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National Association of Women Lawyers Conference in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Women’s Consortium is pleased to be a partnering organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Minneapolis Conference on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members.  To register, please go to WWW.nawl.org/2018MinneapolisConference and use the code MNCMWC2018 to get the discount. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated…
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March is Women’s History Month

Rosalie Erin Wahl died in 2013 at age 88.  When Rosalie was 3, she and her younger brother went to live with their grandparents in Birch Creek, Kansas following the death of her mother.  Her brother and her grandfather were killed by a train 1932.  Rosalie and her grandmother lived alone in Birch Creek until she attended high school in Caney, Kansas.  Her Grandma Effie and her Aunt Sara, a…
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March is Women’s History Month

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) is one of the women named in our Seneca Falls Society categories. She was born into slavery in Mississippi during the Civil War.  While supporting younger siblings, she studied at Rust College which was established for ex-slaves.  Ida began teaching in Memphis and at the same time writing in local news outlets for blacks.  She took the pen name, Iola, to avoid retaliation but because of…
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March is Women’s History Month

Lest we forget -- the following is excerpted from a Minnesota Women's Consortium Capitol Bulletin in 1998: Sometimes, it's easy to forget that women have faced significant discrimination in their own lifetime.  Were you aware that.... Federal employees could be hired and promoted with restrictions on gender? (1962) There was no federal legislation requiring equal pay for equal work ? (1963) There were restrictions on the military rank women could…
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Inspiring Mind Series Event May 10 at 7:00 PM

Serial (podcast) Co-Creators Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder may just be the modern Woodward and Bernstein.  Instead of taking down a presidency, their investigations range from a high school murder trial to the war in Afghanistan.  And rather than working in paper and ink, they've got a podcast.  Launched in 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in iTunes history.  The first season of the podcast…
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Can you name the 1st woman who ran for U.S. Senate in MN?

Can you name the 1st woman who ran for U.S. Senate in MN?
The year was 1984 and it was Joan Growe.  Although she did not prevail, her love for serving the people of Minnesota continued in her role as Secretary of State.  Joan was Secretary of State from 1975 to 1999 and was in the Minnesota House of Representatives previously.  Her passion for same-day voter registration (which became law and Minnesota was the first state in the nation to pass this) was…
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Lest we forget…March is Women’s History Month…

Lest we forget…March is Women’s History Month…
and there are women who still walk among us that have brought major changes for women and children in Minnesota.  Linda Berglin, former Senator from Minneapolis, was elected in 1972 and resigned from the Senate effective August 15, 2011.  Her legislative life centered on bills that improved the health and welfare of Minnesota citizens young and old.  She championed women's issues, worked for the benefit of minorities, and bettered the…
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Want to know about Blogging for Business

and you are close to Hancock, New Hampshire, then this is the place to begin.  2-Part Blogging for Business Workshop starts April 16 and features personalized hands-on instruction at the Hancock Town Library.  The second part will be June 4.  Participants will learn how to • get started using a blog to promote their business, nonprofit, hobby or craft • choose a platform (the software) • keep a blog updated…
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Dateline Saint Paul

According to a Saint Paul Pioneer Press story regarding the City's new budget, Mayor Chris Coleman said Saint Paul is the first city in the state to offer city employees PAID parental leave benefits beyond what is required under the federal Family & Medical Leave Act.  Beginning Jan. 1, new mothers would be eligible for four weeks of paid leave, in addition to two weeks for the other parent.  San…
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigerian Feminist and Author

On March 10th, Nigerian author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke at Gustavus Adolphus College. Every other year, they invite a Women's and Gender Studies speaker to campus, and due to her advocacy and her great TedTalk about why we should all be feminists, Ms. Adichie was the obvious choice. Many community members of her hometown of Lagos do not agree with or understand her feminist practices, and Chimamanda acknowledges…
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