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Women’s Equality Day– History & the 21st Century

Posted by Crystal Williams on August 26, 2014

The American Revolution was won not only with the effort and treasure of honorable men, but also of honorable hard working women. To avoid silk and linen acquisition from England, women wove their own cloth for their families and many women disguised themselves as men and fought in the war against England. Nevertheless, when the United States Constitution was adopted in 1789, it did not include women.

Women’s Equality Day is Tuesday, August 26th and commemorates a hot day in August 1920 when women officially gained the right to vote – this right and the movement to gain voting rights for women was referred to as “women’s suffrage.” The struggle for equal treatment of women has been a difficult and painful road paved with the bravery of those who dared to test the boundaries of human dignity and request equality for women. Women’s Equality Day in the United States marks a turning point for all women and has had global effects.

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Shop Small Saturday, November 24

Posted by YWM on November 19, 2012

There are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States, and over 7.7 million of these businesses are owned by women. Small businesses owned by women are growing in number 50% faster than the total number of small businesses, according to a small business monitoring report from American Express. And by 2018, one-third of new U.S. jobs will be generated by female-owned companies, compared with the current 16%, based on projections by The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute.

Almost universally, Americans say they support and value small businesses in their communities. How could you not? They provide products and services you can’t get elsewhere, customer service is generally more personal, and they contribute enormously to the fabric of our neighborhoods and cities.

There are many organizations, national and local, that have done a great job organizing and getting the word out about the outsized contributions that small businesses make to our communities. One of those is the Small Business Saturday Coalition which we have joined to help spread the word about Small Business Saturday.

What will you be doing on November 24, 2012, the Saturday after Thanksgiving?  Participating in Small Business Saturday of course!  Heading into its third year, Small Business Saturday, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a day dedicated to local, independently-owned small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods across the country. What is your favorite woman owned small business in your community?

Last year, millions of Americans, shopped at independently-owned small businesses on Small Business Saturday. This year, we invite you to help make the day even bigger for small business. Here are ways your business can get involved and help support Small Business Saturday:

  • Shop Small on November 24, 2012: By shopping small, you are showing your support for small businesses and creating goodwill within the communities where you work and live.  Make a day of it by shopping with friends and dining out at your favorite small restaurants.
  • If you are an independent business owner, make the day your own:Small businesses are known for having outstanding customer service and offering unique products.  Think about having special promotions and join forces with neighboring small businesses to create a block party or holiday event.  Don’t forget to leverage Small Business Saturday marketing tools on www.facebook.com/shopsmall.
  • Spread the word: Sign up for email updates at www.shopsmall.com and make sure to ‘Like’ the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shopsmall). Tell your family, friends and loyal customers about Small Business Saturday on your social networks.

We’re excited to be part of the Small Business Saturday Coalition.  We encourage all of you to shop small on November 24, 2012 and help spread the word.  Let’s make Small Business Saturday, the biggest shopping day of them all – we’ll see you on Main Street!

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US Navy Commands Encouraged to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Posted by YWM on August 22, 2012

Would the women of the suffrage movement been surprised by how far we have come since getting the vote in 1920?  Did they foresee women serving side-by- side with men in the military?  Not only are we serving but the Armed Services are celebrating women and women’s equality.  Here is an article from the US Navy on Women’s Equality Day.

By Ensign Amber Lynn Daniel, Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs

Established by Congress in 1971, Women’s Equality Day was designed to commemorate the long struggle of generations of women to gain the right to vote.

The observance also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts today towards full equality.

The women’s suffrage movement began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Convened by suffragist leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the committee published a “Declaration of Sentiments.” The declaration outlined key social, civil and political demands for women, helping the cause of women’s suffrage gain national prominence. Nearly 72 years later, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed Aug. 26, 1920, granting women throughout the United States the right to vote.

In 1971, to honor and commemorate the passing of the 19th Amendment, U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug introduced a resolution to designate Aug. 26 as the annual Women’s Equality Day. Today, the observance recognizes the anniversary of women’s suffrage and of the continued efforts toward equal rights in the United States.

All Navy commands are encouraged to reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments of women in the armed services during this observance.

Women first entered Naval service in 1908 with the establishment of the Navy Nurse Corps, 12 years before women were granted the right to vote. Women continued to serve in the Navy in varying capacities throughout World War I and World War II, but it was not until June 12, 1948, with the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act that women gained permanent status in the U.S. armed services. The first six enlisted women were sworn into regular U.S. Navy service July 7, 1948. Four months later the first eight female Naval officers were commissioned Oct. 15, 1948.

Women were first assigned to selected non-combatant ships in 1978, and opportunities were later broadened to include service on warships in 1994 following the repeal of the combat exclusion law. In April 2010, the Navy announced a policy change allowing female officers to serve on submarines. Today, 95 percent of Navy billets are open to the assignment of women.

This year has been a landmark year for women in the Navy. The year kicked off with five women making naval history as the first all-female E-2C Hawkeye crew to fly a combat mission. Plane Commander Lt. Cmdr. Tara Refo, Mission Commander Lt. Cmdr.

ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 26, 2010) An all-female line-handling team guides the phone and distance line from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) during a replenishment at sea (RAS). Harry S. Truman’s deck department used an all-female crew at one of the RAS stations to commemorate Women’s Equality Month in the Navy. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike group is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

Brandy Jackson, Second Pilot Lt. Ashley Ruic, Air Control Officer Lt. Nydia Driver, and Radar Operator Lt. j.g. Ashley Ellison were assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 when they made their historic flight Jan. 25.

Two days later, the Navy honored the passing of the fleet’s first female aircraft handling officer, Lt. Cmdr. Regina Mills, during a ceremony Jan. 27 in Bremerton, Wash. More than 2,000 family members, friends, and shipmates assembled aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to pay respect to Mills, who was struck and killed by a vehicle when she stopped to assist others involved in a traffic collision in Gig Harbor, Wash., Jan. 23.

In April, the Navy bid fair winds and following seas to one of the original female surface warfare trailblazers, Vice Adm. Ann Rondeau. Rondeau holds the distinction of serving as the first warfare qualified female admiral and, prior to her retirement, was the highest ranking female flag officer in the Navy. She retired after 38 years of dedicated naval service.

Later that month, Rear Adm. Michelle Howard was nominated for appointment to the rank of Vice Admiral April 16. If confirmed, Howard would become the first female African American three star admiral. In July, Vice Adm. Nanette DeRenzi was assigned as Judge Advocate General of the Navy. De Renzi is the highest ranking female in the Judge Advocate General Corps, and is the first woman to hold the Judge Advocate General Corps’ most senior position. Vice Adm. Robin Braun, the highest ranking female aviator in the Navy, became chief of the Navy Reserve Aug. 13, and is the first woman to hold the post.

There are currently 35 female flag officers in the Navy; 21 represent the active duty component, and 14 represent the Reserve component.

Enlisted women also made notable accomplishments during 2012. In May, Command Master Chief (AW/SW) JoAnn M. Ortloff became Fleet Master Chief for Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Africa. Upon her selection, Ortloff became the highest ranking enlisted woman in the Navy, and only the second woman to reach the position of fleet master chief.

Command Master Chief (AW/SW) April Beldo continued her tradition of breaking barriers for women when she assumed her new position as force master chief of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), the first African American woman to do so. Beldo arrived at NETC in April after serving aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), where she held the title of the first female African American command master chief of a nuclear aircraft carrier. She is currently the only woman serving as a force master chief in the Navy.

Policy changes affecting women serving in the Navy also took shape in 2012. The Department of Defense announced changes to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule Feb. 9. The changes were implemented in May, opening an additional 14,325 positions throughout the Department of Defense previously closed to women.

Today, 54,537 women serve in the Navy on active duty or in the Reserve, comprising 17 percent of the force. Additionally, nearly 50,000 women serve across the Navy in a wide range of specialties as civilian employees.

For more information on women in the Navy, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/organization/bupers/WomensPolicy/Pages/default.aspx.

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

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 26, 2011

Today is Women’s Equality Day: Are we there yet?

Beyond suffrage: how far have women come? [Los Angeles Times]

1915 anti woman’s suffrage ad [DisInfo]

Equality in the workplace remains a goal[Taunton Gazette]

The Topsy Turvy Path to Equality [WomenMisbehavin‘]

USA could be just 3 states way from ERA [Women’s e-News]

Women’s groups launch HER VOTES to mobilize women voters in 2012 [Sacramento Bee]

Successful Workplaces/Empowered workforces

Women make better leaders than men if you give them the chance [AOL.com]

Two former female partners file suit against Booz Allen [Washington Post]

US lags way behind other industrialized counties in maternity leave [Washington Times]

Judge rules that women who were part or Wal-Mart suit have until end of October to file individually [Reuters]

Discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers is not work-life balance issue [ABetterBalance]

Should pumping at work get you fired? ACLU says no [Time]

Stay at home Mom’s have hardest job [Los Angeles Times]

Women’s negotiations, problem may be power not gender [Yahoo.com]

Less depression for working moms who don’t expect to “do it all” [MedCompare]

Overworking trend favors men over women [PsychCentral]

Paying to get chores done for more family time [Atlanta Journal Constitution.com]

Mommy Track: mothers winning flex time at work and husbands help at home [US News]

When women meet with women are they missing real networking opportunities? [Reclaiming Leadership]

Black women lost more jobs during recovery [Workforce]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

First woman to head chapter of Disabled American Veterans [Billings Gazette]

Military women are heroes too [Time Blog]

Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world list [Forbes]

The 20 youngest powerful women [Forbes]

Pat Summit who has the most wins of any basketball coach facing down Alzheimer’s challenge with courage [USA Today]

Marine Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds first female commander at Parris Island [Washington Post]

Rear Admiral Eleanor V. Valentin, First female and first Asian Director of the US Navy Medical Service Corps [Asian Journal]


TX women’s health program that saved the state $20 million is endangered [Austin Chronicle]

Smoking implicated in half of women’s bladder cancers [NIH]

Small Business/Entrepreneurship

Financing female entrepreneurship [Forbes]

SBA may develop new system to simplify participation in contacting process [Biz Journals]

Women business owners need retirement plans also [PaysonRoundup]


All female crew takes “unmanned” flight to new level of meaning [Daily Democrat]

Marines in Afghanistan run in honor of fallen “sister” [dividshub.net]

Non Traditional Jobs

STEM faculty parity at community colleges [Inside Higher Ed]

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The Topsy Turvy Path to Equality

Posted by ptanji on August 26, 2011

I just listened to Charlie Rose’s interview with Gloria Steinem.  If you get a chance check out the HBO documentary  “Gloria: In Her Own Words”.   How fitting to reflect on such a rich, full, life well lived long after the suffragists work culminated on August 26, 1920.  Alas, the advancement of women in society is not just about the work of great women like Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Susan B. Anthony – it is about all of us.  Advancing the role of women continues to be about our stories, our work, and our legacies.   What’s yours?

I did not grow up a feminist and never heard the term until my early 30’s.  As a young adult I knew about battered women’s shelters, double standards, and that teenage girls who had sex with boys were considered ‘sluts’.  I knew girls that got pregnant were sent away – far, far, away, that the coffee at my work was served under a poster of a playboy bunny and that sexual advances of men at work were just something you put up with.  But, I never knew there was a movement afoot to address the insanity until my early 30’s – and then, of course, I joined it.

By the 1990’s, the right to vote, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, and other laws to address reproductive health, property, and lending rights were already passed.  Sexual harassment was the injustice of my day and it became my cause while Anita Hill bore the torch.  As a result of the sexual harassment movement there is a name for those playboy posters by the coffee station and the unwanted solicitations I endured.  Many stories were told, many political battles were fought and won and many advances gained.   Which begs the question, what’s next?

Today, the rights of all people to exist as equals to all others remains a global cause for women and men.  The uprising in Libya is the latest to catch our attention as people there fight for the right to bring their whole human selves to wherever they are, the workplace, the mosques, the sidewalk café’s, and to the political arena. The fight for justice continues and is necessary.  In Gloria’s words, “There’s something in us that knows, you are not the boss of me.”

In Stanton and Anthony’s days the suffrage movement was fragmented between the abolishonists, the temperance movement, and women’s rights.  In Gloria’s day the women’s movement was fragmented between the Betty Friedan (The Feminine Mystique)   camp of white suburban middle class women who wanted to join the existing systems and the Bella Abzug camp who were fighting for welfare and lesbians rights.  Steinem describes them as “not at all what Betty had in mind.”  Today women are equally fragmented between those of us on the left of left, the right of left, the middle left (confused yet?) and just about anywhere in between. And I would be remiss if I did not mention women who would drop over dead if they heard their name is the same sentence as Gloria Steinem. (aka Bachman, Palin).   There are thousands of fragments because “no one owns a movement”, Gloria reminds us.  Yes, indeed.

Yesterday, I tossed my poster of suffragists in the recycling as a symbolic nod to a new era of the feminist movement.    A messy, unpredictable, undisciplined, non-linear, topsy-turvy exciting movement to God knows where.  Pick a spot and join the ride.  Its going to be wild! And, don’t forget to tell your story.

[Patty Tanji is the President of the Pay Equity Coalition of Minnesota.  She is also the owner of Open Workplace where she educates and motivates leaders to incorporate practices in their organizations that encourage trust, accountability, and transparency.  You can find her on twitter @ptanji]

Patty Tanji
Patty Tanji

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Joining Forces: Women Veterans Speak Out

Posted by YWM on May 9, 2011

Read our second installment of our new every-other-week Joining Forces feature that will bring us the voices of women veterans telling their stories.  If you are a women veteran who would like to share your story, please contact us through our Joining Forces for Women Veterans Facebook page.

What Front Line? by Tonya V. James

When we watch television or listen to stories of service members recounting the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat stress,  we often times only see and think of male service members. You may think that maybe women do not deal with these type issues because they are not a part of combat arms units. While that is technically correct, female service members cannot be assigned to combat arms units, they can be in combat service support jobs, and are often attached to combat arms units.

The myths of a “front-line” type of war like the Civil War and that women are “in the rear with gear” are a thing of the past. Women are receiving combat action ribbons and Purple Heart Medals like never before.  Yet Americans today seem to have a hard time grasping the concept of their daughters on patrols in occupied cities or leading convoys on dangerous routes where improvised explosives devices (IEDs) are planted. The fact of the matter is they are, and they are doing it just as well as their male counterparts.

While I was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to the Helmand Province, I was a part of what is called a Female Engagement Team which consisted of four female Marines and one female Navy corpsman. Our job was to go along when one of the infantry units went out to patrol. We would go out with them to talk to local women because the males were not permitted to do so. Our primary mission was to win their hearts and minds and gain valuable intelligence about insurgents.  While we were out on missions, I never felt overwhelmingly afraid, although, my adrenaline did increase at times.  But everything would feel normal once we returned back to our base camp.  It was not until my return to the States that I started having very vivid nightmares of someone trying to kill me, and was unable to sleep. Based on questions I was asked at my required post deployment health assessment, I learned that I was dealing with combat stress.  The scary part is that I answered no to most of the questions when the real answer was a big fat yes.  And I honestly believe that a lot of female service members do answer no while on active duty. They may feel that their role was not as great as their male counterparts and in turn believe that what they are going through is not a big deal. Which still does not change the fact that they have a lot emotional and mental issues that need to be dealt with whether they remain on active duty or not.  But the important thing to remember is that it is always easier to get help and support while on active duty, or at least get it started, before leaving the ranks.

As troops return home from war, some leave active duty soon after returning without getting the helpor dcoumentaiont of their health status.   This is important if they are going to get services after leaving active duty.  I cannot stress the importance of taking your mental evaluation seriously and not downplaying any emotions that you may be feeling, because your service is no different than that of your brothers-in-arms.  A little known fact is that one in three service members that go to a combat zone do have some level of combat stress and that female service members are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD as males. It is also important that once you leave active duty, if you feel that you need help, seek it out immediately. These emotions do not just go away with time, as we can see from the Vietnam Era veterans. A site I recommended to those that have asked for my help after leaving active duty is www.ptsdhelp.net. There are many other organizations, including VA and non VA,  that can get you the right help that you need.

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Women’s Equality Day, The Right to Vote and Nuclear Negotiations

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 26, 2010

Working for the Right to Vote

On Women’s Equality Day we not only celebrate passage of the 19th Amendment 90 years ago giving women the right to vote but also call attention to women’s ongoing efforts to achieve full equality.  While while a greater percentage of women vote than men we don’t hold a proportionate number of elected positions. And while we are now more than 50 percent of the workforce we have not achieved pay equity.

But what I would call a “good news” story in the Washington Post caught my eye the other day.  The Post reported that during the negotiations on the new nuclear treaty with Moscow, the U.S. team was filled with women.  It was so noticeable that the Russians even asked “How come you’ve got so many women?”  While not reported I hope our team asked back “How come you’ve got so many men?”

Some of you may not have been around 25 years ago when President Reagan’s White House chief of staff Donald Regan said that women ”aren’t interested in the nitty-gritty” of nuclear negations and that they are not ”going to understand throw weights or what is happening in Afghanistan or what is happening in human rights.” He also said when discussing females and South African sanctions — ”Are the women of America prepared to give up all their diamonds?” 

Rose Gottemoeller

Hard to believe that someone could say such offensive things and hold on to their job, but today’s nuclear team has proven him oh so wrong.  As reported in the Post the U.S team was led by Rose Gottemoeller. Her deputy was Marcie Ries, another diplomat. The top two U.S. scientists were female. And helping to close the deal on the New START agreement was Ellen O. Tauscher, a State Department undersecretary and former congresswoman. Obviously women not only get nuclear policy, they run it or at least a lot of it.   

Women hold now senior positions at the State Department, Pentagon, Senior Intelligence Service, USAID and the White House. These changes have not come about overnight, since it has only been since 1973 that the State Department lifted its ban on married women in the diplomatic service.  But the times they are a changin’ and it feels good to this woman who can remember her anger at Donald Regan’s unapologetic foot in mouth moment.  I did get a laugh though when Andrea Mitchell asked Regan about throw weights and he hemmed and hawed with such a lack of understanding, it was a joy to behold.

But we don’t have to go back 25 years to find stupid statements about women’s worth in the workplace.  Just last week a U.S. Chamber of Commerce employee, Brad Peck, blogged about how women wanting equal pay have a “Fetish for Money” and how we should focus on marrying the right partner, I guess to take care of us so we wouldn’t have to work.  He and Don Regan would have been best buddies. 

So where are we now?  We have come along way but there is still a long way to go.  Not only to achieve equality but to overcome and silence the likes of Brad Peck and Donald Regan.  I know I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me and I only hope that my shoulders are stong enough to hold those still coming. 

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