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  • 08/20/2018 7:00 AM | Lisa Gehrke (Administrator)

    Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

    Strict scrutiny is the most stringent standard of judicial review used by United States courts. It is part of the hierarchy of standards that courts use to determine which is more important, a constitutional right or principle, or the government's interest against observance of the principle. The lesser standard is intermediate “skeptical” scrutiny. These standards are used to test statutes and government action at all levels of government within the United States.

    Without the ERA, women regularly (and men occasionally) have to fight long, expensive, and difficult legal battles in an effort to prove that their rights are equal to those of the other sex. 

    As demonstrated in 1996 by the last major Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination, which dealt with admission of women to Virginia Military Institute (VMI), we have not moved beyond the traditional assumption that males hold rights and females, if treated unequally, must prove that they hold them. The Equal Rights Amendment would remove that differential assumption.

    The effect of the ERA would be seen most clearly in court deliberations on cases of sex discrimination. For the first time, gender would be a suspect classification requiring the same high level of "strict scrutiny" and having to meet the same high level of justification that the classification of race or national origin currently requires.

    The VMI decision now tells courts to exercise intermediate “skeptical” scrutiny requiring "exceedingly persuasive" justification of differential treatment on the basis of sex. Prohibition of sex discrimination is still not as strongly enforceable as prohibition of race discrimination.

    Ironically, under current court decisions about sex and race discrimination, a white male claiming race discrimination is protected by strict scrutiny, but a black female claiming sex discrimination by the same program or action is protected by only intermediate “skeptical” scrutiny, not strict scrutiny.

    We need the ERA to clarify the law for the lower courts, whose decisions still reflect confusion and inconsistency about how to deal with sex discrimination claims. If the ERA were in the Constitution, it would influence the tone of legal reasoning and decisions regarding women's equal rights, producing over time a cumulative positive effect.

  • 07/07/2018 2:23 PM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    The Program committee is planning to have their next meeting on Aug. 6

    Please register to attend.

  • 07/07/2018 2:21 PM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    The Legislative Committee will be meeting on July 13. 

    Please register to attend:

  • 07/07/2018 11:11 AM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    Please remember to register for the board meeting

    We are tracking events and attendance in Wild Apricot now and need your help in making the information complete. 

    See you on Wednesday. 


  • 07/06/2018 10:55 AM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    Want to learn more about Mid-Day Women’s Alliance?  Come to our orientation!

    Join us and learn about the opportunities Mid-Day has.  Find out how to get involved and get the most from your membership.

    All members are welcome to attend. 

    Board members are asked to attend to review their positions & committees. 

    Our next scheduled orientation is set for Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 11:30-1:00 at Butte des Morts Country Club. 

    Please register on the events page. 

  • 06/30/2018 9:00 AM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    TODAY was our Habitat for Humanity: Women Build Work Day! 
    Thanks to everyone that came out to help!  (They are our Pink & Black Ball recipient (donation) to Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity)

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  • 06/24/2018 9:44 PM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    MDWA is proud to support the Women's Fund luncheon. Anyone interested in attending can ask to be at a table with other MDWA members & guests. 

    Women's Fund Luncheon Agenda - September 6, 2018 at Red Lion Hotel

    10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Visit Grant Recipient Displays (optional)
    10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Issue Spotlight Panel Discussion (optional)
    10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Luncheon Check-In, Social & Designer Purse Raffle
    11:25 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon and Program

    Visit the Women's Fund website for more information.

  • 06/24/2018 3:43 PM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

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  • 06/20/2018 11:13 AM | Kim O'Brien (Administrator)

    Tech trends 2018:

    1) Cybersecurity: the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this. Some facts- 43% of cyber attaches target small business, every 39 seconds there are cyberattacks, there will be 200 billion connected devices by 2020.

    What's your password?? It should be phase with lower, upper case characters and number(s).

    Internet of things: The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined as the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronicssoftwaresensorsactuators, and connectivity which enables these things to connect and exchange data, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits and reduced human exertions.

    2) Your devices, such as phones, homes, cars, etc. are becoming smarter. For example: Pumpspy is a plug for your subpump with an app that lets you know the status of your subpump; or the Glucose Monitoring System that tracks glucose without pricking your finger to monitor your levels continually.

    3) Cloud technology: storing or accessing your data somewhere other than your computer. 

    What are the challenges for women in IT

    • Underrepresented in tech, not enough women in industry
    • Underrepresented in leadership positions
    • Expected to take on emotional labor of administrative tasks as supplemental work
    • Continued pay gap

    How do we drive Change?

    • Apply for that dream job, even if you think you don't qualify
    • Don't run away from technology
    • Attend WIT meeting (Women in Technology: WIT 4 girls, WIT on campus. The mission of Women In Technology Wisconsin is to attract, grow and retain women and girls in technology related careers. From the WIT website:  Contact us to learn more about WIT, get information on how to become involved, notify us of an event, or request consulting.
    • TEALS is a program of Microsoft which aims to get computer science education into every high school, will be offered initially at 15 Wisconsin schools. To volunteer to help with this program click here.
    • Take classes, ask questions, work with your HR department on related skills or career paths.
    • FVTC has a number of classes to learn more about the software you use today, or others you may want to learn about.
    • NEW IT AllianceAttract, develop & retain diverse IT talent in Northeastern Wisconsin to support economic growth.
    • "Creativity, Leadership, Problem Solving" are the skills needed to succeed in a technology world. The rest you can be trained in.
    • Inspire and empower the women around you. Success is never reached alone.
  • 06/12/2018 6:15 PM | Yvonne Kehl (Administrator)

    DID YOU KNOW Mid-Day Women's Alliance has a Mentoring Committee. Trisha Blohm and I are Co-chairs. We are looking forward to meeting with Marjorie Sutter, the Founder of the Mentoring Program, this Thursday and learning how the program was first organized.

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