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Have You Heard the Women's Voices?

Newsletter No. 22 August 2020

COVID-19 Is Still Here
We Control Our Destiny
The Power of You
COVID-19 is still here. Make no mistake by slacking off washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and social distancing. Listen to credible experts. Make your decisions based on facts and not what you read on social media! Each of us has a responsibility to do our part to be safe and reduce the spread of the virus. If we were to ask, by the show of hands, do you know anyone who died from this virus, it is likely the majority or all of us will raise our hands.

This invisible virus could attack anyone, closest family members, friends or even you. Please cooperate, and follow guidance based on facts provided by science. The life you save may be your own. How much does it cost to save a live? "The power is within you to do the right thing. Everyone believes they are intelligent. We should demonstrate it.
Nominees Accepted Nominations
Historic Moments
On Thursday, August 20, 2020 former Vice-President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, accepted the democratic nomination. He will be a president for the people. He said:While I'll be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I'll work hard for those who didn't support me, as hard for them as I did for those who did vote for me.” He continued by stating, "I will draw on the best of us, not the worst of us. I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness."
The nominees, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, joined hands as a sign of commitment to "Build Back Better" on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Their speeches echoed the voice of unity. Also, Kamala said,“Every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect.”
After nominee. Biden accepted the Democratic Party nomination for president during the last day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Wilmington, Delaware, he, and his wife Dr. Jill Biden waved to supporters watching remotely.

Due the COVID-19, the DNC was held mostly via technology.
On Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Kamala Harris, 55-year-old U.S. senator from California, accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice President (VP). In this historic movement, she is established as the first Black woman and first woman of Asian descent to be a VP on a major party ticket.
Have You Heard the Women's Voices?
Joe Biden Chooses Kamala Harris
Vice President Running Mate
On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, Kamala Harris (Senator and 2020 presidential candidate from California (2017–present) named by Joe Biden as his VP pick, choosing his former Democratic primary opponent. There are many barrier-breaking moments if elected, including she will be the nation’s first female, first student from Howard University, an Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), first Black and first Asian American Vice President. Also, Joe Biden, 77 will be the oldest President to be elected.
Harris said: I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief."

Harris brings energy and charisma to Biden's campaign along with her qualifications and expertise.

Biden said: "I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person," he wrote. "I need someone who understands the pain that so many people in our nation are suffering. Whether they’ve lost their job, their business, a loved one to this virus."
2020 Democratic Party Vice Presidential Candidates
Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris from California (2017–present) were among the vetting finalists.
Former National Security Advisor
Susan Rice 
from Washington, D.C.
Senator and 2020 presidential candidate
Elizabeth Warren
from Massachusetts
Gretchen Whitmer
from Michigan
The list below is the short-list. There were others who were considered for the Vice President position. Search the internet for additional information including Wikipedia source here.
Senator Tammy Baldwin, from Wisconsin

Representative Karen Bass from California (2011–present)

Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms
from Georgia (2018–present)

Representative Val Demings from Florida (2017–present)
Senator Tammy Duckworth from
Illinois (2017-present)

Senator Maggie Hassan from
New Hampshire (2017–present)

Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
from New Mexico (2019–present)

Governor Gina Raimondo
from Rhode Island (2015–present)

Congratulations to
GWWN, Director of Membership and Secretary Cheryl Blount
Ms. Blount was awarded Toastmaster, Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) June 2020. The ACB award requires the completion of two advanced manuals, and the Competent Communicator manual. Ms. Blount also possesses the “Competent Communicator” and “Competent Leader” awards.”

Her journey in Toastmasters International began in November 2012. She became a member of Wheaton Community Toastmasters Club (Silver Spring, MD), and has held several officer positions – President, Vice President of Education, Vice President of Membership, Secretary, and Sargent-At-Arms.

Ms. Blount is currently Vice President of Education at Wheaton Community Toastmasters Club. She is continuing her journey in the Toastmasters Pathways Leadership Development program. Pathways will help you practice and improve your speaking, communication, and leadership skills.

She credits her volunteer experience with GWWN as the springboard to her development and growth of leadership skills. She became a dedicated GWWN volunteer in 2001, and was involved in event planning, and strategic planning when she was asked to be a member of GWWN Board of Directors. As a result, Ms. Blount's leadership skills were instrumental in her receiving several job promotions in her career.

For more information visit Toastmasters International website.
I Will Be There
 Have you ever heard someone say: “I will be there,” “I will do it,” or “You can count on me! " Erica Wicks Brown, GWWN’s volunteer photographer is a person we can count on to show up.

Ms. Brown is a woman who honors her word. She is dependable, and enjoys expressing her expertise capturing photographic settings, and remarkable moments that will last a lifetime.

She arrives early before events to take pre-events shots. She stays until the end ensuring post-event pictures are snapped. Ms.Brown respects camera-shy people. She warms their photo shoots to make them feel comfortable. For those who refuse photography, she gracefully honors their request.

Her work speaks for itself and is detailed. Even a close-up object flairs elegance. In a flash she seizes the moment to snatch an expression that others might miss. All decorations, ambiance, and food play an intriguing role, along with people creating blissful moments of historic beauty, charm, and unforgettable memories.

GWWN is proud of Ms. Brown’s achievements and delighted she chose to volunteer for GWWN. This has provided her the opportunity to showcase her amazing talents and wonderful personality through photography. Ms. Brown is a cornerstone in building GWWN’s history through photos.

Now come with us on a tour to see some of Ms. Brown’s magnificent masterpieces. Each photo tells its own story. Her photo Gallery begins with the decorative game table and the cake.
Welcome to Erica Wicks Brown's Photo Gallery
St. Patrick's Day Women's Event
Women's Shelter
The Community for Non-Violence
Washington, DC
Worker Bees Volunteers
No Photos of Residence Volunteers

GWWN Leadership Award Program
The historic Charles Sumner School Museum
Washington, DC
Indra Brooks
GWWN's 15 Years' Anniversary Celebration
U.S. Navy Memorial
Washington, DC
Guest Networking
GWWN cherishes your feedback to Ms. Brown. Please send an email to
Subject Line: Erica Wicks Brown Photo Gallery.

The 2020 Census Count
It is not too late to respond. Your response matters. It is more than a notion. It supports our hospitals, communities and more. Also, the website is an excellent educational resource tool. Read More

National Women's Suffrage Month
August 2020
This year 2020 is the 100th anniversary milestone of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote.

The Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) and the U.S. Senate have designated August 2020 as National Women's Suffrage Month, a month-long celebration honoring the history of women's fight for the vote. This release was cited by Cision PR Newswire from WSCC on July 23,2020, For additional information visit WSCC, and the History (Women History-Fight for Women's Suffrage) websites.

Why Women’s Suffrage Movement Matters for Black People? Ms. Sarah Pruitt cities some reasons in an article featured on the Undefeated website regarding Black women. Also in another article on the History website, her research features the 19th Amendment: A Timeline of the Fight for All Women's Right to Vote. Read the article and continue searching for additional information.

The History website cited The 15th Amendment granted Black men the right to vote under the law. but exercising that right became another challenge. African American voting struggles were longer, which took many years and the right to vote today is still being challenged.
Vote: Don't Lose Your Seat
Have you even attended an event, been at home or a place, you moved, and when you returned someone had your seat? This example is easily related to the urgency to vote. In America we have freedom, rights, and opportunities that others have fought and died for on our behalf. These privileges can be taken away from us by one vote or action. In an opposite situation, that one vote can change policies to benefit us.

Your vote is your voice! Each vote is sacred and powerful. With all the uproar on how to vote, don't miss a voting step, be informed. Start with the official website of the US Government that answers many questions on "How Do I..." Read the information on your state's official voting procedures on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (USEAC) and the NBC News (Plan Your Voice) websites. Remember, who you vote for is just as important as how to vote. Pass this information forward to family and friends. Voting is your dynamic weapon and demonstrates an excellent example of "The Women's Voices".
National Women's Museum
The Power to Defend
On February 10, 2020, The House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1980, a bill that would establish a National Women's Museum with the Smithsonian. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), answered the question "Why" for the museum. Watch the YouTube video.

She introduced H.R. 1980 on March 28, 2019 with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). Due to the current pandemic and economic crisis, along with other essential American issues, let's keep the museum's vision alive.
Health and Wellness
Women's perspective: COVID-19, Health, Wellness, Real Stores

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Empowering Women to Make Informed Health Care Decisions
Live one-hour Zoom conversations with Johns Hopkins on the second Tuesday of each month. Complimentary. Registration required.

Centers for Disease Control

Youth Development

Town Hall: JumpStart Your Creativity!
September 10, 2020
4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern

Calling all girls! Time to JumpStart Your Creativity! Career Girls and the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) are pleased to invite you to an interactive discussion

Space is limited; however, this event will also be streamed on the NGCP YouTube channel. Connection information will be distributed a few days prior to the event.

Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, & Science (IWITTS)

Designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers

Wonderopolis a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.
Upcoming Virtual Events
EmERGe Leadership Summit

EmERGe Leadership Summit Date: September 10-11, 2020
Time: 9AM - 2PM PDT / 11AM - 4PM CDT / 12PM - 5PM EDT

Working Mother Media
Johns Hopkins Medicine
A Women's Journey
September 16, 2020 Virtual Event

Learn about the startling rise of lung cancer among women who have never smoked (and the use of immunotherapy to treat this prevalent cancer), mental illness and a promising new medication to treat depression, and the surprising connection between urinary tract infections and the likelihood of having a stroke.

Innovation, Evolution and Revelations: The Year of Healthcare Change

Innovation, Evolution and Revelations: The Year of Healthcare Change
Time: 1 pm EST/10 am PST
This is a one-hour virtual event and tickets are limited.


WorkBeyond Summit

Date: October 13-14, 2020
Time: 12pm - 5pm EST / 9am - 3pm PST/11am - 4pm CST
Working Mother Media
WorkBeyond Summit
We Encourage
Frontline and Essential Workers

Because You Care

You took the pain away
You made the sunlight stay
We have a peace of mind
You are so kind
You are our strength
We did not sink
Now the story can be told
You reached your goal.

Thank You

Mary Greene, GWWN, Executive Director said, " I wrote this poem on behalf of your love and commitment to everyone. You are amazing!"
Condolences to all of You
In times like these, may you find comfort in knowing
our heartfelt thoughts and sympathy are with you.
Pearl of Wisdom
During our hardships and challenges:

"Hang on to your dream! It's not just what you want, it's who you are."
~ Wendy Rue (Founder and Executive Director of the National Association for Female Executives, NAFE)
Call- to- Action
This newsletter title Have You Heard the Women's Voices? covers an array of women's achievements. Although their names are not mentioned, their contributions speak volumes. Behind every phenomenal voice is action. Women also succeed because men are our allies.

GWWN's goal is not only to educate and inspire but to motivate for actions. Can we arouse your interest to take these actions?
  • Voting is a civil responsibility. Vote early and volunteer if you can.
  • Learn more about the nominees for president and vice president platform, policies, plans, and solutions.
  • Educate yourself about the congressional candidates in your district. Start with the link in this newsletter.
  • Follow and learn from any links.
  • Read the entire newsletter (schedule time).
  • Do not rely on social media (Twitter and Facebook) for trusted facts.

You are busy now right? Nevertheless, a challenge is to explore and discover your hidden treasures. We are confident you will do it!

Have fun and share.
Let the women's voices continue to be heard and VOTE!
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