Our Slant                                    Forward Into The Light                                    April 2016

Looking for Expert Advice
on Funding Your Business?  
Wednesday, April 20, Membership Dinner Meeting & Program
Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley
Menu: Teriyaki Chicken w/Pineapple Sauce/Rice/Asian Veggies/Coconut Custard 
Social/Networking 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6 p.m. $21 per person  
Hilary Hodge, executive director of Sierra Commons--
Nevada County's Business Education Center and Co-working Space in Nevada City--will explore the issues of women in business and the special difficulties women have obtaining financial backing at our April 20 meeting. She will also explain what crowdfunding is--including both the benefits and possible downside of using this online fundraising platform.

She has nearly 20 years' experience working for non-profit organizations, and her passion for community service led her to become the Gold Country Gleaners volunteer coordinator.

Hilary is an active business leader, serving on the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Her numerous community activities include membership in the Nevada City Rotary Club, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the League of Women Voters.

Her past leadership accomplishments include serving as grievance chair and board member for the California National Organization for Women (NOW)--as well as acting as president of the organization's UC Davis and Sacramento chapters.

Hilary is also a singer who performs with the Music in the Mountains Chorus and is a columnist for The Union. She lives in Grass Valley with her partner and their three cats.

Invite your friends and colleagues to gain valuable
advice on how to fund your business.

Newcomers and guests are always welcome!

We'll see you on the 20th. Click to RSVP and pre-pay (with credit or debit card with VISA or MC logo) for this month's meeting. Pre-paid reservations are required for members and guests.   

Deadline for reservations: Sunday, April 17. 

Welcome New Member! 
Please welcome new member Cornelia Firth! If you see her at one of our meetings, please introduce yourself and welcome her to our organization! 
Message from Co-Presidents
Lynn Wenzel and Judy McCarrick

Now that the political crazy season is in full swing, you can't miss it--one rule for the men, another for the women. If you haven't noticed, the sexist attacks are reserved solely for Hillary Clinton and other female candidates as they are for every woman who has ever had the temerity to run for office. Secretary Clinton has been accused of screeching, yelling, and screaming when she speaks to rallies of her supporters. Reporter Bob Woodward accused her of "shouting." Really? When is the last time you heard anyone accuse a male candidate of "shouting" or "screeching?" The words conjure up banshees and witches and frightening female night creatures. Obviously, men are scared to death of powerful women.
Clinton has also been criticized for being "too serious." Joe Scarborough, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, suggested Clinton needs to "smile more." Can you imagine him suggesting that to a male candidate? And this is a campaign for the most important, powerful job in the country, not to mention the world. Our leaders need to be serious in a very serious world.
Clinton, like all other female candidates, is forced to navigate on uneven ground. She must be aggressive, yet soft; tough, yet nurturing. Ultimately, what this means is that, no matter the seriousness of her message, she must please. And all women candidates are judged on their looks. But not the men. They can look like day-old bread, mold on a mushroom, or Methuselah--it doesn't matter. But let a woman appear tired or even slightly rumpled and the word goes forth--NOT FEMININE!
Not only are female candidates considered fair game for attacks, the wives of the two leading GOP contenders are being used as battering rams in a contest between their husbands that appears to get nastier every day. Photos of Melina Trump posing nude were circulated to Utah voters shortly before the Utah GOP primary, with the caption, "Meet Melina Trump, your next First Lady, or you could vote for Ted Cruz." The photo campaign was paid for by a PAC that supports the Ted Cruz campaign. In response, Donald Trump threatened to "spill the beans" on Heidi Cruz, attached to a photo of Mrs. Cruz looking as if she were in a rage.
The trading of these accusations and photos have absolutely nothing to do with political expertise, or the ability to deal with the complex problems of a complex society in an even more unstable and complex world. But they do reveal that in a male-dominated political field, even wives who are not political figures themselves are objectified as either "sexy" or "bitchy," and the media eats it up and spews it out twenty-four hours a day. When Donald Trump stated on Fox News about his daughter, Ivanka," She does have a very nice figure...if (she) weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her," Trump was treated by the media as a slightly dirty, but very amusing, clever man. The fact that Ivanka Trump graduated cum laude with a degree in Business from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) was not worthy of mention.
Women like Hillary Clinton who refuse to "stay in their lanes" are penalized and often with demeaning, obscene and suggestive language. Early in the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump tweeted, "If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?" That this sort of blatant objectification is tolerated and even cheered by the public, says more about the uneven playing field and the misogynist mentality of the American public than it does about any single candidate.
Ultimately, as women, as feminists, we must give kudos to all women who have the courage to run for public office in a sexist world. They bear a burden no man experiences and few men understand.
Presidents Judith McCarrick and Lynn Wenzel

At our March meeting, in honor of Women's History Month, five of our members portrayed exceptionally accomplished women who were left out of history.

Left to Right: Susan Rogers, Emma Santa, Karin Kleinhans,
Lynn Wenzel, Judy McCarrick.

BPW-NC Executive Committee
Lynn Wenzel 477-0746
Judy McCarrick 478-0677
Vice President
Lorell Maldoon 477-8401
Maryann DellaMaggiora 906-4926

Committee Contacts
Emma Santa 913-0819
Patricia Wolfe 273-0605
Lindy Horwitz 477-1988
Elaine Sierra 274-0738
BPW Foundation Liaison
Angie Lux 272-2402

Lynn Wenzel 477-0746
Gail Parle 272-2141
Beth Volz
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