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 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.

 Take Your Relationship To The Next Level

Curious about how to deepen your relationship with your romantic partner? Looking to navigate the challenges that love can bring? Gain new understanding and insight into your love life during a free webinar with Susan Bennett Fisher and Martin Fisher, Co-Founders of Body of 9. The Body of 9 offers a comprehensive body-based Identification system to better understand yourself and others.  Like Myer’s Briggs, the Enneagram, or other personality identification systems, Body of 9 enables you to better understand who you are and what your strengths and skills are.  Body of 9 differs in that it is body-based – it is the shape, tone, energy of your body that tells you which of the “types” you are. 
 
February’s free webinar events will be held on February 20 and 23. To learn more and to register, click here: https://bodyof9.com/2021-webinar-series/
 

 Bozeman Business Recovery Fund

Prospera has business grants and microloans available for small businesses that are located in the city limits of Bozeman. Late last year the City and Prospera worked together to create this new fund aimed at helping business recover – for what we know would be a challenging 2021. Businesses that meet the program criteria can be eligible for grants up to $10,000 to cover lease & utility payments, or they can apply for a $30,000 microloan for working capital.


The next round of funding will open on February 24th, 2021 at 8am.


Please be ready to apply quickly as funding rounds filled within the first hour.

https://www.prosperamt.org/bozeman-businesses-recovery-lease-utility-grant

https://www.prosperamt.org/bozeman-business-recovery-micro-loan

 2021 Virtual Girls for a Change Summit Hosted by Thrive

Thrive has switched this year to a virtual series to help keep participants safe. The plan is to offer one session that will happen on Saturdays each month from 10:00-11:00 am. The cost is $10 per girl per session and registration for each session will open up one month prior to start date of each session.

The first session is MOVEMENT on February 20th: Includes Self-Empowerment Yoga & Beginner Dance with an inspirational speaker, favorite pop songs, beginner dance moves and combos, and confidence to move freely, express yourself boldly, and conquer the world around you!

  • ALL SESSIONS ARE VIRTUAL THIS YEAR AND THEY HAVE A NEW FORMAT! 
  • Registration is open to all girls in grades 7-12 and will open up one month prior to start date of each session. 
  • The cost is $10 per girl per session. Registration is non-refundable.
  • Participants under the age of 18 are required to have parent/guardian signature.
  • Thrive is unable to change workshops for participants once registration has been submitted.
  • Scholarships are available on the registration page!

GFAC Summit – Bozeman, MT

 Job Opening: Montana Women’s Business Center – Program Director

Montana Women’s Business Center – Program Director (full-time)
Prospera Business Network is the leading non-profit organization advancing and supporting community centered economic development in southwest Montana. Our focus is helping people start and grow their
business – in turn strengthening our region’s economy and communities. At Prospera, we provide confidential business counseling, professional trainings, small business loans, business development grants and timely economic research.

Job Description
The Montana Women’s Business Center (MTWBC) is a program of Prospera Business Network and is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Established in 2009, the MTWBC is one of over 140 business centers across the country. We provide the necessary tools and support to help women and others establish, grow and sustain businesses throughout Montana.

The Program Director will be part of the Prospera business development team that will design, plan and implement business technical assistance, and education and training programs–to advance the goals of the
MTWBC. The position will work in tandem with Prospera’s new Small Business Development Center Regional Director and other national Women’s Business Centers to capitalize on existing resources and
partnerships that can help clients be successful.
The Program Director is responsible for creating a powerful program that will attract business and thought leaders who can strengthen our impact locally and other communities in Montana. And who can help us provide effective business counseling, mentoring, technical assistance, and professional trainings that help women-owned and women-led businesses grow in Montana. In 2019, the MTWBC won the national honor of “Women’s Business Center of the Year” and we are looking for a candidate to continue
strengthen the program.

Get more details here https://www.prosperamt.org//uploads/WBC-Program-Director-Job-Description-2021.pdf