Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hello lovely ladies that read our Business and Professional Women of Boulder BLOG page. 

We are having a great election season and educating ourselves about a lot of important work for women/girls, well in fact EVERYONE!!!

Check out the Boulder City Council race and make sure to vote. There are lots of positions open this term. We NEED woman friendly councilmen/women to represent us. Cities for CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women/Girls) is at stake here. Check your local cities in Boulder county and the state of Colorado! Get in there and let them know we count. It is so urgent, especially in these tense times. Thanks!!

Also, BPW Colorado had an event that was held at ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE Theatre in Denver on Colfax that was awesome August 27, 2017. Equal Means Equal was an intense movie that spells out how women got where they are NOW and from hence we came. It is powerful! Do watch it. I think its .99 on amazon, but we here at BPW Colorado have a copy of the disk for free if its not used for wrong purposes. Just watch for free and enjoy type gatherings. We have it! Or rent it but DO NOT MISS IT! Amazing things we didn't even know after all our years of work for women/girls and all humans in our race!

Have a great end of SUMMER all. We have a lunch gathering in Boulder on Sept 10 called What's Food Got to Do With it?! By Julie Thenell. She's amazing as well. It is at the Egg and I on Baseline. Sign up on our website www.bpwcolorado.org. Click on events and its only $5 if you are a member and $10 if not a member. Then cost of lunch. GREAT presentation. She is a nutritionist with major knowledge of food. You will love her. We do!

Thanks so much for reading our fun blog!!!!

Sharon Simmons
BPW Boulder President
BPW CO Advocacy VP - We do alot of work in advocacy, won't you join us!!??

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Citizen's Climate Lobby Focuses On One Thing!

July 2017 Green News from Laurie Dameron monthly music newsletter and Green News

Citizen's Climate Lobby Focuses On One Thing! 

I have heard about Citizens’ Climate Lobby for some years, but always thought it was an organization that works on legislation for many kinds of environmental issues. I learned otherwise when I finally attended a CCL meeting, where Susan Secord (Boulder, Colorado Chapter) explained what CCL is about. "Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change."

Since it began in 2007, it has zeroed in on getting its carbon fee and dividend legislative proposal passed. It works by training ordinary citizen volunteers to build relationships with elected government officials, the media, and their local community. Right away, I thought what a great thing to be so focused! 

The evening I attended the meeting, CCL volunteers were preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., at their own expense, to lobby Congressional representatives—35 members from Colorado, 1,300 members from the entire U.S.!  I always thought lobbyists stood outside the Capitol building and grabbed politicians when they walked by. Yes, I have a lot to learn! CCL volunteers actually make appointments ahead of time and then meet with Senators and House Representatives. This June, CCL volunteer lobbyists visited over 500 members of Congress! 

Although there have been a number of carbon tax proposals made in the last few years, CCL wants to institute a carbon fee. A fee differs from a tax—a tax has the purpose of raising revenue, whereas a fee is to recover the costs of providing a service. CCL’s preferred climate solution is "a national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system (CF&D) [that] would place a predictable, steadily rising price on carbon, with all fees collected minus administrative costs returned to households as a monthly energy dividend."

CCL fully understands that the majority of science has substantiated climate change, which is gravely endangering health and poses catastrophic impacts to human civilization. We MUST get the CO2 in our atmosphere down from over 400 parts per million to 350 parts per million! 

If passed, CCL’s CF&D proposal would greatly benefit the economy, our health, the health of our environment, and national security. 

How exactly would the CF&D system work? Basically, there would be a fee on fossil fuels and other greenhouse gases at the source (mine, well, port of entry), starting out at a low of $15 per ton collected by the U.S. Treasury. The fee would go up at least $10 per ton each following year. Then each household in the U.S.A. would receive an equal monthly dividend to offset the costs of transitioning to a greenhouse-gas-free economy. The dividend would increase yearly, stimulating the economy as well as increasing the demand for cleaner energies, which would become more affordable. And we’d be well on our way to a fully clean energy economy! 

At first, I thought the equal dividend sounded unfair. What if my neighbors use much more energy than my household? Well, they might, but they will pay for it in the long run. If electricity and gas prices rise, there will be much more incentive to conserve. 

As I searched the Internet for pros and cons of this system, something that caught my attention was that often low-income households live in homes that are less energy-efficient; therefore, an equal dividend might not seem fair. Of course, there's always controversy when it comes to anything, let alone legislation. A carbon tax model as part of Australia’s Clean Energy Act of 2011 was repealed in 2014. There has been a carbon tax in British Columbia since 2008, where there is still controversy as to whether or not it has decreased gas consumption. But keep in mind that the models for a tax and a fee are different. You'll have to do some homework yourself, but I am confident that Citizens’ Climate Lobby, working side by side with bipartisan political support, will iron out the details to make this an effective plan for fighting climate change. 

Speaking of bipartisan support, the Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives was formed in February 2016, and now there are 44 (22 Republicans, 22 Democrats) in the caucus! See who they are here: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/climate-solutions-caucus/.

You can help by writing your House Representatives and urge them to join the caucus. You can find your legislators here: http://leg.colorado.gov/legislators/. Or just write your short personal story to your House Representatives and Senators to let them know why they should act on climate change!

Please take two minutes of your time to watch this video: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/why-carbon-fee-and-dividend/carbon-fee-dividend-video/. And here is a link to a study done by an independent economic organization that shows the projected environmental, economic and health impacts of the CF&D system: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/remi-report.

Simply joining one of CCL’s 418 chapters and 72,000 members worldwide will help (nothing is required of you to join)! Just click on the red JOIN CCL button at the top of its website: https://citizensclimatelobby.org.

This is HUGE! I urge all of you who read this to do some more research and join this far-reaching, influential organization at a critical time in our history. After you join, you will get the CCL newsletter full of informative articles. Surely there will be an upcoming CCL event soon where you too, can attend, ask questions, and learn—just as I did! 


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

4 Steps to Develop Empathy (...And get what you want, anytime.)

To get what we want, we must also understand what others want. Win-win is rooted in the idea that when everyone is uplifted the results are greater. This is more than results for returns, it's also for building and deepening relationships. It's also for recognizing the strengths in a group (or team) and when to lead and when to follow.

1. Manage your own emotions (Emotional Intelligence / EQ)
2. Practice non-judgement.
3. Be curious.
4. Listen actively.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Voice of Bold Business Radio Interview on Cities for CEDAW! You GOTTA READ THIS!!

Cities for CEDAW Interview with UNA BC and BPW Colorado

Check out this wonderful interview Jessica Dewell did with United Nations Association of Boulder County and Business and Professional Women of Colorado recently! If you don't know about Cities for CEDAW please listen and go to www.cedaw-colorado.org to see what we have done in one year here in this state!

We are excited! Join us and we'll show you a great time!
Sharon Simmons
President of BPW Boulder
VP of BPW Colorado Advocacy
Cities for CEDAW Task Force

Monday, July 10, 2017

BPW Boulder is recognized as a CWEF Named Scholarship Sponsor

Karen McGee, President CWEF
& Sharon Simmons, President BPW Boulder
Colorado Women’s Education Foundation (CWEF) started because past BPW presidents and board members decided there was more to be done, more to elevate women by supporting their efforts to increase their education regardless of their age. Education is at the center of the BPW mission: to build full participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency for all women. Part of BPW’s dues is allocated to CWEF, but your chapter can do more. Another way to help is to hold a fundraising event specifically to support CWEF’s scholarships for women.

We have a choice of what actions we take, including which organizations we support with time and energy, as well as with our pocketbooks.

Boulder Commits To Donation from Celebration of Women.

The Celebration of Women team for Boulder’s chapter made a bold promise this year: donate 34% of all proceeds of the 2017 event to CWEF.

Reshaping how we think about supporting the efforts of others in our daily lives may seem insignificant, yet it’s not. Take BPW Boulder. They wanted to make a big difference and to support women in achieving their educational goals in becoming more economically self-sufficient for themselves and their families.

Boulder didn’t know if they’d make $1of profit or $1,000 of profit. But they intentionally choose to make a commitment to donate funds to CWEF. This powerful choice displays their action on the BPW mission. It shows their chapter members that being part of something larger matters. Together, they worked to raise women up.

Boulder’s 2017 Celebration of Women event raised $600 for CWEF.

You may not know this, but a contribution (one time or through continuous giving) of $1,000 enables a person or entity to be recognized on CWEF’s website and in annual reports as a Lifetime Scholarship Sponsor. BPW Boulder recognized the impact of this contribution as a marketing tool for their chapter. The board decided to donate an additional $400 to CWEF this year to reach the goal of supporting a named scholarship of $1,000. With additional donations, BPW Boulder will reach the next level and become a named scholarship sponsor of $3,000.  

CWEF is pleased to share BPW Boulder’s commitment to help the women applying for 2017 scholarships. Check out the listing of BPW Boulder’s named scholarship at http://cwef.org/sponsors/named-scholarship-sponsors/. You might also want to browse the entire www..cwef.org website to learn about the many ways to contribute and read the inspiring success stories there.  

Karen McGee, President CWEF
& Sharon Simmons, President BPW Boulder
BPW Colorado President and CWEF Board of Trustees’ Treasurer, Deb Fischer, has this to share about CWEF and what chapters can do to help other women. "CWEF was founded by passionate BPW members, as a sister nonprofit organization, in an effort to provide the gift of education to empower women to support themselves and their families. Forty years later, CWEF is even more important in assisting women to achieve their career goals and in many cases, financial independence. I challenge each chapter to step up and organize a scholarship fundraiser on behalf of CWEF. The trustees and recipients will be available and excited to assist!"

Let’s get every Colorado chapter listed on CWEF’s website.  Support the BPW mission. Support your local women. Take intentional action.

Together we can help CWEF reach the challenging goal to increase its endowment to $2 million by 2022 so the scholarship program will be self-sustaining.

How to contact CWEF:  www.cwef.org or office@cwef.org

Submitted by Jessica Dewell and Karen McGee

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Greetings everyone reading our blog! We have good news in the world of Cities for CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women/Girls).  

Reminder: CEDAW is the only United Nations international human rights treaty that focuses exclusively on the rights of women/girls. Adopted by many countries since 1979, CEDAW has ratified in 187 of 192 countries world wide. Guess what? Our United States is one of the six that has not ratified it. In an effort to pass it in the United States we have gone to a grass roots effort city by city-thereby the name Cities for CEDAW. In the US, 57 cities have resolutions and 7 have ordinances (a binding law) to work on discrimination issues and principals of CEDAW. Fyi-we need approximately 100 cities signed on with Cities for CEDAW to take this back to D.C. for possible ratification.

So, back to where we were here. The Colorado Task Force has been very busy since the last post on this fantastic blog. We have signed on Lafayette and Louisville CO for resolutions and Greeley is on a 5 year plan starting with a proclamation ending in ordinance. We attended the Denver Gender Equity Summit after they completed their gender study. Hundreds of women attended this massive gathering to work on all issues of equality. Kim Desmond (from the Denver Women's Commission) met with us along with Skye Stuart of the City of Denver,  The United Nations Association representatives from Denver/Boulder County and Business and Professional Women of Colorado, shortly after that summit. We have a game plan in the City of Denver, awaiting the legal study being done by UNA Denver. 

In Boulder, the city completed its gender study in March and we met with the City of Boulder again at their City Council meeting June 20-with four speakers to this movement. What exciting times we are in! Boulder is working on a letter from the Human Rights Commission to the City Manager and hopefully they all agree that a AT LEAST a resolution is in order for this city, if not an ordinance. 

Also, we recorded a radio show for The Voice of Bold Business Radio today and it will air on July 21, 2017 after the noon hour on iheart radio, itunes, utube and a few more! Watch for it and we will post it on here with a link. We go into details about our task force and how you can help as well as how much we have all done to move this state forward on Cities for CEDAW and rights of women/girls in this state. 

Please visit our Task Force website at:  www.cedaw-colorado.org and see what you think!! Jump on and give us your logo in support of your non-profit, business or personally! We will post you and let everyone see that you support human rights and women's rights in our state of Colorado. We appreciate you visiting and please do get ahold of me on email at: ssimmons@bpwcolorado.org

Thank you so much fair cities of our state! 

Task Force Members/contributors:  Sharon Simmons, President of BPW Boulder, VP of Advocacy for BPW CO and Veronica Hrutkay of United Nations Association Boulder County and Zonta of Boulder County/Chief Catalyst 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hi all! Zuza Bohley from United Nations Assoc of Boulder County sent this to share with Business and Professional Woman of Colorado and beyong! THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS:

Women are often dis-proportionatetly affected by climate change – and are the keys to climate action.  We want to recognize and empower women as impactful change makers for the environment and health of our planet.
Women bear severe gender impacts of climate change but systematically lack equal representation in decision making. That is a problem.[1]

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security [2] recently released a new study that examines climate change as a human rights imperative, global security threat and a pervasive strain on economic stability. The report highlights how women bear severe gendered impacts of climate change – including adverse health, economic, social and physical consequences – but systematically lack equal representation in decision-making.
Structural and cultural disparities make women disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Women are more likely than men to die during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and climate change-related events. For the women who survive, many often lack legal assets and rights to property, which leaves them few resources with which to rebuild their lives. As women travel greater distances to collect essential resources like water, firewood and food to support their families, they are often threatened and abused.
Climate change has also contributed to high levels of displacement and forced migration due to environmental degradation and natural disasters. While migration can be a lifesaving tool for adaptation to climate change, forced migration often perpetuates and worsens the inequalities that women face. When male family members migrate, female members are often left to perform traditional roles as caregivers, in addition to becoming the sole breadwinner. When women must migrate, their economic and physical security is compromised, often leaving them to become targets for human traffickers and smugglers.
Women are more likely to believe in the science of global warming and are more concerned with health and safety issues. They are also more likely to recycle and be more environmentally conscious.
In the industrial world, women are making everyday decisions for their household: what to buy and what to replace. Women have a central role in decision making when it comes to consumption and waste. They decide which brand of detergent, cereal what grocery store and which staples are consumed by their families. Beyond that they are the guardians of what get’s replaced or tossed out. Therefore, women are big stake holders in the opportunity to take impactful action on Climate Change.
Ecocycle in Boulder, Colorado says, "Zero Waste practice is one of the quickest and easiest ways to fight climate change and build healthy communities."
90% of all our trash is recyclable or compostable. Currently, Boulder only recycles and reuses 39% of its waste.
Rethinking consumption and waste, we can save up to 42% of all greenhouse gases (from landfills) focusing on One single action. Thus, we propose that all BoCoWoCo partners agree to become leaders by example: pledging to advance Zero Waste.
This can manifest in having Zero waste events and educating the greater public (as well as our constituencies) about how to become a more conscious consumer, choosing waste minimizing options (sharing resources with others, reusable dishes and silver wear, recycled products, buying in bulk, Meatless Mondays, etc).

[2] https://giwps.georgetown.edu/sites/giwps/files/Women%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf