National Organization for Women shares words in recognition of suffrage

Today, June 4th, is the on hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote. This was a major step for women to participate as equal human beings in the function of decision making and government. Increasing women’s ability to participate without barriers in the democratic process is still needed, and is an important part of BPW’s mission to support and empower women politically.

The National Organization for Women has released an article recognizing the date and its significance, which BPW would like to share with members (From NOW):

“One hundred years ago, on June 4th, 1919, Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment and sent it off to the states for ratification. The amendment is brief, simply stating: ‘The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.’

This hundredth year anniversary only marks the anniversary of the amendment’s passage. Women were still deprived of the right to vote as it took another year for the states to actually ratify the Nineteenth Amendment and even longer for it to be enforced. However, this day marks a milestone in the long struggle for women’s suffrage; a struggle that began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and one that is still a struggle for minority groups to this day.

As NOW celebrates this important anniversary, we recognize that not all women gained their right to vote at the same time. Black women faced Jim Crow laws and voter suppression efforts until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 enforced voter’s rights. Native American women were not considered citizens until 1924, and had to fight state by state for the right to vote, with New Mexico being the final state to guarantee their voting rights in 1962.

During this anniversary, NOW recognizes the significance of the right to vote. NOW works tirelessly with our grassroots activists to protect voting rights and to help citizens exercise their right to vote.”

To learn more about how NOW advocates for women, click here.

 MSU Women of History Event

An announcement from MSU College of Education, Health & Human Development:

Historian Dr. Robert Rydell Interviews Dr. Ellen Kriegbaum, who was one of 5 women who sued the MT Board of Regents and the MT University System for equal pay and promotion for women.

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-7pm

MSU SUB Ballroom B

Followed by a “Where Are We Now?” discussion led by Professor of History & Philosophy, Dr. Kristen Intemann

Dr. Rydell will interview Dr. Ellen Kreigbaum, professor of Biomechanics, the first Director of the MSU Women’s Athletics and one of 125 women honored by MSU and President Cruzado during MSU’s 125th Anniversary celebration.

In 1976, Dr. Kreigbaum and four other plaintiffs, won a lawsuit against MT State and the Board of Regents for discriminating “against women by underutilizing women in certain departments, and by applying inequitable standards regarding salary, promotion, tenure and appointment of women to prominent university committees.”

Dr. Intemann will discuss a range of issues still confronting women in academia such as inclusivity/climate, pay, harassment, retribution, implicit discrimination, microaggressions, and work/life challenges

This event is FREE and is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by College of Education, Health & Human Development Department of History Department of Political Science TRIO Student Support Services

 2019 Bozeman International Film Festival, June 6th-8th

An announcement from BZN Film Celebration:

Bozeman Film Celebration is at the forefront in building bridges of understanding between diverse points of view and is in the vanguard in restoring media literacy among our youth. The vision behind BZN is to highlight movies that make a positive impact on audiences—stories that showcase the best of the human spirit while inviting a call to action.
The Second Annual Bozeman Film Celebration event, the BZN International Film Festival is June 6-9 2019, and spotlights women filmmakers, directors, and actors.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased here:

We hope you’ll Join us!


 An Equal Pay Day message from “Lean-In”: Know Your Worth, Know Your Equity Resources!

In addition to the local April 2nd BPW Equal Pay Business Discount Campaign, check out these helpful resources from the Lean-In April 2nd equal pay newsletter:

“IN Perspective: Equal Pay Matters

Today is Equal Pay Day. That means women in the U.S. had to work all of 2018 and until this day in 2019 to catch up with what men earned in 2018 alone. No matter our job, how much education or experience we have, or the number of hours we work, women are still paid less than men—on average, 20% less, and for Black women, Native American women, and Latinas, the pay gaps are even wider.

Women are doing our part. We’re negotiating and are asking for raises at about the same rates as men. We are leaning in. But gender bias in the workplace means we’re not getting the same results. And the impact of the pay gap can be devastating for women and families, affecting our ability to buy groceries, pay for childcare, invest in our children’s education, and more. It hurts our businesses and communities, too.

Every woman deserves to be paid what she’s worth. It’s time for Equal Pay now.

What your company can do

Companies can’t afford to ignore the gender pay gap, because workplaces where men and women are treated equally and fairly achieve better results. Learn more about steps your company can take to close the gender pay gap.

Know your worth

Find out if you’re being paid fairly by using Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth salary calculator to receive a free personalized salary estimate based on millions of real salaries. Also check out Glassdoor’s new research on the gender pay gap globally.

Negotiate like a pro

Women are doing their part and asking for raises at the same rates as men. Check out our practical steps you can take to improve the outcome of your next negotiation.