The Northern NJ council partnered with the all virtual “National” council and celebrated Women’s History Month in a lunchtime Zoom get-together on March 30, 2022.
Council Chair Erica Sherman lead the group through the evolution of the primarily European event, International Women’s Day, to President Carter’s proclamation of Women’s History month in 1980, to Congress passing public law 100-9 in 1987, designating March as Women’s History Month.
Erica also highlighted 3 core women’s issues, choosing a single women’s story to represent a major milestone in women’s history.
Mary Eliza Church Terrell, born of enslaved parents, Mary became known for her activism for women’s suffrage and civil rights. She championed black women’s suffrage in recognition of the combined impact of gender and racial prejudice.
Billie Jean King literally changed the game for women’s sports. Ms. King worked tirelessly for the passage of Title IX, which made sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funds illegal. Passage furthered accessibility to girls’ team sport participation at the high school and college level.
The Flow Initiative Foundation is working to increase the availability of period products to girls in high school helping to address the lack of confidence impacting girls without access to these daily necessities.
The meeting concluded with 20-minute mentoring circles covering a wide range of topics including; developing a network of allies and mentors, career progression, and networking.
April’s meeting celebrates Earth Day with lessons on Garden Roofing and a DIY terrarium build. Save the date, April 20, 2022, for an in-person event hosted at PB Roofing in Elmwood Park, NJ.