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  • 06/10/2019 8:54 AM | Irene Strohbeen (Administrator)

    On June 10, 1919, WI became the first state to ratify the 19th amendment granting the right to vote to women! It was a real competition between WI and IL to be first--WI won due to an error in wording in the IL bill. 

    Thus today kicks off a year+ centennial celebration of both the 19th amendment and the League of Women Voters (which was established after women's suffrage was accomplished). MDWA is one of the sponsoring women's organizations for the celebration events:  please contact me if you're interested in learning more and to get involved! 

    Irene Strohbeen 

  • 06/05/2019 7:19 PM | Irene Strohbeen (Administrator)

    100 years ago, Congress passed the bill for women's suffrage (women's right to vote), sending it to the President for signature and then to the states for ratification. And then a few days later on June 10, WI became the first state to ratify! 

    It's been a long road; let's use our votes to ensure our elected officials support women's rights as captured in the ERA!

  • 04/17/2019 2:34 PM | Irene Strohbeen (Administrator)

    At today's April MDWA meeting, there was so much to cover on closing the pay gap that I forgot to mention the big news for the Equal Rights Amendment:  Rep. Nadler of the House Judiciary committee has agreed to hold a hearing on the ERA on April 30. This will be the first Congressional hearing on this topic in 36 years!

  • 03/28/2019 12:47 PM | Irene Strohbeen (Administrator)

    Tuesday April 2 is the recognized Equal Pay Day for white women for 2019; it symbolizes how far into the next workweek women must work to earn as much as her male counterpart earned in the previous week. And it's been on a Tuesday in April for many years--April designates the same symbolism for annual vs weekly wages.

    The National Committee on Pay Equity asks that we all 

    Wear RED on Equal Pay Day 
    to symbolize how far women 
    and minorities are "in the red" with their pay!

    The House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act just yesterday (March 27, 2019), but it's not likely that the Senate will take it up for a vote. This bill would close loopholes of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that has not sufficiently closed the pay gap:  it would prevent employers from using salary history in hiring decisions, eliminate retaliation against employees who share their pay data with other employees, and require reporting of pay to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

    The Legislative committee will continue to learn more about equal pay, as well as the Equal Rights Amendment, and I'll post more here throughout April in recognition of Equal Pay Day.

    As always, please help to spread the word and raise awareness!

    Irene Strohbeen, co-chair MDWA Legislative Committee

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