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Live. Learn. Lead.
Women's Leadership News
 August 2013
In This Issue
- Did You Know This?
- Hundreds Participate in Violence Against Women Hearings
- The Secret to Leadership
2014 DATE:  
Friday, June 13th


THEME:  

Courage to Lead 
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Greetings Women of East Tennessee!  
 
Wendy Pitts ReevesAnd hello, Women of East Tennessee!

I drove by a local high school last Friday night and was startled to see the first round of fall football traffic. How in the world can it be football time already??

I don't know, but it is. Football is a big tradition in East Tennessee - no matter what color your team may wear. And as a longtime "band mom," I personally love any game that includes a half-time show. :)

But I'd like to see us develop a new tradition as well - one in which women play a (much) bigger role in the civic, corporate, and community life of East Tennessee.

I'd like to see a tradition in which our sisters, our daughters - and we ourselves are the "quarterbacks," the leaders, the decision-makers of the teams on which WE serve.

Are you doing that? Are you stepping up, accepting the challenge, trying out YOUR hand at calling the plays?

I hope so. But if you're not, don't worry. We're committed to doing everything we can to show you how, to teach you the skills, provide the support, and do what it takes to get you to the top.

Check out the great articles below, and stay with us as we continue to explore these important matters.

Together we're committed to Live. Learn.
And Lead in East Tennessee. 
 
~ Wendy
Did You Know This?

Women's Equality Day & the Yellow Rose

This August 26th marks the 93rd anniversary of the 19th amendment that "gave" women the right to vote.  The word "gave" is so set off because for 72 years, from 1848 until 1920, women fought relentlessly to make this happen.  So it was not a "gift" in any sense of the word.

It certainly wasn't a gift to the many women who spent long winter days standing on the picket lines in front of the White House, or who were jailed and lived through the November 15, 1917 "Night of Terror" at the Occoquan workhouse, where Alice Paul was brutally force-fed (just the first) and others stood with their arms handcuffed above their heads in their cells.

It wasn't a gift to Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, or many others who dedicated the bulk of their lives to the cause, or to Inez Millholland, who collapsed while giving a speech about women's rights in Los Angeles in 1916 and died just days later.  Her last public words were, "Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?"

In Tennessee, it is important for us to know that, thanks to Febb and Harry Burn, we became the "Perfect 36."  The ratification vote in Tennessee was a make-or-break situation.  It didn't look good.  During the debates, representatives for ratification wore yellow roses while opponents wore red roses.  Young, first-term legislator Harry Burn was wearing a red rose. 

On the day of the vote, Harry received a letter from his mother, Febb.

"Dear Son, ... Hurray and vote for Suffrage and don't keep them in doubt. I noticed Chandlers' speech, it was very bitter. I've been waiting to see how you stood but have not seen anything yet.... Don't forget to be a god [sic] boy and help Mrs. Catt with her "Rats." Is she the one that put rat in ratification, Ha! No more from mama this time. With lots of love, Mama."

He couldn't let his mother down.  The 24-year-old Harry exchanged his red rose for a yellow one and became the deciding vote.  On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment and women won the right to vote.  (Rep. Burn served only that one term in the legislature, by the way.)
 
That is why yellow roses are so important on Women's Equality Day!  Did you learn this story in history class?  Ensure that your daughters, nieces, granddaughters and other young women in your life know it!
Hundreds Participate in Violence Against Women Hearings

Recommendations Expected in October

 

One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.  Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.  Those are two of the many alarming facts about domestic violence.   

 

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has conducted nine hearings across the state to assess the economic impact of domestic violence, hearing from law enforcement officials, health department and emergency room providers, counseling agencies, and victims themselves.  The point? Sometimes fixing a problem means you have to be able to talk about it in dollars and cents. 

 

The Council is preparing a report and recommendations that will be released in October at the Economic Summit for Women in Nashville.  The report will reflect the testimony of the nearly 130  individuals who spoke to an audience of almost 750 (numbers combined across nine hearings).  We had media coverage for every hearing, which extended our reach beyond the hearing venue.   

 

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly attended each hearing, as did the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives members (or their representatives) from each district.   

 

According to TECW Executive Director Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, "The issue of violence against women from an economic lens has been brought to the forefront because of these hearings.   Policy makers, influencers, stakeholders and citizens alike are asking the question, 'What are we paying for these senseless crimes?'" 

The Secret to Leadership
by Sharon Hannum   
 

The secret to leadership is .... there are no real  Sharon Hannumsecrets!  Here are a few tips that make good leaders great.

 

Keep It Simple

Focus on what is really important and set priorities. Simplify the work as much as possible. Create thinking time for yourself and others.

 

Inspire Creativity

Creative thinking and risk-taking often lead to a bigger place. So explore possibilities and follow curiosity. Believe in new ideas even if they don't fit right now. Help people infuse their ideas within the context of the whole

 

Communicate Openly

Find your voice. Trust and express it. Share information and your own ideas. Be present. Be accessible. Listen. Ask questions. Integrate your thinking into the big picture. Be conscious of how your presence and style affect others.

 

These are just a few ways to boost your leadership power. 

Don't wait -- 93% of attendees said they will definitely be inviting friends/colleagues to next year's Summit.  They evaluated  the Summit as "inspiring," "motivational," "valuable," "high energy," and as providing "great networking," having "different points of view," etc. 

Mark the date, FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 on your calendar.  NOW!!!!  

This is NOT your typical conference.

Don't miss it. Tell your friends!!

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