Three members of the Cherokee Local BPW organization attended the 88th Annual Meeting of Business and Professional Women of Iowa April 25-27, 2008. In attendance were Pam Pierce, Rashel Nixon, and Diane Anderson.
At the meeting the Organization adopted their 2008-09 Legislative Platform which includes The Equal Right Amendment being the foremost issue until equal, legal rights for all women and men become guaranteed in the United States Constitution. Included in this are Civil Rights, Economic Equity, and Health issues. This platform was derived the BPW/USA platform that addresses the following:
|*||Workplace Equity: pay equity, Violence against Women, minimum Wage, Affirmative Action, Contraceptive Equity, & Social Security.|
|*||Work Life Effectiveness: Family & Medical Leave, Healthy Families Act & Child Care|
|*||Civil Rights: Equal Rights Amendment, Title IX & the International Women's Rights Treaty|
|*||Health: HEART for Women Act, Reproductive rights|
On Saturday night the Organization installed State Officers for 2008-09 as well as State Committee Chairs. Rashel Nixon was appointed Young Careerist State Committee Chair. She is responsible for communicating with all Regions and locals of BPW/IA to recruit and educate members on the Young Careerist Program. This program is designed for young women 21-35 to develop their professional and public speaking skills through speech development and a competition. Ms. Nixon was a Young Careerist Representative herself representing Iowa in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in 2004.
On Sunday Senator Tom Harkin attended and presented information on legislation including the Fair Pay Act which he has sponsored and introduced every year since 1996. He addressed the wage gap between men and women. He reported that women earn an average of 77 cents to every dollar a man earns on a national average. In Iowa women earn 62 cents for every dollar and Iowa has the highest percentage of women working in the United