September Observer

September Observer

In the latest OWL Observer, we look at how too many Independent voters are shut out of the primary process; must-know information on Social Security and women that OWL shared with all presidential candidates; and more.

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What makes OWL unique is our sharp focus. We are the only organization that works solely on the economic security and quality-of-life issues impacting women over 40, who account for almost one-quarter of the U.S. population.

Join us in speaking up for this estimated 78-million-member demographic whose voice on the policy stage has yet to match its size.


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California Closing the Gap

On Tuesday, California took a landmark step in addressing wage discrimination when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Fair Pay Act, which is being called the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.

The Act closes loopholes in existing laws that made it difficult for women to prove wage discrimination or challenge their employers.

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Posted by Deborah Akel on 10/07 at 11:49 PM

Unconventional Wisdom: Life is Too Long, Not Short

Beth Kurth leads investor relations for LeMaitre Vascular; she also chairs the Advisory Council for Boston Women in Finance

How many times have you heard it? Life is too short…  Life is too short to wear boring clothes. Life is too short to hate your job.  To worry about money.  To take a bad exercise class.

But this is exactly wrong.  Life is long, not short.  Too long to dress dully or to hate your job.  If life were too short, it wouldn’t matter.  You could forget about money – spend it all today, why not? Ignore your health – who cares?

Life is too long not to plan.  With life expectancy exceeding 85 years, both women and men need to give careful consideration to the future.  Women in particular need to take proactive steps given their longer lifespans, lower income and potential for higher healthcare costs.

Fortunately, women can and should own their future.  Owning the future is not just planning for retirement, but also taking steps today to ensure lifelong well-being.  Three steps women can take are:

1)    Join a professional association.  Whether it’s the Society of Association Executives or the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, membership in an association will expand your professional network and extend your opportunities.  Already retired? Re-engaging with your profession can provide an opportunity to learn what is new and/or contribute what you know. 

2)    Find an exercise you like.  If Lena Dunham can become an enthusiastic runner, then there is an exercise for every single person.  She notes, “I had to learn, as you age, you have to move. You have to move so you don’t die. You have to move so your brain doesn’t atrophy. You have to move so that you look a little bit like a person that you might want to be. There are a thousand reasons why exercise is important…”

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Posted by Pat Lewis on 10/07 at 10:25 AM

All-In for the Primaries

In OWL’s latest Huffington Post blog, Executive Director Bobbie Brinegar discusses opening up the primary election process to all voters. Below is an excerpt:

Over half the states have a closed or semi-closed primary system, where only registered members of a party with candidates on the ballot are allowed to vote. Voters who are independent, unaffiliated, or registered with a third party are excluded from voting, or forced to change party affiliation before they can vote.

This is wrong for a number of reasons.

Primaries are publicly funded. Voting machines, election materials, ballot tabulation, etc. are paid for with state tax dollars. All voters deserve the right to participate in a publicly funded election.

Primaries are critical. In many places, especially legislative districts drawn along party lines, the primary vote decides the election.

Read the full Huffington Post blog.

Posted by Brittany Reid on 09/30 at 10:10 AM

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