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  • 02/27/2019 9:14 AM | Irene Strohbeen (Administrator)

    Everyone should remember, one of the most important actions each of us can take is to help raise awareness that:

    1. Equal Rights for women is NOT part of the US Constitution. Many Americans (80%) think it is!

    2. The ERA is still needed and important: Without constitutional rights (other than the right to vote), women have been losing court cases related to equal pay, equal promotion, pregnancy rights, and other cases that are related to employment and pay. 94% of Americans think Equal Rights SHOULD be part of the US Constitution.

    The MDWA Legislative Committee will continue to spread the news. Lisa Gehrke and I can come to speak to any groups about it:  let us know if you'd like us to speak to your Book Club (we can recommend a book), civic group, corporate women's affinity group, etc. 

  • 02/20/2019 2:16 PM | Irene Strohbeen (Administrator)

    At today's program, the Legislative committee treated everyone to a showing of the short 10-minute video, "Are Women Equal?" It's a great video to introduce the topic to anyone--women, men, other gender identities, singles, parents, young or old--and get conversations started. Our mission was to highlight the need for the ERA by linking equal rights under the US Constitution to unequal treatment such as the pay gap and other forms of workplace discrimination. Here's the link to the video, for any who missed it OR just want to view it again or SHARE: 

    Please leave a comment so we know we're reaching people! (Click on the "..." to the left of the Blog post title)

  • 02/04/2019 4:11 PM | Yvonne Kehl (Administrator)

    What Makes You a Great Mentor?

    ·       Desire to Share Information, Expertise and Experience 

    ·       Ability to Recognize and Encourage the Mentee's Potential

    ·       Willingness to Invest Time and Effort in the Mentoring Relationship 

    ·       Ability to Give and Receive Constructive and Honest Feedback

    ·       Commitment to Assist the Mentee in Their Decision-making Processes 

    ·       Willingness to Facilitate Networking Opportunities Through Contacts.

    We are currently looking for a Mentor for a member who has recently left a 20+ year career to launch a small business. She needs help understanding small business ownership and learning how to market her business. Can you help. Please contact

  • 11/13/2018 12:31 PM | Yvonne Kehl (Administrator)
    Our Mid-Day Mentoring Program is looking for a Mentor to match with a Mentee.

    In order of importance, the Mentee's areas of interest are:  Career Transitions, Managing Change and Uncertainty, Self-Marketing, Continuing Education, and Life Balance.

    Our Mentee is looking for career guidance. Short term she may look for a role similar to her most recent role. Long term, she would like to change careers possibly into HR, recruiting, or teaching.

    Hobbies:  foreign languages and cultures, travel, history, volunteering, talent building, and photography.

    Do you see some synergies with your experience? Please contact Yvonne Kehl, Mentoring Committee Co-chair,

  • 11/07/2018 3:25 PM | Yvonne Kehl (Administrator)

    Met some awesome women at the Mid-Day New Member Orientation Today. Looking forward to their contributions to the organization!

  • 11/05/2018 11:02 PM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    As we approach the holidays - it's a good time to reflect on things that we are thankful for. We believe that your membership with Mid-Day Women's Alliance is one of those things that should bring joy and that you would be thankful to be a part of. Let's get some comments on what part(s) of Mid-Day Women's Alliance membership are you most thankful for. Post your comments below! 

  • 10/10/2018 1:50 PM | Yvonne Kehl (Administrator)

    The Mid-Day Mentoring Committee is proud to announce the official re-launch of our Mentoring Program. We have matched our first mentoring pair and are looking for additional members who would like to be matched with a Mentor. Please contact Yvonne Kehl or Trisha Blom for all the details.

  • 09/24/2018 11:34 AM | Irene Strohbeen (Administrator)

    On Friday, September 28 from 11:30-1:00 at the Appleeton Public Library, the MDWA Legislative Committee will host a Film Festival focused on the Equal Rights Amendment! We have found several great videos that explain the situation so much better than we can, so we have to share. Please come--you can RSVP on our Events page!

    These videos are:

    1. Are Women Equal?:  this short 10-minute video is a sometimes-humorous but equally serious view of the current status of the Equal Rights Amendment. It's a great introduction to what people know about the ERA (not much), and why it's still important.
    2. Legalize Equality:  this is a 30-minute excerpt from the longer documentary, Equal Means Equal, based on the book of the same name. The video excerpt covers more information about levels of scrutiny as Lisa described in the last post, as well as how the ERA would impact critical cases such as Lilly Ledbetter's equal pay case. We consider this video to be a must-watch to better educate ourselves.
    3. Trailer for "On the Basis of Sex":  This movie will be released on Christmas Day 2018, about the life story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg starting when she was a civil rights attorney. The Legislative Committee is already making plans to go!
  • 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.

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