The Hon. Sara J. Smolenski will receive the 2014 Impact Award from Catholic Charities West Michigan on November 20!
The Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council invites women to celebrate Equality Day this year by telling their Title IX stories. On Tuesday, August 26, members of the GGRWHC will be on the terrace of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be asking women how Title IX changed their educational and/or career experience and benefited them. They will also be recording their answers for inclusion in the GGRWHC archives at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Equality Day commemorates the passage, on August 26, 1920, of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, granting women the right to vote on an equal basis with men.
This year the GGRWHC will focus on the 1972 federal legislation known as Title IX of the Educational Amendments and how Grand Rapids area women have benefited from it. The movement to end discrimination in education began when three women who had personally experienced discrimination came together to help create and defend the first legislation that would prohibit gender discrimination in education.
These women dreamed of being doctors, engineers, and tenured professors, but they were denied jobs and admittance to schools because of their gender. Title IX of the Educational Amendments states that "....no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
While "sports" is the area most often associated with Title IX, athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. The others include higher education, career education, education for pregnant/parenting students, employment, learning environment, math and science, sexual harassment, standardized testing, and technology.
All women are invited to join the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council on August 26, Equality Day, a day celebrating a milestone in the struggle for parity with men. Look for the GGRWHC banner on the terrace outside the Grand Rapids Art Museum, next to Rosa Parks Circle, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, please see their website at: http://www.ggrwhc.org
Congratulations to Susan Wilson Keener of Keener Law Offices, PLC! She is receipient of the 2014 WLAM Western Region Annual Award! This award will be presented at the Western Region's Annual Meeting and Reception which will take place on Monday, May 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids.
Learn more about Susan and her accomplishments at: http://www.keener-law.com/profile.html