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Support Working Women During February

Posted by YWM on February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day is only one of this month’s highlights—since 1956, women across the country have celebrated Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation Month during February. Please join in this year’s celebration by supporting the broad-reaching projects and programs of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.  We hope you will make a contribution this year to assist us as we continue to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to advocate on behalf of working women, women veterans, and their families.
During the past year, BPW Foundation has been actively engaged on the front lines of “hot button issues” that impact the lives of ALL working women, including:
  • BPW Foundation’s report of findings and agreements reached during our October 2010 Joining Forces for Women Veterans Summit has been widely used by government, public, and private sector organizations to support women veterans’ reintegration in the civilian workforce.
  • BPW Foundation’s partnership with Ed2Go and Military to Medicine created new scholarship opportunities for women veterans.
  • BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett participated in the White House announcement and launch of Joining Forces for Military Families. Our Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus® program is a focal grassroots component of this national initiative.
  • BPW Foundation released two research-based reports for use by employers and businesses: Gen Y Women in the Workplace and Gen Y Women To Employers: What They Want in the Workplace and Why It Matters for Business.
  • BPW Foundation conducted research on broadband usage and habits among subsets of women in the workplace and released a report quantifying the impact and implications of high speed internet on their employment and career choices.
  • Career Advancement Scholarships were renewed with BPW Legacy Partners handling the application and selection process.
  • Thanks to you, our supporters, BPW Foundation garnered the most votes in the Alliant Credit Union Foundation “People Voting to Give Back on Facebook” campaign and received $14,000 to support our programs for women veterans.
  • BPW Foundation joined with other leading women’s organizations to inform and educate women about key issues in the upcoming fall election through participation in “HERvotes Blog Carnivals .” Topics have included violence against women, jobs and employment, extension of unemployment insurance benefits, sexual harassment in the workplace, and women’s perspective on the Affordable Health Care Act.
  • BPW Foundation signed letters to Congress in support of legislation including the Family Fairness Act; Healthy Families Act; and the Heart Disease Education, Analysis, Research, and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act.
  • BPW Foundation signed on in support of the Riker vs. Quinnipiac University Amicus Brief to ensure enforcement of Title IX, and commented to the U.S. Department of Labor on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations.
  • BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus® was launched in January, 2012 and is connecting volunteer working women mentors with women veteran and military spouse mentees to enable their successful reintegration in the civilian workplace.

We made major strides during the last year, and your efforts on our behalf—reaching out to your personal and professional networks, making phone calls, writing emails, and ensuring your voice was heard by your elected representatives—were essential to this success. BPW Foundation thanks you, our supporters, for all of your work.

As we continue advocating for successful workplaces for all working women, including women veterans, we need your support during 2012! Please help us by making a donation today, either online at Business and Professional Women’s Foundation , or by sending a check to BPW Foundation, c/o Wells Fargo, P.O. Box 759189, Baltimore, MD 21275-9189.

Show Your Support for BPW Foundation Now!

Without your involvement, BPW Foundation could not play such a vital role in creating successful American workplaces. Please help us continue improving the lives of working women and their families by making a generous donation today.

Thank you very much!

Here is a link to BPW Foundation’s Fifty Fabulous Facts.  Please share with your friends.

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on October 28, 2011

Empowered Workforces

Women file new class action suit against Wal-Mart [New York Times]

LinkedIn surveyed 760 women, 52% never had a mentor, 62% never asked to be a mentor [Reuters]

Women and broadband usage [WIPP]

What women can do to level the playing field [Washington Post]

8 lessons from women on Wall Street [New York Times]

More on LinkedIn survey: women don’t have mentors b/c we are too picky and too lazy, and women need to build a “good old girls” network [Careerealism]

The 10 worst stereotypes about powerful women [Forbes]

Successful Workplaces

Although quotas for women on corp boards can have negative effects, overall women = more thoughtful leadership, better attendance [Wharton]

Building a grassroots movement: taking workplace flexibility from private to public [Huffington Post]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

50 years since Julia Chase-Brand  broke the gender barriers for long-distance running, which was historically banned for women b/c it may “make their uterus fall out.” [New York Times]

Virginia Rometty named IBM’s first female CEO [New York Times]

Park ranger tops in her field [Washington Post]


Women making slow, sure strides in science and math [Huffington Post]

Small Business

SBA proposes stiffer penalties for companies that misrepresent their size [Washington Post]

SBA offering training for women business owners [BizJournals]


NY Times editorial against Mississippi’s personhood initiative [New York Times]

Editorial: Playing politics with women’s lives [New York Times]

HPV linked to heart trouble in women [New York Times]


More women veterans falling into homelessness [Los Angeles Times]

Returning women vets face harder road finding jobs then male counter parts [Kansas City.com]

VA continually reaching out to women vets [Sentinel Source]

In new elite Army unit women who make the grade serve along side men [Washington Post]

Soldier’s death highlights women’s role with special operations teams [Washington Post]

Army Chief of Staff backs expanding role of women in combat [Army Times]

GAO finds DOD oversight of sexual harassment policies inadequate [Stripes]

Study: one in three women raped in service [Press TV]

Other Important News

The recession in Pink and Blue (women and men) [New York Times]

Selling Girl Scout cookies cultivates young leaders [Women’s E News]

Dangers of misrepresenting women in the media [Forbes]

More women in Senate but seats are at risk [New York Times]

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National Business Women’s Week: As Relevant as Ever

Posted by YWM on October 17, 2011

This week, October 17 – 21 is Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW), which honors working women and employers who support working women and their families. Established in 1928, NBWW encourages us to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities.

When Lena Madesin Phillips, President of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, first declared National Business Women’s Week® “to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world,” she acknowledged the challenges that faced America’s working women. She would be gratified to see that today there are 7.2 million majority-owned, privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States today that employ 7.3 million people and generate $1.1 trillion in sales.

This progress is particularly impressive considering it wasn’t until 1974 that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act guaranteed women access to credit cards and loans. Before this, single women were routinely denied credit, and married women had to take out loans under their husbands’ names. The Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 not only forged the way for women’s economic independence by making the requirement of a male signature illegal, it created the National Women’s Business Council, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership and planted the seeds for the network of Women’s Business Centers around the country. BPW Foundation supporters were on the front line in the fights to better conditions and open doors for working women.

America’s businesswomen have made remarkable strides in less than half an average woman’s lifetime. But there remains an untenable disparity in economic success between the sexes. To close that gap we must continue to advocate for a level playing field where women are paid fairly for the work they do. We must also equip women with mentoring, education, and training to compete and achieve in the workplace. Armed with the skills to succeed, there is no question that women can make up for lost time!

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on October 7, 2011

Empowered Workforces

10 most lucrative careers for women [onlined-degrees]

It’s all in the label: “Mompreneurs” – a marginalizing, cutesy term underestimating this population? [Forbes]

Successful Workplaces

Communications industry keeping up w/ diversity and gender goals – improved in two years [MarketWatch]

New report finds gender bias in tech field [VentureBeat]

For women on campus; access doesn’t equal success [Chronicle]

Gender pay gap decreases during economic downturn [New York Times]

Not surprisingly, women worse off than men post-recession [AdvisorOne]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Three women win Noble Peace Prize [New York Times]

First woman named as White House usher [Sun Times]

11 National Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees [WomensIssues]

She is crowned homecoming queen and kicked the winning point on the same night [New York Times]

Female engineer part of team hanging from and inspecting Washington Monument [Washington Post]

First woman justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, joined court 30 years ago [Currier-Journal]

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Margaret DeLillo-Storey being inducted into Ohio’s Veteran’s Hall of Fame [Canton Republic]

Army appoints first African-American woman to Two Star General [WFPL]

First female engagement team in Afghanistan makes positive impact [Black Anthem]

Our Bodies Ourselves turns 40 – remains relevant [Women’s e-News]

A tale of two countries: the Hyde Amendments turns 35 [American Progress]

Women in science: Universities don’t make the grade [Red Orbit]

Gen Y
For young women more important that work is fun rather than lucrative [Jobs.AOL]

Small Business
Women Entrepreneurs take more risk, not less, no Plan B = compelled to succeed [BNET]

Women owned small businesses court optimism, new hires [Forbes]

Developments in women’s small businesses [PRNewsWire]

Joining Forces Summit for Women Veterans to be held in Columbia, South Carolina [Midlands Biz]

Final regulations on federal employees taking leave when family members are deployed issued [Federal Times]

“You Served, You Deserve the Best Care Anywhere” – VA program for women vets [GovHealthIt]

Pink race car honors women veterans [Cincinnati.com]

National Business Women’s Week

Pt Lucie, FL issues NBWW proclamation [TCPalm.com]

Other important news

Women’s Museum in Dallas to close after 11 years and 1.5 million visitors [The Republic]

96 year old woman denied voter ID card in Tennessee [Gawker.com]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on August 19, 2011

Successful Workplaces

President issues order to increase federal government hiring of women and minorities [Washington Post]

OPM issues memo on dealing with federal government pay gap [Washington Post]

For working mothers, big law remains a tough nut to crack [Wall Street Journal]

Being a nice guy or gal doesn’t pay [Wall Street Journal]

Empowered Workers

PEW study: women see more value and benefits in college education than men [PEW Social Trends]

Does our culture of individualism hurt working mothers and their careers? [The Glass Hammer]

Bloomberg pregnancy discrimination suit renews work-life debate [New York Times]

Career Networking benefits men not women [Business News Daily]

What working moms want [The Glass Hammer]

Globally women say they are very ambitious, most more than double US’s stat of 36% [HBR]

Women have come a long way but not far enough [Fresno Bee]

The Challenges of child care and impact on families [NPR]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Top 25 female athletes [Fem 2.0]

African American veteran combat pilot inspiring others [ABC Local]

Army’s single mom drill sergeants face challenges [Google News]

Adventure, equality draw women to Coast Guard [NPR]

Small Business

Why are women business owners hesitant to raise their debt ceiling? [Business Insider]


Boomer women get the retirement shaft [OC Register]]

Not all Social Security checks are created equal.  Women, money and retirement [Forbes]

Women and Non Traditional Careers

Summer camp introduces girls to manufacturing [New York Times]

Cokie and Steve Roberts: Girls needed to solve US scientist shortage [Billings Gazette]

When romance is brewing, women lose interest in STEM studies?!  [Inside Higher Ed]

Women Veterans

Time Magazine’s cover this week celebrates the New Greatest Generation: How Young War Veterans Are Defining Leadership at Home [Time]

Rise in homelessness for women vets tied to sexual abuse [Huffington Post]

Editorial: female veterans hidden among the homeless [Fayetteville Observer]

Women Veteran’s health research; a new frontier [Veterans Today]

New challenges face health care system treating women vets [Patch]

Odds and Ends

The constitutionality of equality for women (not!) [Marquette]

Advancing the lives of young women through mentoring [White House Blog]

Man will continue crusade against “ladies” nights [Las Vegas Sun]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 12, 2011

Successful Workplaces

Why women need a seat at the table [Forbes]

The pay gap: Why are women paid less? [Huffington Post]

Women in STEM: an opportunity to improve America’s competitiveness [White House Blog]

DOL developing equal pay tool, accepting public comments on what/how they will measure thru 10/11 [PR News Wire]

More stats on the pay gap: newly graduated MBAs start at $4600 less than male counterparts, can lead to almost $500,000 wage gap over a career [Huffington Post]

An opposing viewpoint: women can be better negotiators, must overcome our cultural bias [Forbes]

In new era of leadership by collaboration vs by command and control, women have natural edge [Washington Post]

Harvard’s Kennedy School focusing on “nudges” to balance women in workforce, example: comparative evaluation vs separate evaluation during hiring process erases gender stereotypes  [Harvard.edu]

Equality not guaranteed for women in US constitution, but it is in Brazil’s [ms-jd]

WNBA earns all As on Diversity Scorecard, top score overall [Black Radio Network]

Small Business

Report finds female business owners want to avoid risk [Business Insider]

Senate Republicans tying to end small business support for women, veterans and minorities [Huffington Post]

Empowered Workers

Advice from moms to moms going back to work [The Glass Hammer]

Career over kids; are women doing it on purpose [Huffington Post]

Fox anchor defends her three month maternity leave [Babble.com]

Is science incompatible with family? [Wall Street Journal]

Chicago’s mayor shaking it up: offering 6 weeks paid maternity leave to female government employees [Harvard.edu]

The Swedes have most generous parental leave [NPR]

Seattle city council approves mandatory sick pay bill [Seattle PI]

Gen Y

Tips for Gen Y Women: Ask questions and find a mentor [3PluseInternational]

Women Veterans

VA doctors rusty on treating women, gather to study [Washington Post]

Women veterans breaking silence, beating trauma [KSUO]

VA’s massive out reach to women veterans [Forbes]

Studies of women Vets influence VA health care [Marine Corps Times]

Saluting Misbehaving Women

Dr. Bernadine Healy, first woman to head NIH, dies [NLM]

Thoughts on new documentary on Gloria Steinem [Huffington Post]

Keys to success from Andrea Jung, longest serving female CEO at Fortune 500 company [Fortune]

Woman rents plane and flies “you should be fired banner” over wall street.  Go Girl! [ABC News]

Women can be crude, lewd and rude as well- just go to the movies [Gulf News]

Of Interest

Congressional Super Budget Committee has only one woman at the table [Huffington Post]

Is rape really still the woman’s fault.  How can this be? [Yuba Net]

New book on smiling notes that women in business are judged harshly if they don’t and considered too feminine if they do [Wall Street Journal]

What girls need to know about Title IX [IHigh.com]

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on May 20, 2011

Companies tie more of workers pay to performance [Marketwatch]

Millennial women, it turns out, want something entirely different [Washington Post]

Sexism still prevalent at workplace.  Mentoring can help [Management in Practice]

Women who rock exhibit opens at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [Billboard]

VA strives to give better service to women veterans [US Navy Seals]

SBA launches program for women vets [Biz Journals]

EEOC targets wage gap [AZ Central]

Top companies for work-life balance [US News]

Non parents want work-life balance too [WeKnowNext.com]

Can school girls find protection in Title IX? [Womens eNews]

Why you might be better off with out a job after college [BrazenCareerist]

Gen Y Women, Is your workplace gender equitable? [YoungFeministTaskForce]

Joining Forces to help women veterans [VeteransToday]

Mentoring is critical for women to advance their careers [AJC]

BPW leader urges women to look for challenges and opportunities [Frederick News Post]

Mentors give female leaders a boost [Sun Sentinel]

Which city is most gender equal? [Chicago Tribune]

Even celebrity men earn more than celebrity women [Forbes]

Gen Y Revolutionizing Workforce [20-First]

Obama calls for more equality for women [NECN]

78% of employees feel that employers are not walking the diversity walk [Staffing Industry]

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on April 22, 2011

Gen Y: Last Year’s Slacker This Year’s Slow Starter [Huffington Post]

Woman Apache pilot makes her mark [MSNBC]

More female MBAs but little gain in equal pay [Fortune]

Nursing moms seen as less competent [Wall Street Jounal Blog]

The best paying jobs for women in 2011 [Forbes]

10 worst industries for women [Vault.com]

Flexible jobs = happy workers [Fortune]

NY Times Editorial: Unequal pay isn’t fair [New York Times]

Male investor admits he has problems with women entrepreneurs having children [Business Insider]

Women engineers put the buzz in the Volt [Women’s eNews]

Women’s gains during recession should make them even more powerful during recovery [Forbes]

Where are the women in politics? [Elle]

Mothers with first born girls work more [Wall Street Jounal Blog]

Why men are paid more than women: Because they are more competitive at age 4  [Daily Mail]

Men see black and white, women see shades of gray [RedOrbit]

When it comes to business it is more of a woman’s world [MPN Now]

First Lady  says military members and spouses need jobs [Business Week]

Laid off women reinvent themselves [Florida Today]

Budget battle wounds women; wage gap remains [Women’s eNews]

Do women feel more guilt than men? [Wall Street Jounal Blog]

New book: Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq [Huffington Post]

Woman marathoner Waitz dies [New York Times]

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Missing the Women’s Movement on Pay Equity

Posted by ptanji on March 8, 2011

I get that there is no ‘women’s movement’ per se these days.  Not like the 70’s, 80’s and even the 90’s.  But, as I, pay equity activist extraordinaire, meet with lobbyists, advocates, and the well meaning (but not well meaning enough to act) members of the general public — I long for the days when I didn’t feel so alone in this pay equity fight.

I know there are millions, maybe even billions, of women who support what I do, that is to uphold the pay equity laws in Minnesota, but the fact is its just me and a few other extremely dedicated beautiful volunteer ‘lobbyists’ working on this issue.  Especially, when there are sooooooooooooooooo many highly paid lobbyists on the opposing side. I met with three this morning alone.

I do know why this is.  The general public, including some brilliant sisters and brothers of the world, think that pay equity is a done deal.  We fixed it in 1963 — with the Equal Pay Act and when states around the nation passed their own versions thereof.  In Minnesota we did this in 1967 ish. Yup that’s almost 50 years ago!  But,  here in Minnesota, where we have the toughest pay equity laws anywhere on the planet (at least in the public sector) — pay equity is still not a done deal!

Until cities, counties and school districts in Minnesota can prove that they will never backslide again into those dark days when women were eating dog food to supplement their city clerk typist pay — its not a done deal!  And, by the way, local jurisdictions were given the opportunity to prove they wouldn’t back slide in 2003 when a two year moratorium on pay equity reporting (to the state) was enacted.  Guess what — 5 years later the amount of local jurisdictions who did back slide was 50% as opposed to  25% when there was a three year reporting cycle.  Yes — there is backsliding even in a three year period but five years, yikes!

We have much re-educating to do.  And it is working.  One Senator did ‘pull’ his anti-pay equity bill.  But, there are three more pending.  And the reason these well intended (at least what they will say publicly) folks want to kill pay equity is because of the administrative burden.  Yup – balancing the budgets on the $1.59 pay raise of a secretary who was doing work of similar value to the custodians. Other gripes include such notions as ‘we had to raise pay for three male job classes because of pay equity’.  Seems some city and county staff  blame all salary increases on pay equity reporting.  But, any pay raise that justifiably can be called a pay equity raise are those given to women doing jobs of similar work value to jobs done by men.

This bill is not about equal pay for equal work.  That notion doesn’t work — unless you want to sue your boss.  This bill is about fairness inherent in our public sector’s wage setting practices.  That fairness includes gender.  However, the squeaky wheel is getting the grease in Minnesota.  It’s going to take a women’s movement or whatever we want to call it this time to pay attention.    Wake up sleepy giant — we need you!

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It Happened This Week: Black History Month

Posted by sherrysaunders on February 16, 2011

Did you know? Here are some interesting facts to remember during Black History Month

February 15

1848 – Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf (Roberts vs. City of Boston).

February 16

1951 – New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments

1923 – Bessie Smith makes her first recording, Down Hearted Blues which sold 800,000 copies for Columbia Records



February 17

1938 – Dr. Mary Frances Berry, the first woman to serve as a chancellor of a major research university, is born in Nashville, Tenn

February 18

1931 – Pulitzer Prize winner, Toni Morrison is born in Lorain, Ohio.

1688 – The historic “Germantown Protest” by Germantown, PA Quakers denounced slavery and the slave trade.

February 19

2002Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jull Brakken won the inagural women’s two-person bobsled event.

1919 – The Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, held its first meeting, in Paris. There were fifty-seven delegates: sixteen from the United States and fourteen from Africa. Blaise Diagne of Senegal was elected president and Du Bois was named secretary.

February 20

1936 – Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born in Chillicothe, Ohio

1936: Barbara Jordan, the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born

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