Syd Gibson, President

The celebratory month had its beginnings on February 28, 1909 as a socialist and labor movement in New York City. It honored the one year anniversary of the garment worker's strikes in New York that took place when thousands of women marched for economic rights through lower Manhattan to Union Square. Women's Day grew into an international observance spreading through Europe on the heels of socialism.

Women set about revising the school curriculum in Sonoma County, California to maintain balance on the contributions of women in America in the 1970's. A Women's History Week was created in 1978 around International Women's Day on March 8, 1975 marked by the United Nations.

Gerda Lerner chaired the Institute at the time of the conference at Sarah Lawrence College in 1979. Organizers lobbied Congress and President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first national Women's History Week for March 2-8, 1980.

In 1987, congress passed a proclamation establishing Women's History Month. Now, Presidents pass annual proclamations announcing Women's History Month with a different theme each year.

For 2020, the theme is Valiant Women of the Vote. Let us all celebrate women who have fought for our right to vote.

Cynthia Fredricks

Cynthia Fredricks, Public Policy Chair

The Winter 2019 edition of The Florida Business Woman Public Policy Committee report included ERA Talking Points. The article talked about why we need the ERA. Listed below are just some of the points covered.

Without the ERA, the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex.

The ERA would provide a clearer judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination. Not every state in the U.S. has ratified the ERA and therefore, federal and state courts are inconsistent in their rulings regarding claims of sexual discrimination.

The ERA would provide a strong legal defense against a rollback of the significant advances in women's rights that have been achieved since the mid-20th century.

The ERA would improve the United States standing in the world community with respect to human rights. The governing documents of many other countries affirm legal gender equality, however imperfect the global implementation of that ideal may be.

For more information, visit the Alice Paul Institute at


"Jewels of Business" Women's Workshop
(An Individual Development Workshop)

By Esther Bird

The December 5th "Jewels of Business" workshop will be fantastic and I know you will be sad if you have to miss that event. So please reserve your place now since seating is limited.

The event begins with registration and breakfast at 8:30. Program starts as 9:00 am with three morning speakers. Lunch will be served, great food all prepared by the chefs at Plantation Gold and Country Club. The afternoon will feature three more speakers who will amaze you with their knowledge and presentation skills. Additionally, refreshments will be served mid-afternoon. Beautiful raffle baskets will be available and chance tickets sold.

I encourage you to invite your friends, co-workers and neighbors to attend with you. I can assure you, it will be a great day. The cost, if only $30, quite a bargain for such a spectacular event.

We have several event sponsors but would love to have more. If you are interested, let one of the committee members know.

 The speakers and topics are as follows:

                Spiritual Health                                                            M.K. Mueller
                How to Stay Safe Online                                               Mark Rizzo         
                Secrets to Aging With Good Health                                Bill Mechling
                Dealing with Personal Challenges                                   Dr Christopher Cortman

                Cosmetic Options for Women                                        Dr Karen Helmick                            

                Managing a Very Busy Life                                            Cyndi Fredricks

We ask that all members support this event by their attendance and by inviting friends to attend. Tickets are only $30.

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Debra Shaw - 2nd BPWEV Vice President, Dr. Karen Helmick, Sue Hofgrefe, Carol DeGulis - new BPWEV Members
Debra Shaw - 2nd BPWEV Vice President, Dr. Karen Helmick, Sue Hofgrefe, Carol DeGulis - new BPWEV Members

Three new members, Dr. Karen Helmick, Sue Hofgrefe and Carol DeGulis are new members of the Business and Professional Women/Englewood and Venice (BPWEV).

They were inducted into the organization at the January 21, 2020 dinner meeting by 2nd Vice President Debra Straw in a traditional ceremony and received a warm welcome by the membership.

BPWEV meets every third Tuesday of each month at the Plantation Golf and Country Club. The mission of BPWEV is: “To achieve equity for all women through ‘Advocacy, Education and Information”. BPW/USA celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, This organization believes strongly in “Women Helping Women”. BPWEV offers Adult Learner Scholarships to women who are returning to college or vocational schools to achieve higher education in order to provide better for their families. All BPWEV meetings are open to the public and guests are always welcome. For more information go to:

Syd Gibson, President

Heart Disease is the Number 1 cause of death in both men and women. A few suggestions to help lower your risk of heart disease can begin with watching your weight. Now, I do not mean getting on the scale and looking at your weight, saying something profound like, “Oh, really” and grabbing a bag of chips . Perhaps it would be better said to keep a healthy weight with a concerted effort to consume nutritional foods at every meal and eating popcorn seasoned with Rosemary instead of salt and drinking perhaps a glass of iced tea without sugar.

Do not smoke and stay away from secondhand smoke which can be just as bad for your health.

Control your cholesterol and your blood pressure by eating baked or broiled foods and avoiding trans fats. Eating raw vegetables on a salad with salad dressing such as oil and vinegar or consuming fresh fruits such as apples and bananas or berries which contain natural sugars or satisfy your sweet tooth or we have also been informed that dark chocolate is heart healthy when consumed in moderation.

If you drink alcohol, please drink in moderation. We need to keep in mind that red wine is on the list of foods that are heart healthy not totally depriving ourselves and only consuming water and a crust of whole grain bread.

Get active and stay active for a heart healthy February. Walk around the block or to the beach for a beautiful sunset 20 minutes a day. Getting outside and enjoying our lovely Florida weather walking, bicycling, playing tennis or running a marathon is a natural way to keep fit and stay healthy.

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