Archive for April, 2009

Hurrah for Hilda!

April 28, 2009

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on equal pay received today April 28, 2009.

WASHINGTON – ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today made the following statement on equal pay:

“One of the most fundamental principles on which our nation was founded is the belief that we are all created equal.

“Yet today, women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women of color earn even less. Countless women are losing thousands of dollars in salary, income and retirement savings over the course of a lifetime. As a result, women often must work longer or harder to make ends meet.

“As the secretary of labor, I am committed to ensuring that the women in our country and around the world have a voice and advocate.

“The Labor Department is working hard at implementing the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which has had a direct impact on women. While women have a lower overall unemployment rate than the general population, women are also impacted when a spouse loses a job.

“Increases to unemployment insurance and extensions of benefits become the lifeboat for families who are struggling in this recession. The Recovery Act provides a 65 percent tax subsidy for the cost of health benefits, making them more affordable for the unemployed, and will help millions of families keep their health coverage.

“Additional funds have been made available to local communities for job training and employment services. These programs will help women across generations and socio-economic groups participate in a sustainable ‘green’ economy by attaining higher-paying, career-ladder jobs in nontraditional fields.

“Equal pay is not just about fairness; it is also about making our economy work for everyone. Pay discrimination impacts the ability of families to put food on the table, fill the gas tank and pay the electric bill.

“There are no second class citizens in our workplaces, and it’s not just unjust and illegal but bad for business to pay someone less because of her or his gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability.

“We must work to close the pay gap that is taking millions of dollars out of the pockets of families across the country and undermining our economic stability.”

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Hope for Women in Afghanistan

April 15, 2009

I simply can’t believe that the women of Afghanistan are being abandoned again by the world’s super powers. Pres. Karzai signed into law last week a bill that legalizes marital rape. This week a woman’s rights activist was mudered in front of her own home and yesterday a young couple who had attempted to elope were executed. The Taliban is alive and well and living in Afghanistan. On Thursday April 16 I will be introducing Connie Duckworth, the Chairman of the Board of Arzu at a reception. This is a non-profit organization that works with women rug weavers in Afghanistan and helps to get their finely woven carpets to foreign markets. Local businessman Rob Leahy is hosting Arzu this weekend at Fine Rugs of Charleston at 1523 Meeting St. Ext. in Charleston. There will be a free reception on Thursday from 5 to 7pm, the rugs will be available then and all day Friday and Saturday. On Saturday at 1pm I will moderate a discussion of what life really is like for women in Afghanistan. It is one of my passions as I was a Peace Corps Volunteer there just before the Russian invasion in 1980. I have kept up with all that has happened since then and honestly believe that women in the US need to fight for the rights of our sisters being hugely oppressed by the Taliban.

Women in Biz Rock!

April 1, 2009

Speed Networking

Speed Networking

The 4th annual Women in Business Conference co-sponsored by the Center for Women and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce was held on Friday March 27 and was sold out!!! It was an awesome gathering of over 300 motivated and inspiring women. Several notes came in the mail (when was the last time you took the time to write a note instead of an email?).

Holly F. wrote that she “had a fabulous time and met some very inspiring women”. Another participant, Jennifer B., said “thank you for having such a wonderful organization for women. I attended the conference …and it was fantastic. I just joined the Center for Women…and I have got to tell you I am hooked.”

Young entrepreneurs Kristen and Catherine wrote” thank you for your wonderful service to the community and women. The conference was a great success.”

The speed networking session was extremely popular and everyone asked for more of it which we will do. Luckily we have our annual networking event on Monday, November 16 so there will be another opportunity this year.

In between folks should come to our regular programs as all of them are networking opportunities.


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