Women's Equality Day 2016


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The Wisconsin Women’s Network’s Annual Women’s Equality Day Event will take place on Friday, August 26, 2016 at The University Club in Madison. Mark your calendars and join us! Together we are:

Strengthening Women's Lives

Wisconsin Women's Network's
Women's Equality Day Event

Friday, August 26, 2016
from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The University Club
803 State Street, Madison

In 1971, Congress designated August 26th as a day to commemorate theratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote.
Equality was far from won in 1920, or in 1971. While voting rights were guaranteed in 1920, those rights were extended largely to white women, and women of color were excluded from the polls for decades to come. For example, it wasn’t until 1957 that all Native American women were allowed to vote in all states, and racial minorities were not afforded the legal protections of their voting rights until the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Today, women of color, elderly women, poor women, trans folx, and other marginalized communities continue to experience voter disenfranchisement and major barriers to access the polls. Here and now in 2016, many women in the U.S. are blocked from exercising their right to vote because of restrictive voter ID laws. That is why the WWN continues to recognize Women’s Equality Day - to bring awareness to the inequalities (at the polls and beyond) so many women experience because of their gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexuality, ability, identity, and socioeconomic status. To Strengthen Women’s Lives!

Our Women's Equality Day Event serves as fundraiser to sustain the WWN's work for equality.We hope that you will join us on August 26 to hear from inspiring leaders from across our great state.

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Women's Equality Day Event Ticket

Attend our 2016 Women's Equality Day event! The ticket price includes a one-year membership to the Wisconsin Women's Network.

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Our Featured Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that Annette Miller will be the featured guest speaker at our Women's Equality Day event! Throughout her career, Annette Miller has served as a bridge between community, business, government, and nonprofits.

After moving to Madison in 1989, Annette worked in state government and specialized in policy, program, operational and policy advisory analysis. In 2003, she seized an opportunity to serve as Mayor Cieslewicz’s mayoral aide and was instrumental in supporting important issues like Allied Drive redevelopment, Department of Civil Rights reorganization, and recommending community and neighborhood strategies under the Community Development Division. In 2005, she started her career at Madison Gas and Electric Company as the Emerging Markets and Community Development Director. Annette has partnered and collaborated on countless projects that involve building and sustaining the greater Madison Community with the future of energy in mind. She is passionate about people and growing inclusive, resilient communities, neighborhoods, organizations, and businesses that support them. Annette finds the people and ideas that work, and is key in growth, development, and change strategies that empower people and community!

Our Honoree

We are excited to announce that we will be honoring Helen Marks Dicks of Madison for her excellence in advocacy and commitment to advancing the status of women and girls in Wisconsin at their annual Women’s Equality Day event on Friday, August 26, 2016. Marks Dicks played an integral role in developing and strengthening WWN’s Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute as Lead Instructor for the Institute’s foundational first three years. The Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute, soon embarking on its fifth year, trains women from across the state on the public policy process so they can be engaged advocates in their local and statewide communities on policy issues that matter to Wisconsin women and girls.

Marks Dicks, the lady with the big red glasses, is a well-known voice of advocacy in Wisconsin. She currently serves as the State Issues Advocacy Director for AARP Wisconsin. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1985, Marks Dicks has been involved in elder law and advocacy on both the legal and legislative level. Throughout her professional life, she has been an advocate for many organizations and causes. Her professional work experiences include union organizer/representative, private practice attorney, the Director of the Elder Law Center of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging groups and working for Wisconsin State Senator Judy Robson.

Our Sponsors

  • Bonnie Dykman
  • Madison Gas and Electric
  • Jessica Doyle
  • JoAnn Gruber-Hagen
  • Judy Taylor
  • New Glarus Brewing Co.