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1 Legacy and Future Leadership: BPW and Women Veterans

2 Women make history Well-behaved women never make history. BPW makes history happen and has been since 1919. Tennessee, your state, was the Perfect 36!

3 The world paid attention Because we didnt stay home.

4 Someone has to ask questions Will Al Gore run for president? Yes, he did. Did the tornado sirens work in Jackson in 1999? No, some didnt. Why not?

5 Equal Pay Day: Women want it What do women want? Not better pantyhose and lipstick! What do women REALLY want? Better jobs, higher salaries, great day care, more education, affordable healthcare and jobs, jobs, jobs! BPW/TN works for women everywhere.

6 Kim McMillan asked questions When she was in the state legislature, she pointed out to the governor that it was a shame they had a House committee on daycare legislation without a single woman – or mother -- serving on it. The governor appointed Kim McMillan who served admirably. Would she have had that opportunity to work for women and their children if she had not spoken up? Probably not. Leadership means speaking up. If you dont, who will?

7 The President asked for womens help: He received it In April 1920 25 women organized the Jackson Business and Professional Women, meeting in the Carnegie Library. Miss Alice Drake called the meeting and was elected president. From July 14-17, 1919 in St. Louis, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women was founded in St. Louis. On July 3, 1920, the Tennessee Federation was organized in Chattanooga, with seven local organizations represented.

8 Then in 1949… The Elks were getting ready for their state convention. But so were the members of the Tennessee Federation of Business Women. After the war, the men came home, and the women were expected to give up their jobs.

9 In 1963, progress! The establishment of "Status of Women" commissions in the U.S. in 1963 was due largely to BPW efforts. President John F. Kennedy recognized BPW's leading role in securing passage of the Equal Pay Act by giving BPW's National President the first pen he used when signing the Act into law.John F. Kennedy He signed this act on June 10, 1963 in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, D.C. But we are still waiting.

10 We still keep misbehaving!

11 Meet Cmdr. Cathy Lovelace at BPW/TN state convention June 13 Meet Navy Reserve Cmdr. Cathy Lovelace, who has served in Afghanistan and Germany, a decorated combat nurse, who will be speaking at our BPW/TN state convention June 13 in Jackson. Cathy recovered from a broken jaw after an attack by a Taliban fighter. We will offer: Education tracks Business training sessions Mentoring

12 Scholarships for women Kellum Everett, a Deans List Scholar at Middle Tennessee State University and president of Women in Science and Engineering. Keesha Klinck won a scholarship as well as a Jackson State Community College student; she is now attending University of Memphis.

13 BPWs Legislative Platform PREAMBLE The Equal Rights Amendment, as authored by Alice Paul, shall stand first, foremost, and above all other items which may appear on the platform of this Federation until equal, legal rights for women and men become guaranteed in the United States Constitution, because all statutory law derives there from. THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Alice Stokes Paul was an American suffragist and activist. Along with Lucy Burns and others, she led a successful campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. PLATFORM Economic Equity Health Civil Rights Dependent Care Victim Rights Policy Items The organization supports issues of importance, which promote the goals, objectives, and mission statement of the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee, Inc. (BPW/TN). The placement of the Platform items in no way indicates importance or priority of one item above another.

14 We share our knowledge Speaking at the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. Sharing knowledge in career fields at University of Memphis- Lambuth.

15 How you can become a leader Business training Lead your communitys economic growth with entrepreneurship Government contracts Board service Government service/politics Ret. Navy Cmdr. Debbie OBryant serves as our BPW/TN state veterans mentor chair

16 Career Plus Training 1.Interviewing 2.Salary negotiation 3.Networking 4.Dressing for Success 5.Social Media 6.Mentorship 7.Marketing Yourself 8.Resume Writing 9.Multigenerational management 10.Fundraising

17 Lead with entrepreneurship Is it true? Can you become a multimillion dollar business owner at home? Yes, you can. It takes knowledge, skill, talent and belief in yourself. If you are determined and smart about the way you do business, you can do this. HOUSTON–U.S. Army veteran Nicole Baldwin, 28, was 4 years old when she was severely burned. Her nurse grandmother used home remedies to help Baldwins scars to heal. In 2010, Baldwin launched BIOA Beauty Skincare – Beauty Inside and Out, using her grandmothers formulas. BIAO Beauty Skincare line now has three products including, a rejuvenating cleanser, a moisturizer and a facial mask which she sells online at

18 More entrepreneurs Pin-Ups for Vets: Women veterans as pin-up models having fashion shows for veterans, bake sales, whatever is needed to help a veteran. A nonprofit venture. Kristine Guerrera creates power bars for dogs who like to hike with their families.

19 Women in Congress Currently two female veterans, Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D- Ill.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D- Hawaii), are members of the House.Tammy DuckworthTulsi Gabbard Gabbard served as a company commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard with whom she deployed in 2004 as a medical operations specialist for a year-long combat tour near Baghdad. Duckworth lost both her legs in 2004 after being hit by a grenade while co-piloting a Black Hawk helicopter in Iraq. She lobbied for better care of veterans as an assistant secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

20 Convention trip Fun trip on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Discovery Park of America, Union City. Check our website at for details on all the fun!

21 We Can Do It! BPW/TN Officers, 2013-2014. Come join us!

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