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Annual Report 2012-2013

The Minnesota Women’s Consortium is excited to share our Annual Report for 2012-2013.  We hope you enjoy reading about our achievements from the last year. Thank you to our members, donors, volunteers, and partners who make our work possible. It’s an honor to work with all of you to advance equity and justice for all women. Click here to read the report!

Annual Meeting Recap

At the Annual Meeting held July 15, 2014, four individuals were elected as new board members: • Trisha Harms, AFSCME Council 5 • Babette Jamison, Women’s Advocates • Janelle Shoemake, Member-at-large • Mary Smith, Member-at-large Congratulations to the new Board Members and also to the following incumbents: • Sharon Bigot, American Association of University Women MN • Beth Gibson Lilja, Member-at-large • Suyapa Miranda, Women’s Environmental Institute In addition to…
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Trivia Perusal 2014: A Recap

Trivia Perusal 2014: A Recap

Last Thursday evening, 13 teams of brainy feminists gathered at Amsterdam Bar and Hall to compete for the winning title at our second annual Trivia Perusal event. Thanks to our participants, our volunteers, and our sponsors, the evening was a huge success! We met our fundraising goal and had a lot of fun doing it. Here’s the rundown: Our fabulous teams competed their way through three rounds of trivia questions…
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Yesterday was May Day!

Check out this article and photo that were posted on Feministing yesterday about the history of May Day: Executive Director Maya Dusenbery of Feministing writes: “On October 24 1975, Iceland’s women refused to do any work — outside or inside the home — taking “the day off” from paid labor, housework, and child care. An estimated 90 percent (what!!!) of Icelandic women participated and 25,000 — a tenth of the population — gathered at a rally in Reykjavik….
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What is the Real Pay Gap and Why Does It Matter?

There has been some variation in reports on income inequity. Most studies report that women earn 77% in comparison to a man’s earned dollar. However, in October 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that women earned 81 cents to the man’s dollar. They looked at weekly earnings to examine the wage gap and only used data from full-time workers, since women are twice as likely to work part…
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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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Gender Equity: How is the U.S. doing?

The United States is a free, democratic country that promotes equality and diversity. At least, that is often its reputation. While those qualities are the foundations of our country, the truth is that the U.S. isn’t actually doing so great in regard to gender equity in comparison with other nations. In fact, numerous reports give evidence of the Nordic countries being some of the best for gender equality for a…
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The Importance of Paid Sick Leave

Nearly all workers will, at some point in their career, need to take time off of work because of personal illness or to take care of family members.  It is a reality of life that we get sick.  Why is it, then, that only twelve percent of U.S. workers have paid sick leave through their employers, and less than 40 percent have employer paid family leave through an employer-provided short…
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Transnational Feminisms

Welcome to College Feminists Connect 2.0! Intern Chloe here, and I am in my final semester at St. Olaf College. I’ve been MIA for a while due to J-term, but I’m back in action and will be posting awesome blogs about transnational feminisms, since my Women’s and Gender Studies seminar is focused in that content, and of course, economic equity for women in the U.S., as that is the working…
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Girls and Civic Engagement

Girls Rock! the Capitol is an annual event that girls from all over Minnesota can partake in. For the day the participants came to the state capitol and engage in mock elections, mock committee hearings and workshops. They were all able to interact with legislators that chose to partake in the day. Seeing young girls engage as they did at Girls Rock! the Capitol was truly an inspiring experience. Girls want to learn,…
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