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2019 Voices of Florida Women Online Survey

Please be a part of Voices of Florida Women!
Wanting to be responsive to the specific concerns and needs of women in Florida, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women asks women to share about the challenges they encounter in their everyday lives through the 2019 Voices of Florida Women Online Survey. Available through November 30, 2019, the survey coincides with the 2019 Voices of Florida Women Statewide Listening Tour. The survey asks Florida women to select from a list of predefined issues that they believe affect women in their community as well as issues that affect them personally.
The data collected in both the community conversations and the survey, will be compiled into a report that will describe what is learned about the needs of women and girls – from the Western Panhandle to Key West. The Commission will share the collective data with local, state, and national leaders, and focus our future educational and collaborative efforts on the issues that matter most to women in Florida.
Other Women’s Commissions from across the country are hosting similar initiatives this year and will share the results with the National Association of Women’s Commissions to create a broader report – Voices of American Women, to be published in 2020.
The questionnaire is brief – it takes just a few minutes to complete – and it will give us important feedback to share with local, state and national leaders, and help us focus our future educational and collaborative efforts on the issues that matter most to women in Florida.
Please click on the link below and take the survey, then share it with your friends, colleagues, associates, networks. The survey will close on November 30, so don’t miss this important opportunity to be heard.
Please contact Kelly Sciba at for more information regarding Voices of Florida Women.Take the Survey
Thank you for your valuable time.
Commissioner Jenna Persons
Chair, 2019 Voices of Florida Women
Florida Commission on the Status of Women

Women’s History Month Reception at UF

Since March of 1981, Americans everywhere have helped pay tribute to women whose commitment to humanity and to our planet have proved to be invaluable for society.

We are honored and privileged to celebrate these women with our community. On March 14, 2018 the University of Florida hosted the Annual Women’s History Month Reception, which included two awards by the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women. The awards are the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ida B. Wells Awards.  Below are photos of various members of our Board and the award winners at the Reception.

The awards are designed to recognize women’s contribution for women’s and/or civil rights which best exemplify the values and accomplishments of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ida B. Wells.

Our winners this year were Ileana McCray and Donna Weller.

Pictured above is the GCOSW Education Committee and award winner Ileana McCray with UF President Ken Fuchs. 

Pictured above is award winner Donna Waller with UF President Ken Fuchs. 

Here are (from right) Board  President Molly McGowan, Board member JoAnn Wilkes, Jill Keezer and Board member Taraneh Darabi

Facing the camera is Education Committee Chair Victoria Condor-Williams and award winner Ileana McCray


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Gender pay gap- Article from USA Today

Pay gap: 48% of women say they have to work twice as hard as men to take home half the pay


When it comes to equal pay for equal work, a majority of women believe that in the age of #metoo, an appropriate Twitter handle might be #notyet.

A new survey by Ellevest, a financial firm focused on women investors, found 83% of women believe that men are often paid more than their female colleagues for the same work — and 61% of men agree.

Survey: money is power

Meanwhile, 48% of women think they have to work twice as hard as a man to take home half the pay, and just 42% believe their opportunities on the job are the same as their male colleagues. That’s compared to 58% of men who believe that the playing field is fair.

Still, at a time when a national conversation is taking place about sexual harassment, Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest’s CEO, believes society may finally be poised to focus on another disparity fracturing the workplace — unequal pay.

“The gender pay gap is alive and well,’’  says Krawcheck, who co-founded Ellevest in Nov. 2014. But “I hope this is the beginning of a first step for companies to really open their eyes, women to work together and for us to work to close it.’’

In 2015, women were on average paid 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to the non-profit Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The numbers were even worse for women of color, with black women earning 68% of what was paid to white men and Hispanic women’s pay amounting to just  62% of their white male peers, according to the IWPR.

But just as dozens of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein triggered an examination of such behavior and led to the downfall of numerous prominent media figures, including former Today anchor Matt Lauer and actor Kevin Spacey, high-profile cases are now turning a spotlight on the gender wage gap.

More: Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5M to #TimesUp

Mark Wahlberg says he is donating $1.5 million dollars to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name. Buzz60

Last month, former E! News host Catt Sadler accused the network of paying her roughly half the salary earned by her male-co-host Jason Kennedy, a disparity E! Chief Frances Berwick has since said was due to their different roles.

Then, this month, USA TODAY reported that actress Michelle Williams was paid less than $1,000 — or less than one-tenth of 1% — of the $1.5 million paid to her co-star Mark Wahlberg for reshoots of the film All the Money in the World.   Following a fierce backlash, Wahlberg said on Saturday that he would be donating his fee, in Williams’ name, to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that has been established to assist those who are subjected to sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace.

Ann Curry appeared on ‘CBS This Morning’ to talk about her new PBS series and for the first time, she shared her thoughts on the sexual misconduct allegations against her former ‘Today’ co-anchor Matt Lauer. USA TODAY

While the country fitfully moves toward paying women on par with their male peers, Krawcheck says that in the meantime, women need to be investing what they can. Currently, they are leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table because they are not investing at the same rate as their male counterparts.

“I say to them, look if you had a hole in your pocketbook … and a hundred bucks fell out, how many days would it take you to fix your pocketbook?’’ Krawcheck says.  “You shouldn’t wait. Just because you have a gender pay gap doesn’t mean ‘Oh gosh. Never mind.’ That’s like saying ‘I broke my arm and I broke my leg. Doctor, you may not fix my arm until my leg is fixed.’ We all need to do what we can do to get ourselves financially stable.’’

More: BBC’s China editor resigns over gender pay gap dispute

More: Michelle Williams responds to Wahlberg, agency donating $2M to Time’s Up

More: Three major arguments happening around the Hollywood pay gap, explained

Helping women gain their financial footing was the key motivation for Krawcheck to start her own firm after a career that included stints heading Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Smith Barney. But she says that she was initially reluctant.

When others encouraged her to launch a women-focused investment firm, “I really thought it was a sexist pandering idea, that women didn’t need anything any different,’’ she says. But “as I took a step back I realized how much not investing was costing women … I finally said I don’t care if I, on first blush, thought it was a bad idea. Women are not being well-served by the investing industry. We have to build something from the ground up.’’

And being in command of their money significantly lifts women’s self esteem, with 63% saying in the Ellevest survey that building savings and investments that can fund their goals means more to them than their education or even the support of their family.

As for the wage gap, “I am actually more hopeful than I have been in a long time about us closing it,” Krawcheck says.

“Money may not buy happiness, but money is power,’’ she added. “It is key to peace of mind. It is key to levels of comfort, and …  in this day and age, it’s key to saying ‘quit chasing me around the desk. Take this job and shove it.’ ”

GCOSW Board of Directors Meeting Notes

January 24, 2017 at 5:30p.m.
2100 NW 53rd Ave. Suite A (Peaceful Paths).
Present were Taraneh Darabi, Victoria Condor-Williams, Kristy Sasser, Molly McGowan and Chuck Dale

5:30 P.M. Introductions/Sign-In
5:35 P.M. Calendar for year (attached)

Updates on:
1. Treasurer’s Report –
a. Current Balance – $7683.34

2. Reports:
a. Education Committee- Victoria Condor-Williams
i. Women’s History Month Awards Reception- just received the date confirmation for Women’s History Month Awards Reception, it will held at University House on Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 – 7:00pm
ii. Nomination Form – Deadline for nomination for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton/Ida B. Wells awards is January 30th, 2017. Nomination form attached. Please feel free to contact Victoria at 352-378-9787 if you have any questions.
iii. Motion to pay for award plaques, motion to approve by Victoria, unanimous in favor (Taraneh, Molly, Kristy and Victoria), cost to be billed through Trophy Shop for approximately $70.00
iv. Next Meeting: Thursday, February 2 @ 5:30pm @ 4510 NW 14th Place (Suburban Heights Subdivision)
b. Social Action/Media Committee-
i. Conference Committee- OVC TTAC is helping with the keynote and a workshop (including travel) at no charge. This is a huge help to the budget. Thank you members of the committee!
ii. Survivor’s Art Exhibit Committee- Meeting regularly and have space planned.

3. Project Ideas for year-
a. 2017 Women’s Day at the Capitol: March 29th &30th – Bella is going information is available at
b. GED Tutoring- Peaceful Paths is looking to start more client education and social activities, one of which is GED tutoring, maybe we could help? Just an idea, we can discuss at the next meeting.

4. New Business-
a. Passing of Polly Doughty on 1/18/2017 who was a long-term community member who supported many causes along with her husband Paul. No arrangements have been announced yet. It was asked that we put an acknowledgement of her service on the website and make a dedication at the Women’s History Awards ceremony.
b. Latina Women’s League- Bronze Sponsorship ($300.00 same as last year) for film festival. Motion to approve by Victoria, unanimous in favor (Taraneh, Molly, Kristy and Victoria)

5. Items of interest attached:
a. Florida Commission 2016 Report
b. Cardiovascular Technology flier for free testing

6. Next Meeting- February 20th, 2017
Adjourned 6:25PM

FCOSW 2016
2017GCOSW_Nomination for Elizabeth Cady Stanton_Ida B. Wells Awards (2)

How Suffragists Used Cookbooks As A Recipe For Subversion



In the Meryl Streep period movie Suffragette, Englishwomen march on the streets, smash shop windows and stage sit-ins to demand the vote. Less well-known is that across the pond, a less cinematic resistance was being staged via that most humble vehicle: the cookbook.

Between 1886, when the first American suffragist cookbook was published, and 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote, there were at least a half-dozen cookbooks published by suffragette associations in the country.

These books were the descendants of the post-Civil War charity cookbooks, published to raise funds for war victims and church-related issues.

Read more  here at NPR