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus (ODWC)
340 East Fulton St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6563
Works in partnership with the Ohio Democratic Party to motivate, educate, empower and energize Democratic women by recruiting women to run for office, increasing women’s leadership roles within Democratic politics, and organizing women to elect Democrats at the local, state and national level.

The Baldwin Wallace Center for Women and Politics of Ohio
275 Eastland Road
Berea, Ohio 44017
A non-partisan center devoted to providing information about women who have run for public office in Ohio. The mission of the center is to serve as both a historical record and a source of data for scholars, students, and the general public who are interested in research on women and politics in Ohio history.

League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area
131 N. Ludlow St.
Talbott Tower, Suite 1208
Dayton, OH 45402-1703
(937) 228-4041
A political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy.


Boys & Girls Club Dayton
1828 West Stewart St.
Dayton, Ohio 45417
(937) 262-8377
Works to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of The Greater Miami Valley – Dayton
2211 Arbor Boulevard
Moraine, Ohio 45439
(937) 220-6850
Works to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio – Dayton
450 Shoup Mill Rd.
Dayton, Ohio 45415-3518
(937) 275-7601
The preeminent organization for girls 5-17 years old. Girl Scouting provides the freedom for girls to be themselves and discover just who they are in a safe and fun environment.

Girls Inc. ® at the YWCA
141 W. 3rd St.
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 461-5550
Provides a safe place for girls 11-18 where their interests, opinions, and concerns are valued by adults and other girls, offering adult mentors with expertise in issues girls face, experiences that broaden girls’ horizons and counter stereotypes, curricula built on research that provides age-appropriate knowledge and builds girls’ skills, and hands-on, challenging, and fun activities that encourage girls to embrace learning.

Women & Military

Women Veterans Health Center
Dayton Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center
4100 West Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428
(937) 267-3921 Ext. 3921
Assures access to VA healthcare for eligible Women Veterans. Designated women’s health providers are available at each site of care. WVHP provides outpatient, inpatient, and long-term care. The WVHP goal is to address the needs of women veterans by providing accessible comprehensive healthcare throughout their lifespan.

Ohio Women’s Business Programs

Entrepreneurship and Business Assistance Centers 
(614) 466-2711
A listing of programs and services to support the development of woman-owned business, provided by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Awesome Women in Business, Columbus, OH
Provides a supportive community where women in business share ideas, build relationships and promote personal and professional growth so that women can be confident leaders and succeed.  They have regular meetings, provide speakers and social events.

Bad Girl Ventures, Cincinnati, OH
P.O. Box 556
Cincinnati, OH 45201
(513) 421-0305
Highly localized micro-lending organization focused on funding women-owned start-ups in the Greater Ohio region (also has an office in Cleveland, OH).

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW) 
1718 M St., NW, #148
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-1100 
Empowers working women to achieve their full potential and partners with employers to build successful workplaces through education, research, knowledge, and policy.

Ohio Business Development Center
(614) 285-6234
Provides professional business services, networking events, procurement and certification assistance, crowdfunding assistance, and training workshops for Ohio’s microenterprises.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Columbus, OH
118 Graceland Boulevard
Suite 175
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 636-2926
Brings together women business owners in Central Ohio to collaborate, connect, and grow through strategic alliances and exclusive business.

The Transition Network – Central Ohio
An inclusive community of professional women, 50 and forward, whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources, and opportunities.

Women Educating Women
(614) 837-8370
Provides workforce education grant money to micro-enterprises owned and operated by women.

Women/Girls in Science

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Program & Partnerships Team Leader, Dayton: Sara Kelley, (937) 279-6537
Program & Partnerships Manager, Dayton: Carrie Hurley, (937) 279-6542
Provides STEM programming for girls in areas like electronics, circuitry, environmental science, robotics, and computer coding.

University of Dayton Women Engineering Program (WEP)
Kettering Laboratories 261
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
(937) 229-2407
Provides information about academic and career opportunities for engineering students and provides volunteer opportunities encouraging female middle and high school students to pursue careers in engineering.

Women in Engineering and Computer Science Day – Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-5011
An event for female high school students who want to learn about computer science and engineering majors at Wright State.

Women in Engineering Summer Camp – University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
(937) 229-2407
A summer camp open to high school women to meet female engineering students, conduct experiments, and learn about engineering.

Women in Science Giving Circle – Wright State University
106 Oelman Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-3180
An organization which creates research grants and scholarships to improve educational and professional prospects for female students and faculty members in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) at Wright State.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEM) – Sinclair Community College
444 West Third St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Dir. Susan Luken: (937) 512-3049
The WiSTEM Sumer Institute allows female students in grades 10 to 12 to explore all STEM areas that are available at Sinclair.

Young Women’s Summer Institute – Ohio Supercomputer Center
(614) 292-9248
A week-long summer program at The Ohio State University campus for middle-school Ohio girls (Grades 6 and 7) promoting computer, science, math, and engineering skills. Sponsored by the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

Bookstores with Women’s Studies Collections

Blue Jacket Books
30 S Detroit St.
Xenia, OH
(937) 376-3522
A bookstore owned by a professor of anthropology and gender studies, which is reflected in the selection of books offered. The store holds events and book readings of interest to women’s studies and is welcoming to suggestions from the community and local universities. The women’s studies section includes sub-sections for gay and lesbian literature, as well as feminist history and erotica.

Half Price Books
3310 Pentagon Park Blvd.
Beavercreek, OH 45431
(937) 431-1820
Includes books on women’s studies, gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, as well as gay and lesbian fiction and gay erotic art/photography.

Barnes & Noble
2720 Towne Dr. #200
Beavercreek, OH
(937) 429-1660

Mad River Station Shopping Center

2619 Miamisburg Centerville Rd
Miamisburg, OH
(937) 433-0750
This store offers a women’s studies section in their cultural studies area.

Dark Star Books 
237 Xenia Ave.
Yellow Springs, OH
This store offers a women’s studies section, as well as a gay and lesbian studies section.

Around About Books
8 W. Main St, Troy, OH 45373
(937) 339-1707

People Called Women
6060 Renaissance Place
Toledo, OH 43623
(419) 469-8983
Since 1993, this bookstore has specialized in multicultural children’s books, non-fiction, memoirs, lesbian fiction and romance in addition to mainstream books.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Departments

University of Cincinnati 
7148 Edwards One
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(553) 556-5860

University of Dayton
Alumni Hall 208
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
(937) 229-4285

Wright State University
149 Millett Hall
Dayton, OH 45345
(937) 775-4818

Earlham College

Miami University
120 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-4616

The Ohio State University
286 University Hall
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-1021

Women’s Centers at Universities

Wright State University Women’s Center
148 Millett Hall
Dayton, OH 45345
(937) 775-4524

University of Dayton Women’s Center
Alumni Hall 2nd Floor
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
(937) 229-5390

University of Cincinnati Women’s Center
Steger Student Life Center Suite 571
PO Box 210179
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-4401

Ohio State University Women’s Place
400 Stillman Hall
1947 College Rd.
Columbus OH 43210
(614) 292-3960

Womyn’s Center Earlham College
801 National Rd. W
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 983-1200 (General Switchboard)
(Note: Must scroll to bottom of page to find the Womyn’s Center on the website.)

Women’s Center at Miami University
127 McGuffey Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-1510

Student Organizations

Women of Remarkable Distinction!about
University of Dayton
A service organization that serves as an advocate for change.

Ladies of A-Heart 
Wilberforce University
A social organization which promotes unity and sisterhood while participating in community service.

Women Empowering Women

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance

The Ohio State University
An organization that provides girls skills and confidence to become leaders.

American Association of University Women
The Ohio State University
2070 Neil Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Women and Allies Rising in Resistance 
The Ohio State University
An organization that works toward bringing various communities and intersectionalities together.

Women in Math and Science
The Ohio State University
An organization that elevates women in the math and science fields

Research Institutes

Institute on Women
1890 Northwest Blvd – Suite 320
Columbus, OH  43212
(614) 859-9469
Works to improve the lives of 5.9 million women and girls in Ohio by serving as a data-rich resource for strategic change.


Dayton-Montgomery County Library, Main Branch

215 E. Third St.
Dayton, OH   45402
(937) 463-2665

United Theological Center

Women’s Center
4501 Denlinger Road
Dayton, OH  45426
(937) 529-2201
Library:  (937) 529-2234

Wright State University, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Special Collections & Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435
Main Library: (937) 775-2525
Archives: (937) 775-2092

Ohio State University Libraries
1858 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1286
Phone: (614) 292-OSUL
Reference Archivist: (614) 292-2409
Archives on the Association of Women Students, Women’s History Research Center and the Association of Women Students and the Women’s Self Government Association and the Women Students Intercollegiate Association.