Our Slant                                    Forward Into The Light                                       February 2016

Women, Math and Fun (Really!) 
Presented by Mona Matthias
Wednesday, Feb. 17, Membership Dinner Meeting & Program
Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley 
Social/Networking 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6 p.m. $21 per person  
Get ready to think differently about math when you leave tonight's program. Our speaker , BPW-NC member Mona Matthias, says this:

"At a BPW
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meeting last year, many of the women groaned when I made the comment that I have fun with math. It's an attitude that unfortunately gets passed on to others, and becomes almost fashionable in a way. However, it's also an attitude that children hear and adopt. Through activities, I will attempt to get our members to re-frame their message so that it encourages, rather than discourages mathematics, especially for women.

Tabletop activities may include number and algebraic magic, where I'll show how algebra can begin at the kindergarten level. This will transition into geometry with some toothpick puzzles. We will make our own set of tangrams and then do some area work with them. I will show 2D and 3D origami models that show patterns and beauty in math, and demonstrate the importance of mathematics in various jobs. At the end, I will ask everyone to share how they might re-frame their reaction to math."
Although her degrees are in English and psychology, Mona Matthias began her career by teaching grades 1-8 for 34 years, retiring in 2003. In 1986, Mona became a fellow of the Northern California Math Project at UC Davis, where she focused on reaching women and minorities in math using a more right-brained methodology. From 1986 to 2003, she gave workshops for teachers in California, Russia, British Columbia, and Washington D.C. During that time, she worked for three summers as a math consultant in a Native American math/science program. For two years, Mona was co-coordinator of the UC Davis Math Project, in charge of setting up math workshops for 14 counties in California. She is also one of the published writers for an algebra text book for the College Preparatory Mathematics series.

This all adds up to a very interesting evening to which you should give your undivided attention, and take away some new ideas. Multiply the fun by inviting your friends! Be there or be squared! ;-0

We'll see you on the 17th. Newcomers to BPW-NC and guests are always welc ome. 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, Feb. 14
Also on the February program will be the awarding of three scholarships and one "Encouragement Stipend" to four very worthy recipients. These women will read their essays and explain a little about where they are in school and what their goals are. Receiving the awards will be Tamara Fadel, Iveth Adriana Ortiz, Hannah Schuler and Heather Slattery. We hope you will come to the meeting and join everyone is giving these women our support and encouragement! Don't miss it!
And finally, don't miss our special Black History Month (February)
History Moment
table activity and prizes!
March Meeting Notice: Member Vote to Change By-Laws
At our March meeting, members will vote to change BPW-NC corporate by-laws, and our Standing Rules, to reflect a change in board officer positions. The BPW-NC Board recommends combining the offices of President-Elect and Vice President into one position entitled Vice-President, then modifying the description of the Vice President position. Members will receive a description of the changes to be voted on at least 15 days prior to the March meeting, as required by our By-Laws.
Message from Co-Presidents
Lynn Wenzel and Judy McCarrick

Women Show Up!

On Tuesday, January 26, after the massive snowstorm that hit the east coast was over, guess who showed up to work on Capitol Hill. Not the men. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska noted that "as we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female.

Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are female...perhaps it speaks to the hardiness of women [who] get out, slog through the mess that is out there."
Indeed. Slogging is a truly underrated skill.  It requires intent, patience and fortitude, something men aspire to but women own. Studies have shown that the more female members boards have, the more efficient they are and the more revenues increase. Considering the disappointing lack of achievement in Congress and the constant bickering, blaming and name-calling indulged in by male Senators, it seems past time that women make up at least 50 percent of that body (currently 19 percent). Perhaps something might get done. Perhaps women could lead the way toward affiliative goal-setting. More slogging needed!

Susan J. Herman said: "I define leadership as having three parts; first is seeing what needs to be done to make things better or seeing a problem that needs fixing; second is having the vision, the skill and the wherewithal to change the system; and third is the most important task of mobilizing the energy of others to organize and act in ways to achieve that vision." More slogging needed!

Women behave themselves, and leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes. Gail Sheehy said, "The secret of a leader lies in the tests he [sic] has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests." It seems clear that a "habit of action" was sorely missing on Tuesday and is truly missing in the day to day running of the country. Many men seem to like the big actions of, say, bombing, killing, bullying. Golda Meir said, "a leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader."

Women generally adopt the habit of pausing to think about ramifications as they move steadily toward a goal. If this is slogging, so be it. One thing we know -- if we elect more women to this country's leadership, they will show up! That's more than you can say for the men.
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