Welcome New Executive Director Peggy Parolin

Welcome New Executive Director Peggy Parolin

OWL is excited to welcome Peggy Parolin as Executive Director. Peggy is an award-winning communicator, leader, storyteller, and strategist who has spent the past three decades sharing her talents with a global corporation, raising four children, and serving in numerous non-profits roles.

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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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Miami-Dade Commissioners Pass United Nations Convention to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

On September 1st, 2015 the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously in support of an ordinance presented by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, former OWL board Vice-President, to implement the United Nations Convention to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The new ordinance adopts the spirit and underlying principles of the international treaty. CEDAW was adopted by the UN in 1979 but has never been ratified by the United States. Miami Dade is the first county to pass the ordinance and joins other “Cities for CEDAW” nationwide. Originally sponsored solely by Commissioner Levine Cava, the ordinance picked up an additional seven sponsors, over half of the Board.

Posted by Bobbie Brinegar on 04/28 at 09:45 AM

“Deeds Not Words”

Activist Alice Paul is Recognized as President Obama Designates National Monument Honoring Women’s Equality

Alice Paul, women’s rights activist and founder of the National Woman’s Party, had a motto: “Deeds not words.” On the path to achieving equality in society, it is, more than anything, our actions that demonstrate our commitment and bring about lasting change.

President Obama took such action today when he designated the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum as a national monument.

The House, on Washington’s Capitol Hill, is the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, whose courageous activism was key to the passage of the 19th amendment and to the 20th century women’s rights movement.

It’s a National Historic Landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places, and a designee of the Save America’s Treasures program.

Now, thanks to the strong support of hundreds of community members and officials — including Senator Barbara Mikulski, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis — this American treasure has been saved.

Read the full Huffington Post blog here.

Posted by Deborah Akel on 04/12 at 10:38 PM

Show Us the Money

When women succeed, we all succeed; but more innovation and investments are needed

It was entirely appropriate that the Treasury Department held its 6th annual Women in Finance & Technology Symposium on St. Patrick’s Day, a day symbolized by green. Because green - as in money - is what this gathering was all about: how to earn more of it, how to save it, how to protect it, and how to make it look more like America. Co-hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the event brought together women in senior positions from both the public and private sectors for informative discussions on economic and tech issues. There were panels on enhancing cybersecurity, on inspiring young women to pursue careers in STEM fields, and on redesigning our currency to better reflect our inclusive democracy. Among the most compelling was a presentation by McKinsey & Company’s Vivian Riefberg, who discussed findings of a new report on women’s equality and economic empowerment.

Read the full Huffington Post blog here.

Posted by Deborah Akel on 04/12 at 09:03 PM

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