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)

 Volunteer businesses needed for donation sites for MSU “Executive Closet” summer clothing drive!

BPW is partnering with the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at MSU to collect professional clothing for, and provide assistance for, the MSU Executive Closet event. Each year in the fall, MSU hosts this wonderful program to provide students with the opportunity to acquire free professional clothing along with tips for how to pair outfits and dress for success – giving students the resources and tools to dress professionally for career fairs, interviews and their first jobs out of college!  Students are able to select and keep a complete professional outfit from a selection of donated clothing.

Some BPW members businesses helped out last year by hosting a bin at their storefront or office as a donation/clothing drop off location. Other individual BPW members helped set up and facilitate the fall clothing giveaway event. Thanks so much to those who participated last year for your help!

We would like to increase our support this year and are calling for volunteers to help in the following areas:

Be a Clothing Donation Host Site

We are looking for host sites who would be willing to act as a drop-off location for donations:

  • A collection bin and signage will be provided to you. 
  • Donations will be collected from your site on a regular basis as determined by you and the collection team from MSU’s Sigma Nu fraternity (but usually every 2 weeks depending on volume)
  • The Clothing Drive will start in mid-June and run until August 23, 2019

Help Prep and Staff the Executive Closet on September 17

If you are not able to be a host site, but would like to assist in other ways, please consider:

  • Help sort donations 1-2 times this summer (dates and times tbd)
  • Help set up the event on Monday, September 16, 2019 4 p.m. – ???
  • Provide clothing assistance to students the day of the event, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please contact BPW President Melissa Herron at president@bozemanbpw.org if you have questions or would like to sign up to be a clothing donation site and/or help out!

Thank you,

Melissa Herron
2019 BBPW President

&

Erin MCormick
Associate Director
MSU Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

Expanding Your Horizons STEM for Girls event accepting applications for presenters and group leaders

Bozeman BPW was a long time sponsor of this annual workshop for middle school girls encouraging them to take math and science to have more career opportunities. Several of our members in the past were presenters and Pat Simmons was a previous Chair of the organization. Here is a link to an article that they are seeking presenters with a due date of January 18.

Use the link below for more information:

https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events/28715

 Didn’t Get to Attend Candidate Forums? Listen to Recordings Here!

Last week, in partnership with the Bozeman Public Library and the League of Women Voters, BPW wrapped up the end of our series of 4 public candidate forums for our local House District races, Gallatin County Commission, a Ballot Issues forum, and the Montana Senate race.

If you were unable to attend the forums but are still curious about the candidates’ stances on important issues for our community and would like to learn more about them before you turn in your ballot (election day is Nov. 6!), you can listen to recordings of the forums here:

Thank you to KGVM community radio for recording these forums, and for your dedication to providing the Gallatin Valley with pertinent local news!

Gallatin County Commission and Montana Senate District 32 & 34 Candidate Forum

Forum on Upcoming Ballot Initiatives

House Candidate Forum for Districts 61, 63, & 65

Candidate Forum – House Districts 64, 67, 68