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  • 06/06/2019 8:23 PM | Mary Ann Bazile (Administrator)

    As a result of that little bit of "storming" last evening - meaning phase two of teams getting to performing - both documents that were discussed - announcement and nomination forms for the Black & Pink Ball and a final version (.pdf) announcing the Golf Outing on its was to the Golf Outing Team from Sara Mullen-Hornung as I write this post.  Thank you to all involved for appreciating the needs of these two teams for their upcoming projects and keeping to our mission of "lifting each other up"!  

  • 06/06/2019 8:22 PM | Mary Ann Bazile (Administrator)

    Stages of teams - Psychologist Bruce Tuckman developed stages of teams: Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. As a new Board and team, we are in the "forming" stage - getting to know each other, our roles, and the projects needing the most energy right now. We did a little "storming" at our Board Retreat last night but as you can see, this is part of the process! Thank you everyone for an excellent first Board Meeting!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 06/03/2019 7:50 PM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    Did you miss the May program with Ali Starr about the Imposter Syndrome? You are in luck - you can view her ted talk at this link. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vIPrR_clEg&authuser=0

    If anyone is interested in deeper work (way below the glacier we see) Allison Garner and I have two more intensive in 2019, July and October- 

    https://www.llintensives.com/

  • 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

  • 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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T04h2PloDk4&t=26s 

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





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