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C4W Member Profile: Sarah McLeod

November 18, 2013

rsz_1dscn4048What is your profession and how long have you been in that profession?
Independent Insurance Agent. 6 months

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  

Being outdoors, spending time with husband, family, friends, and my two dogs (Raleigh and Bronco), playing and watching sports, sewing/redecorating my house, reading, thrift shopping!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?

Brand New Member

What inspired you to become a member?

I just moved back to Charleston and wanted to meet other professional women in the area!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?

It has been great so far and I have been inspired to work harder and help more people!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?

I embrace being a woman and try to use my knowledge to succeed.

What woman (living or past) do you find most inspiring?

Ellen DeGeneres for her philanthropies and for the ability to laugh that she brings to so many people.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

To go invisible!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?

Never give up, smile, and hold your head high.  When bad days come or the road gets rough always remember this too shall pass!

Women from History: The Grimke Sisters

November 7, 2013

Angelina and Sarah Grimke

Some of the first advocates of women’s rights and the abolition of slavery were two sisters from Charleston, South Carolina, Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and Angelina Grimke (1805-1879). The Grimke sisters were “raised in the cradle of slavery” and were the daughters of a wealthy plantation owner, Judge John Fauchereaud Grimke. Even though the girls grew up with the privilege and comfort of their aristocratic life, they grew to despise the institutions they were so much a part of: slavery and patriarchal societies that oppress women. As young girls, the sisters taught their slaves to read, something that was highly punishable not only on the plantations, but by law.

Sarah accompanied her father to Philadelphia in 1819, and it was there that she encountered the Society of Friends, or Quakers. The Quaker’s view on equality of the sexes and antislavery resonated with Sarah, and she eventually converted to Quakerism, and Angelina later on. The Grimke sisters moved to Philadelphia, and that move gave them the motivation and confidence to know, that as women, they could make a difference and have their voices heard.

appeal to the christian women

A copy of Angelina Grimke’s pamphlet, “Appeal to the Christian Women of the South”

Angelina published a pamphlet called “Appeal to the Christian Women of the South”. This document was directed at Southern, white women, and it was a call to arms to help end the institution of slavery. The pamphlet was burned and criticized in many areas of the South in opposition to the Grimke sisters’ message. Sarah and Angelina began a speaking tour of over 67 cities, mostly in the North, which was “unheard of women of the time… Angelina’s last speech of the tour, to the Massachusetts Legislature, made her the first woman in American history to speak in front of a legislative body”. Sarah and Angelina’s involvement and fervor on the subjects of abolition and  women’s right lead to a lot of “condemnation from religious leaders and traditionalists who did not believe that it was a woman’s place to speak in public”.

These groundbreaking women helped pave the way for future abolitionist and women’s rights activism. They broke from their privileged, plantation life and linked the struggles of women and slaves in order to create the hope for an equal and progressive future, free of oppression.


Rosalind Elise Franklin

September 6, 2013

July 25, 1920- April 16, 1958
Biophysicist and a Pioneer Molecular Biologist

rosalindRosalind Franklin was not only a pioneer for women in modern science, but she is also responsible for the research done that discovered the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

Franklin attended one of the only girls’ schools in London that offered physics and chemistry. By 15, she knew she wanted to become a scientist. Franklin’s father disproved of university education for women, and wished for Franklin to pursue social work, therefore refusing to pay for her education if it meant her pursuing the sciences. With the support of her aunt and mother, she attended Newnham College and graduated in 1941. By 1945, at the age of 26, she earned her doctorate in physical chemistry from Cambridge University.

Franklin became a research associate in physicist John Randall’s laboratory at King’s College, and was given the responsibility of a DNA project by Randall that she would lead. Many male colleagues mistook her position as just a technical assistant, and dismissed her contributions, mainly on the fact that she was a woman. Between 1951 and 1953, Franklin came very close to discovering the DNA structure, but the scientists Crick and Watson beat her to publication, and therefore are credited by most for the discovery of the DNA molecule structure. Many say that Franklin deserved more credit for her contributions, and that her being a woman in a male-dominated field and working in a hostile environment towards women, kept her from achieving the praise she was and is due for.

In the summer of 1956, she became ill with ovarian cancer. She continued her work through three operations and experimental chemotherapy, and passed at the age of 37 from the cancer.



lwwwSeptember is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and nearly 70% of these women, including Rosalind Franklin, die within five years of their diagnoses. The Lowcountry Women with Wings (LWWW) program was established by Terry Scharstein, an ovarian cancer patient, in partnership with the Center for Women. LWWW provides education and support services to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, their caregivers and families.

LWWW is one of the charities participating in Second Sunday on King Street this Sunday, September 8.  Come by for a teal wristband to help break the silence about Ovarian Cancer!

Becoming a Go Giver

June 28, 2013

Businesswoman shouting her victory to the world

by Karen Stawicki

The Go Giver, by Bob Burg and David Mann has transformed my life.

Almost 4 years ago, a dear friend had told me that she had been given this book and could not put it down and thought I should read it. She shared with me that when she got to the end…..she had tears, lots of them….interesting I thought.

I read the book in one sitting and you likely will too (I do recommend having a tissue nearby).  I gave the book  to my husband while we were on a cruise and he read it in one sitting and then our (then 21 year old) son did the same one afternoon hanging out poolside.  Oh, and yes, when he got to the end of the book, even though he was sporting an awesome pair of Ray Bans…I saw a few tears trickling down his cheeks.  He later confided in me that he was glad I gave him that book and said reading it would forever change his life.

What are we all looking for?  Why do we attend networking groups?  Having been in the financial services business for over 30 years, I have seen a lot of prosperity and more recently, a lot of hardship.  But in all of it, most recently, I have seen that business is not as usual. People know that we must do things differently.  Showing up, shoving a card in someone else’s hands expecting that they will call you is something of the past.  Today it’s about relationships…period.

As a result of having read this book I felt compelled to do something, so I started a group that would meet in my office once a month.  The third Wednesday of every month.  We called the group TWAS; (Third Wednesday At Stawicki’s) and for over two years, that group met every month.  The premise of the group was simply to find a way to introduce quality people to quality people… like Pindar in the book; I wanted to be “The Connector”.

That’s what this little red book is all about.  Ultimately we learn that the secret to success is GIVING!

This book takes you; along with Joe, on a wonderful journey of truths.  On this journey we are introduced to the FIVE LAWS OF STRATOSPHERIC SUCCESS.  As Joe learns each LAW, he also needs to apply the law the day he learns it….

What a novel idea…how many of us have learned something, actually had an “ah ha moment” over something that we believed would be life changing but somehow never got the chance to apply it… and then “poof” it’s gone!

I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book and take the journey.  I can only tell you that as a result of reading this amazing story, I have bought and shared over 110 copies of the book with people I’ve met, business associates, clients… those I just wanted to bless.

Having just moved here to Charleston two months ago, I am reminded as I share this story with others of the wonderful “chemistry” that just happened through the sharing of the Go Giver.  I’ve already given two copies to people I’ve met and am wondering if TWAS might not find a new home here in Charleston soon.


Karen has been passionate about sharing her knowledge as it relates to finance but more specifically creating a plan for everyone that she works with that’s based on more than hope!

She has been applauded by her clients and others for having a way of making complex, intangible concepts like retirement planning easy to understand and implement.

In addition to her work with investment and retirement planning, Karen loves to speak and is always looking for quality groups to share her stories with…topics include finance of course, The Go Giver as well as Her Testimony and  how Agape Love saved her marriage a decade ago.

Karen is married to her husband Greg  of now 33+ years and together they have two children, Samantha and Scott.

C4W Member Profile: Barbara M. Fowler

May 15, 2013

Barbara-Lucey-410What is your profession?  Partner and CMO At Chief Outsiders, a marketing strategy firm.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Reading, playing with my dogs, teaching International Business and Cross Cultural Management (I taught these as an Adjunct at Rutgers University before I moved).

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Recent

What inspired you to become a member? I just moved here from NJ to start firm and several people mentioned the importance of this group.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I love it. My husband stayed home and took care of the kids and I was able to go wherever my career took me. I love the choices women have today-as long as we have them. I always want to feel like my life is a “work in process” and that I have lots more to do and learn.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Keep learning, growing and changing so that you have choices in the future. 

How can people connect with you?, on Twitter at @barbfow50, on LinkedIn at or just an old-fashioned telephone call at 843-388-7769.

C4W Member Profile: Deb Mangolt

May 1, 2013

debmangoltWhat is your profession? Co-author of Drink Wine and Giggle (101 ways girlfriends can connect, have fun and be inspired) and Event Planner for women groups, family reunions, and corporate team-building for groups that want to have fun while they learn new things.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I am a licensed Life Coach and licensed Zumba instructor. I play golf, volunteer at Hospice and I’m an avid runner.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Since 2007 (maybe earlier—I cannot remember living in Charleston without C4W and we moved here in 1997).

What inspired you to become a member? The programs that C4W offer cover the gambit. I love the staff and leaders at the C4W and feel extremely confident that the center is genuine in helping women to reach their highest goals. Jennet Robinson Alterman is truly an inspiration and we are so fortunate in Charleston to have the opportunity to get to know Jennet. I am especially honored in that Jennet has endorsed our book, which can be seen in the opening pages.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Substantial. C4W has been with me through job changes, mid-life crisis, career changes, and much more. I’ve learned about putting together my website to building a business to having more joy in my life.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I am proud to be a woman. Although inequalities still exist, I will fight for my rights in the way in which I was raised—with compassion, honesty and a sense for community—and refuse to take the more aggressive approach to reach my goals.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Women are uniquely skilled and positioned to help each other. Find a network that offers support and relevant advice and then be ready to reciprocate. United, women are very powerful. There is a tremendous amount of talented women ready and available to help you succeed. You need only ask for help. Typically women do not like to ask for help but try it once and you’ll see how the network of women operate to make us all successful.

How can people connect with you?
Twitter @LynneDebJulie


On this day…

June 4, 2010

June 4, 1919, the U.S. Congress ratified the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Over a year and a half later Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment making it law. It almost didn’t happen. Thanks to a young woman from Charleston, S.C. the battle was won on a Tennessee morning in August of 1920.

Anita Pollitzer was the daughter of a merchant in Charleston who went to Columbia University in New York City because the College of Charleston was all male. While there she met Alice Paul, the great suffragette. Anita immediately saw the importance of working towards women’s suffrage and joined Alice’s group of activists. It was Alice’s idea to picket the White House to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to support their efforts. They were the first group to do so. They were jailed and went on hunger strike. When the press found out that Alice and several others were being force fed it led President Wilson to relent and ask Congress to support a 19th amendment to the Constitution that would give women the right to vote. It wasn’t a completely selfless gesture however as the US was embroiled in WWI and women were needed to fill jobs vacated by fighting soldiers. Congress ratified the amendment on June 4, 1919. It now needed 36 states to ratify before becoming law.

In August of 1920 Tennessee was scheduled to vote on ratification. It would be the much needed 36th state if the vote succeeded. Alice Paul sent Anita there to lobby. Anita had spent that year traveling the country as the premier lobbyist for the amendment. When she arrived in Tennessee she discovered that the legislature was evenly divided between supporters and opponents. It was her job to find a ‘swing’ vote. She had done her research and put her sights on Harry Burns to lobby to switch sides. She met with him and made an eloquent case for the economic and moral reasons to vote in favor. He wouldn’t budge.

The morning of the vote all of the white male legislators filed into the chamber. Half went to one side and the other half were seated across from them. Just before the vote was called a Western Union messenger boy ran into the chamber and delivered a telegram to Harry Burns. Harry opened it, read it, folded it and put it into his pocket. He then got up out of his seat and crossed the room to join the supporters of the amendment which was then ratified by a one vote margin.

The telegram was from Harry’s mother. Anita had gone to see her to plead her case. Mrs. Burns said in her telegram to her son, “Allow me the right to vote before I die.”

Anita refused to give up on what she believed. I remember Anita when ever I am faced with the naysayers who don’t take the issues women face seriously. I hold Anita in my heart when talking about paying women on a par with men and electing more women to public office. Anita Pollitzer is my heroine and an example of true grit and determination. Happy ratification day Anita!!!

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