United, we can and will transform our vision of 50/50 gender representation from aspiration to actuality.

PBWC provides skill development, networking opportunities and inspiration to women at all levels to achieve their own ambitions and collectively advance equality in professional settings.

United, we can and will transform our vision of 50/50 gender representation from aspiration to actuality.

PBWC provides skill development, networking opportunities and inspiration to women at all levels to achieve their own ambitions and collectively advance equality in professional settings.

#IgniteChange in the New Year

New Year’s Greetings to the PBWC Community,

 

2020 challenged each of us in ways that were shared and unique, large and small, unexpected yet sometimes predictable. For those of you who contracted the virus, lost employment, income or a loved one—we offer our sympathy and support.

 

You have likely heard the news by now: in aggregate, COVID-19 impacted professional women disproportionately, with working women losing precious ground in 2020.

 

Despite last year’s unprecedented challenges, as we turn the calendar page, I am choosing to embrace optimism and step into a fresh moment of abundant gratitude and possibilities.

 

Business leader Dr. Margaret Heffernan astutely observed that for women, collaboration is not a soft skill. It is our superpower. PBWC has established a tradition of harnessing our collaborative superpower to realize gains on behalf of women and all others for whom opportunity is not yet equal.

 

In this wonderful New Year full of new possibilities, each of us can call upon this superpower to make 2021 our best year yet for igniting change and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

PBWC’s 2021 programming through-line is a call to action to IGNITE CHANGE. We are building on the success of our first-ever virtual conference and the 31 incredible conferences that came before it. Our stage will host the visionaries, the disruptors, the innovators and the change agents from right here in California and all across the globe. Even as I write, our small but mighty team is hard at work curating our May Conference, monthly webinars, and other experiences designed to educate, connect and inspire.

 

May 2021 bring equal pay, equal access and great prosperity for all.

 

Happy New Year from our Board of Directors and Management Team. Let’s IGNITE CHANGE together.

 

In solidarity,

 

 

Nicole Soluri
PBWC CEO

100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

On August 18th, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which granted a citizen’s right to vote shall not be denied on account of sex.

 

The journey began in the small upstate New York town of Seneca Falls in July of 1848 when Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martha Coffin Wright, Mary Ann McClintock and Jane Hunt met and called for a convention to “…discuss the social civil and religious conduction and rights of women.” From this, the suffragette movement was born.

 

Women’s right to vote was not automatic, and in fact, was strongly opposed by many men, and paradoxically, by many women. Along with the debate over the right to vote came violence and abuse. Though it took many years, advocates persevered and women’s right to vote was finally part of our Constitution.

 

The 19th Amendment did not, however, guarantee all women the right to vote. Women were still subject to constitutional and state laws that kept them from the polls, including those based on race.

 

In the 1920 elections, Black women showed up to the polls in droves. Most were denied access and told their right to vote was unconstitutional, but few did manage to cast their ballots thanks to the work of women like Mary McLeod Bethune, a Florida educator, philanthropist and civil rights activist, as well as work by Missouri’s Francis Harriett Williams, whose accomplishments span the YWCA, NAACP and President Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights. They, and many others, pursued change tirelessly while facing down opposition, including the Klu Klux Klan. They would not be denied.

 

The failure to include and guarantee the right to vote to all people was indicative of the times, and while a lot has changed, we still have a long way to go before all are truly equal.

 

Today, all citizens of the United States (age 18 and above) have the right to vote. We owe a debt of gratitude and have an obligation to the women, and men, of every race and background, who relentlessly pursued the right of future generations. Let their battles not be in vain.

 

Regardless of your sex, race, or political views, it is incumbent upon us all of us to leverage this hard-won right, wield our power as citizens and make our country and our communities a better place to live. One where we all belong and are equal in the eyes of the law and structure of society.

 

Make the most of this legacy. Cast your vote in November.

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