Stand in Solidarity on April 6th with Bozeman’s Women to Commemorate

On April 6th at 6:00 pm, the Bozeman City Commission will commemorate National Equal Pay Day by reporting on the status of its two Resolutions to close the gender pay gap at its weekly meeting. The Bozeman for CEDAW Task Force, a group dedicated to making Bozeman a safer and more just place for the most marginalized women and girls, and Bozeman Business and Professional Women (BBPW), a group of women working to ensure that women in the Gallatin Valley have the tools to succeed, by connecting, educating, and supporting Bozeman’s professional women, together will
be sharing each of their work to help close the intersectional gender pay gap here in Bozeman.


Follow this link: https://www.bozeman.net/government/city-commission to find the Zoom link for the meeting once it is released. We are commemorating National Equal Pay Day because the City of Bozeman
adopted 2 Equal Pay Resolutions: 1) in 2015, Equal Pay for Equal Work (4601); and 2) in 2019, City of Bozeman Gender Pay Equity establishing requirements for the City’s venders and suppliers (5169), whose implementation must be backed with forward- moving action especially during a Pandemic with economic crises. According to the City of Bozeman’s own Equal Pay Report for 2019, women employees only earned
69.8% of what men earned. Across Montana, the data from Women’s Foundation of Montana’s 2018 Equal Pay Report, demonstrates this economic unfairness and inequity is exacerbated by race and ethnicity, as Black women earn 62% of what white men do, Hispanic women earn 54%, and Native American women earn 67%. It is critical that we address the inherently intersectional and unfair nature of pay inequity within our own community and stand in solidarity with women and those most marginalized by race and ethnicity at the April 6 th City Commission meeting.

By virtually attending this meeting, you will learn and hear firsthand from the City of Bozeman on progress made in the past year, about the causes of and solutions in progress to address pay inequity, and from BBPW and the Bozeman Task Force on the way in which the Covid pandemic has served to highlight the racialized and gendered way our society views the value of “women’s” work and pay equity’s connection to other economic security and justice issues, impacting Bozeman workers and families.


Please come and support women this April 6th: participate in the virtual session by testifying in the Public Comment Agenda section, listen in to other testimony, and invite your friends, family and co-workers to come stand for women’s rights and fairness in the workplace.


For more information, go to our Bozeman Task Force to advance the Status and Safety of all Women and Girls Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bozemanforcedaw and Bozeman Business and Professional Women web site: https://www.bozemanbpw.org

Also go to City Of Bozeman | Home for more information on the Bozeman City Commission meeting.

BOZEMAN FOR CEDAW INITIATIVE

Cities for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and Girls (CEDAW)

https://www.facebook.com/bozemanforcedaw/

Why a Bozeman for CEDAW?  There is a continued need to protect and expand the human rights of all women and girls by addressing discrimination in educational, political, economic and cultural areas.  By
adopting an Ordinance or Resolution based on the principles of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) to effectively monitor and end both subtle and substantial
gender discrimination, the City of Bozeman will continue Montana’s tradition of history-making decisions that support women and girl’s advancement and empowerment.

 Local Events – All About Gender Equity!

March is International Women’s Month. This year, Equal Pay Day falls in March (the 31st) AND 2020 is the Centennial Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women achieving the right to vote.

We invite you to join BPW and other local organizations in activities pertaining to recognizing the importance of continuing to fight for equity for all.  Mark your calendars!

-Attend the BPW Educational Luncheon, “Equal Pay Day Update,” presented by City HR Manager, James Henderson at 11:30am on March 18th at Riverside Country Club, . The update will outline the City’s ongoing efforts to close the gender pay gap, will highlight the progress the city has made in the last year, and will outline practical ways the city will work towards gender pay equity, including different forms of outreach that will be employed to reach more diverse groups that represent traditionally under-represented segments of our city.

-Attend the City of Bozeman Commemoration of Equal Pay Day, to be held at Bozeman City Hall, 121 N. Rouse as one of the first agenda items for the Commission Meeting on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.  The meeting begins at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend this public meeting and commemoration; we recommend you arrive early to find your seat and pick up your copy of the agenda and materials that will be available.  Suggest that attendees WEAR RED, both to symbolize how far “in the red” women, non-binary, and minority peoples are in their annual earnings compared to men, and to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

-Stick around City Hall on March 23rd at 6:30pm for the announcement of the City of Bozeman Equity Plan and to hear the Bozeman for CEDAW Initiative‘s 2019 Report and Recommendations for advancing the Status of All Women and Girls!

-Attend the Expanding the Story of Suffrage:  19th Amendment Centennial Panel Discussion, at the Museum of the Rockies, 600 W. Kagy Blvd.  This free, public event will explore the history of suffrage in the United States, and bring attention to the challenges women of color faced on the path to gaining their right to vote.  

-Stop by  Bozeman Brewing Co. Cheers for a Change, March 29th 2pm-8pm. $1 from each drink purchased will benefit the Women’s Foundation of Montana  

-Stop by Bridger Brewing Cheers for a Change, March 30th 5pm-8pm, $1 from each drink purchased will benefit the Women’s Foundation of Montana

-Participate in the Equal Pay Day Discount Campaign by visiting Bozeman businesses on March 31st that are offering a an 18%-off discount for women to represent the average national wage gap.

 Presidential Debate Watch Party at Colombo’s Pizza on Wed. Nov. 20th

An announcement from BBPW, Bozeman for CEDAW, Bridgercare, and MT NOW:

Join us on Wednesday, November 20 from 6-9 PM, at Colombo’s Pizza for a non-partisan Presidential Debate Watch Party that will feature 4 respected women journalists who will be Moderating.  We want to celebrate women’s leadership, political participation and gender and other equity fronts that evening in a no-host, fun engagement event open to all.

More info here at the event Facebook page and below in this linked article:
All-Female Panel To Moderate Next Presidential Debate (Asking The Questions Women Want Answered)

 Bozeman BPW Biggest Night of the Year & Annual Celebrations Event will be October 17th

In honor of National Business Women’s Week®, Bozeman Business & Professional Women would like to invite you to the 2019 Celebrations Event: Cheer to 100 Years! Celebrating Women in History

National Business Women’s Week® is a significant way to observe and raise awareness about women in businesses and women-owned businesses in Bozeman and across the state of Montana.  Since 1928, NBWW has honored the contributions of working women and employers who support working women and their families.

Please join us on October 17th at 5:30 PM at The Baxter in Downtown Bozeman for this Celebration and Fundraising! Cheer to 100 Years VIP Tickets along with three levels of sponsorship ($100-$1,000) are available now! General Event Tickets will go on sale on September 16th! Get your VIP Tickets and becoming an event sponsor here!

We look forward to having you join us for fundraising, cocktails, appetizers, networking, awards, prizes, and plenty of fun! The evening will also feature door prizes and raffles benefiting local education scholarships and small business grants awarded by Bozeman BPW.

All proceeds from this event go directly to our Scholarship & Grants awards for 2020! Your generosity helps support women in our community go to college, open businesses, expand their businesses, and more! Thank you!

 Join Us for our September Networking Social

Once a month Bozeman BPW members are offered a FREE informal, intimate, and low-pressure time to connect with like-minded Bozeman professionals. The networking socials are designed to bring together women in discussions to support good relationships; to exchange knowledge; to develop the capabilities of businesswomen, and to support a new generation of business women. We look forward to seeing everyone. Our September 4th Social will be hosted by Beth with Yellowstone Wild Gallery! If you are a member please RSVP, or if you would like to come and check out the event as a guest purchase a guest ticket.
https://bozemanbpw.org/eventlist/september-networking-social/