If we subscribe to Martin Luther King Jr.'s notion that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice" then we must take into account the economic and cultural status of girls and women in our community.
Toward that end, we draw your attention to International Day of the Girl which is on October 11th and Foundation Center's program Rising Tide: Empowering Low Income Women is on October 14th. These events bring to the status on women front and center.
With respect to Rising Tide, please note the follwoing regarding some of our speakers:
Teleangé Thomas, Program Director, joined the Sisters of Charity Foundation in 2009 to oversee strategies to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations through strategic grant-making in the Healthy Eating/Active Living initiative and Health Policy.
Before joining the Sisters of Charity Foundation, Ms. Thomas served for four years in leadership positions with the Cleveland Department of Public Health. In this capacity she served as Deputy-Project Director of MomsFirst, the National Healthy Start Project, aimed at lowering infant mortality rates in the City of Cleveland, and Steps to a Healthier Cleveland which addresses disparities and chronic conditions among local minority and underserved populations.
“Google the word "woman" and you will instantly receive 1,680,000,000 hits - impressive. This simple exercise demonstrates that women are a common topic of interest and discussion. Even so, I am struck by how uncommon women are in places of leadership and in roles that greatly influence our communities and society.” –Teleange’ Thomas
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to health care, healthy foods and quality education. She represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio and is Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the female-to-male earnings ratio has not changed significantly since 2007. Women in Ohio who work full time earn 77 percent of that for men working full time: this equates to a gap in wages of $10,430 a year. This wage discrimination hinders our economy as women increasingly become the breadwinners in their families. That is why I cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which amends the Equal Pay Act to ensure women who do the same work as men receive equivalent pay.
Andrea DeBiasio has been an active member of the local recovery community since beginning her personal road to recovery on August 12, 2005. Andrea’s triumph over her personal struggles has fueled a deep passion to help others afflicted with addiction. She has been actively volunteering at the Edna House, Jean Marie House of the Ed Keating Center, Stella Maris, and the Absolute House since beginning her own recovery. Andrea has over 20 years of experience in project and employee management, and combining that with her personal passion in recovery, in 2012 she chose to dedicate herself to a full-time position at the Edna House.
We have a large variety of speakers and I cannot highlight all of them. However, they are all changemakers and deserve regoniton. Listed below is our full list of speakers.
Please join us for Rising Tide: Empowering Low Income Women and be part of this important conversation.
As always, be focused on knowledge, innovation and impact!
John Patrick Bailey, Ph.D.