Empowered Women Leading Business
NFBPWC January 2017 E-News
National Federation of Business and Professional Women
Happy New Year!
We have entered into our new year 2017 and it is a good time to reflect on the past successful accomplishments of our organization and to look at our goals and vision for the future.
I am humbled and continually inspired by our members dedication, commitment and unending work on the issues we all care about so deeply. We as women, have a critical responsibility to participate, engage and work at making the changes that must mold the future for us all in common especially in the areas of equality. NFBPWC is a non partisan organization, but all the critical women's issues cross over party lines, and therefore, no matter which political party you are affiliated with, we will continue to raise the awareness and our strong voices as a national organization on those issues that affect gender equality,economic disparity and access to all benefits that the male gender have. Our strong national and international partnerships with WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy, the ERA Coalition (Equal Rights Amendment Coalition) UN Women (United Nations Women) )ITC (International Trade Centre),We Connect International and Women for Water keep us on the leadership platform and ensure that we are on track with the major women's organizations voices on all levels .
Our national organization is rebuilding and growing and we are now 2 years away from celebrating our 100 year anniversary. I am counting on each and every member to participate in, and build on, this proud legacy, in addition to joining us at our triennial BPW International Congress in Cairo in October, as members of the proud delegation of our country.
All around our country Women will be marching to raise awareness on our issues. See VP Linda Wilson's message below on the Women's March in Washington. Events are planned in all states and major cities. Check this link to see what is happening in your area.
Make history at the start of 2017 and join in....
Our 1st QUARTER NFBPWC ONLINE 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGis scheduled for Monday January 16th.Please MARK your Calendars.
Finally, I invite you to view this wonderful video from our BPW International President.
Liz Benham President 2016-2018
Membership starts with YOU!
Our National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs has a vibrant and growing membership in the United States.
We have a new Momentum Club for NFBPWC (which will facilitate the opening of new clubs around the country)
Our organization grows stronger with each new member and club!
CHALLENGE: I have a challenge for every member: bring in at least 3 new members and we will give you a special recognition pin!
We can make a difference for all women – take that next step and encourage others to join us as we continue to make history!
Megan Shellman NFBPWC VP Membership
After the election of Trump, Hawaiian grandmother Teresa Shook went on Facebook saying that women should march. From this plea came the “Women’s March on Washington, D.C.” [new name – previously called Million Women’s March on Washington, D.C.] and other cities around the country on January 21st. According to a CNN report Fontaine Pearson, one of the march's organizers, the march is not a protest against Trump or the legitimacy of the election, but said it is to shed light on women's issues, including sexual assault and workplace discrimination. More than 125,000 people have signed up for this march. The plan calls for the people to assemble at the corner of Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW in front of the Capitol at 10:00 A.M. and march along Independence Avenue to another site. You need to sign up if you are going so that you have a ticket and bring family and friends. It's free to sign up. Here's the sign up for the Women's March on Washington: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-on-washington-official-tickets-29428287801. Some cities having local marches are Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Los Angeles, Pasadena, CA, New York City, Seattle, Spokane, South Florida, Chicago, Austin and many other places around the country. Here's the sign up for New York City: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-on-nyc-tickets-29464021682. For the latest information on the other marches: https://www.womensmarch.com/sister-marches/. There are also international marches in Toronto, London, Geneva, Sydney and other places. More information is available on Facebook for these local marches. If you plan to participate either in Washington, D.C. or locally, try to publicize the NFBPWC and the Equal Rights Amendment. Colorado BPW is planning to march in Denver and will be using the event as membership recruitment for BPW.
The NFBPWC California Federation plans to show “Equal Means Equal” at its February 25th Public Policy Conference. Kamala Lopez, the narrator and producer, is in the process of translating the film into Spanish. She has also written an 80 page curriculum and those universities and colleges who purchase the film with public performance rights will receive the curriculum. She also plans to do a shorter version of the curriculum for high schools. You may want to alert colleges and universities about this opportunity to teach about ERA and some on CEDAW. Dr. Dionne Espinoza from California State University, Los Angeles, reports that they plan to show the film this spring. Kamala Lopez said she has received a lot of positive press on this film, and she thinks it may be nominated for five film awards including the Academy Award for a documentary if there is enough buzz.Kamala also would like to get the film on English and Spanish TV stations. Anyone who can help do this is to let her know.
Another film that you may want to view online is “50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present and Future of Women + Power” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9ksFTwp5zg . The film is 20 minutes long and gives history and names of women leaders back 10,000 years up to the present. It talks about suffrage in the U.S. and the Equal Rights Amendment. It is a statement of facts – not really a call to action as is “Equal Means Equal,” but is worth viewing
CFBPW member Katherine Winans, who is a resident of Nevada, reports “I’m reaching out to Nevada’s ERA folks to see where we stand and what action to expect. Dems have taken back both houses of our legislature and one Republican has switched her party affiliation to Non-partisan. We may yet get NV to move.”
Colorado BPW was able to get a Resolution in support of the principles of CEDAW passed in Lafayette. The clerk for the Mayor of Louisville said that the Mayor will most likely sign the resolution in a City Council meeting in December or January or February. They are also working on passing an ordinance or resolution in Westminster, Longmont and Erie. Boulder is waiting for the report of their “Pay Equity Study before moving forward in any way. Greeley is passing their first Proclamation, then Resolution, then first ordinance and then final binding ordinance in a five-year plan. The Mayor of Denver has stated that he will never sign the CEDAW agreement while he is in office. They are also considering putting all their information about CEDAW on thumb drives and giving them to all their local chapters. Each chapter will be asked to report monthly on their progress. See http://cedaw-colorado.org/ for more information on Colorado. They now have eleven supporting organizations on their page. New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh are working on CEDAW. In California San Francisco, Los Angeles and Berkeley have ordinances. Los Angeles is actively working on implementing it. Those with resolutions in California are Daly City, Glendale, Long Beach and Santa Monica. In Florida Miami-Dade County has an ordinance. In Florida those with resolutions are St. Petersburg and Tampa. Sarasota is working on an ordinance or resolution.
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York in cooperation with UNA/USA and the USNC-UN Women sponsored the Second National Virtual Conference on Cities for CEDAW on Friday, December 9th. I participated in the Conference as did others from Colorado BPW. Various speakers talked about how important it is for cities to adopt CEDAW to help the women and girls in their cities. Part of the program was the breakout sessions. One suggestion from my breakout session was that we should partner with the universities and professors. They might be able to get grants to help in the effort of passing CEDAW in the cities. Another said that we need to share what we are doing. The organizers plan to share the recommendations from the breakout sessions.
Commission on the Status of Women 61 (CSW61) will be March 13-24 in New York City. The theme is “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work.” The review theme will be “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session).” The emerging issue is "The empowerment of indigenous women." BPW International will select the representatives to D20. There are at least five members of NFBPWC, who are interested. It is free for people to attend the main events. There will be more than 20 UN delegates from BPW International and typically more than 100 members fly in from around the world. The highlight is the BPW International Gala dinner. There is more information at www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017. Registration is open until January 27th for the Leaders Summit, which is March 10-11 – right before CSW 61.
According to a news release from the National Women's History Museum (see https://www.nwhm.org/blog/2016/11/ ) the Congressional appointed committee is recommending a national women's history museum on a prominent place on the National Mall, and that it needs to be administered by the Smithsonian. The Executive Report of the Committee is at http://amwh.us/report/. The Committee also recommends that fundraising for this museum be done through the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement. The goal should be to raise $150-$180 million for a museum with 75,000 to 90,000 square feet. They project the museum would open in 2026.
November 25th was the centennial observance of Inez Milholland's death. Citizens from around the United States are signing a digital petition urging President Obama to award a presidential medal to Inez (1882-1916) – see https://www.change.org/p/help-honor-an-american-hero. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) has nominated Milholland for the Citizen’s Medal, the second highest Presidential Award for Americans who have made significant contribution to the nation’s progress. Milholland is buried in upstate New York. She was born and raised in Brooklyn.
Linda Wilson NFBPWC VP Advocacy
From the Treasurer
All affiliates need to urgently report their year end membership numbers that are continueing for 2017. Please advise your club treasurer asap that you are renewing your membership for 2017 so that they may notify us to manage our reports and finances.
Gloria Flores -NFBPWC Treasurer
United Nations Corner
Antonio Guterres, the new UN secretary-general, is the former prime minister of Portugal.
NFBPWC - Young Members
Affiliate presidents please kindly connect me with your Young NFBPWC members so that we can engage together
Young NFBPWC Representative
Following up on the Environment - SDG Goals (UN Sustainable Development Goals)
YOU ARE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!!!
We Are Evolving!
I believe we are all evolving both individually and also as a species. I look at the new year as being challenging and exciting. Even the things that are causing fear and anxiety will help us to grow.
I also believe we all need to talk more about climate change and solutions. Twenty-five years ago many folks were afraid to talk about suicide, and there was much stigma around mental illness. Once we started talking about these topics openly and more frequently, the stigma has decreased. With many more people seeking help and increased knowledge, understanding and compassion are rising.
Once in a while I will start a discussion with someone about environmental issues. There’s a meeting I’ve been attending regularly for about three years now, and I couldn’t help but notice a married couple bringing a new plastic water bottle every week. One day I started a conversation with them. I pointed out that, first of all, the brand they were drinking is just purified tap water and, secondly, that less than 20% get recycled. Then I noted that our appetite for plastic bottled water uses several million barrels of petroleum every year.
The Pacific Institute estimated that in 2006:
Producing the bottles for American consumption required 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation
Bottling water produced more than 2.5 millions of carbon dioxide
It took 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of water
Despite our conversation, week after week for the next two years, they continued their bottled water habit. But then, last night after the meeting, my friend said he was really excited to share something with me. He had recently watched two documentaries, Plastic Ocean and Plastic Paradise, and described how he saw the huge gyres in the oceans where so much of our plastic ends up. He was so excited and told me that now he and his wife reuse the same bottle for at least a week. Then he said, “And it’s all because of you!” I walked out of there jumping for joy!
I do know that I offend people at times. I try really hard to only point out environmentally unsustainable actions when I am in a good mood and able to pull it off in a fun way. But climate change has reached such a critical point that it is way too important to worry whether or not someone might get pissed at me. Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org says, “We’re under attack from climate change – and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.”
You may recall about a year ago I reported in a “Green News” that I had written to several of the local newspapers, expressing that almost every day I hear something scary in the news about climate change. I suggested that instead, how about a special little box in the corner of the front page every day with a simple solution to fight climate change! I followed up several times, to no avail.
So, I am mobilizing — I am starting a Facebook campaign. I will post a simple action for folks to take each week and ask them to share it with all of their friends. This could potentially reach millions of people and make a huge difference. I know I sound like a broken record here, but Eco-Cycle in Boulder, Colorado, one of the most respected organizations and models around the world, states that 42% of our greenhouse gases come from how products are made, transported, used and gotten rid of. Moreover, Eco-Cycle notes that “Zero Waste is one of the quickest and easiest ways to address climate change and build healthy communities.”
To strive for zero waste we must (COMPOST if possible), REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE — and in that order of importance. Please join this campaign and friend and follow me at
or visit www.LaurieDameron.com
Chair NFBPWC Environment and Sustainable Development Committee
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